Ill Will Records
|Ill Will Records|
|Parent company||Sony Music Entertainment|
|Distributor(s)||Def Jam Recordings|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||New York City, New York|
Ill Will Records was an American vanity record label founded by Nasir "Nas" Jones. The label was named after Willie Graham, Nas' childhood neighbor and best friend, was shot dead on May 23, 1992 when both were teenagers. He launched the imprint in autumn 1999 with his fourth studio album Nastradamus.
Ill Will had distributed the Bravehearts through Columbia Records and former artist Quan through Atlantic Records. After signing to Def Jam Recordings in 2005, Nas relaunched Ill Will by the name The Jones Experience as an imprint under Def Jam Recordings.
Early life of Willie Graham
Willie Graham was Born 1972 in Queensbridge Houses, New York City. Willie Graham influenced Nas's interest in hip hop by playing him records.
As a teenager, Nas enlisted his best friend and upstairs neighbor Willie "Ill Will" Graham as his DJ. Nas first went by the nickname Kid Wave before adopting his more commonly known alias of Nasty Nas.
|1999||Nas - Nastradamus|
|2000||Nas and various other artists - Nas & Ill Will Records Presents QB's Finest|
|2001||Nas - Stillmatic|
|2002||Nas - From Illmatic to Stillmatic: The Remixes
|Nas - The Lost Tapes
|Nas - God's Son|
|2003||Bravehearts - Bravehearted|
|2004||Nas - Street's Disciple|