Illy (rapper)

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Birth name Al Murray
Origin Frankston, Victoria, Australia
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Instruments Rap
Years active 2008-present
Associated acts Crooked Eye, Allday, Elemont

Al Murray (Born 1986), better known by his stage name Illy, is an Australian hip hop recording artist from Frankston, Australia. Before his solo career, Illy was a member of Crooked Eye, but opted to leave the group. He released his first solo album in 2009, entitled Long Story Short, and has since worked with artists such as drapht, Hilltop Hoods, and Owl Eyes.


Illy was a member of Crooked Eye before embarking on a solo career.

Illy released his first album, Long Story Short in 2009.[1][2][3] Long Story Short reached #24 on the ARIA Top 40 Urban Albums chart[4] and the lead single, "Pictures", was placed on national rotation on Triple J.[5] In April 2010, Illy embarked on his first national headlining tour, playing 12 dates nationally.[6] In September the same year, Illy toured nationally alongside Australian rappers 360 and Skryptcha for "The Three Up Tour".[7]

He appeared on the track "Take It from Me" on producer M-Phazes' debut album Good Gracious released in 2010.

In October 2010, Illy, released his second album The Chase, and its lead single "It Can Wait" debuted on the Australian Singles Chart at number fifty-eight. In October 2011, "It Can Wait" was certified Gold by ARIA after selling 35,000 copies.[8] In 2011, Illy was nominated for an ARIA Music Award for Best Urban Album for The Chase, which was won by Drapht.[9] His single "Cigarettes" was on high rotation on Triple J and came 35th in the 2011 Triple J Hottest 100.[10] In February 2011, Illy embarked on his 14-date nationwide "The Chase Tour", with special guest M-Phazes.

Illy released his third album, Bring It Back, on 21 September 2012,[11] following the release of the single "Heard it All".[12] This album was described by Illy as a "passion project" and a "tribute" to the Australian hip hop scene. He announced a corresponding 24-date nationwide tour, spanning from August until October 2012, with Australian hip-hop producer Chasm and Skryptcha as support acts.[13] At the 2013 Aria Music Awards, Bring It Back won Illy the Aria Award for "Best Urban Album".[14]

Illy left Obese Records following the release of Bring It Back to set up his own label, ONETWO records, and signed South Australian hip hop artist Allday. The label is a collaboration with the We Are Unified (UNFD) music company, which is also Illy's global management representative.[15][16]

His fourth studio album, Cinematic, a sequel to The Chase, was released through ONETWO on 8 November 2013. The album is executive produced by M-Phazes. M-Phazes also produced 10 of the 13 tracks, with J-Skub, Styalz Fuego and Cam Bluff producing one each. It debuted at number 4 on the ARIA Albums Charts on 16 November 2013. Artists who feature on the album include the Hilltop Hoods, Drapht, Kira Puru, Ahren Stringer, Thomas Jules from Rudimental and Daniel Merriweather. He announced on his Facebook page that his fourth album will be released through his own record label, "ONETWO", in association with Warner Music Australia. The singles for the album include "On & On", "Youngbloods" (featuring Ahren Stringer from The Amity Affliction) and a free iTunes single "Cinematic".

Illy won the ARIA award for Best Urban release in 2013 for "Bring It Back".





List of singles as main artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Pictures" 2009
"The Chase" 2011
"It Can't Wait"
"Heard It All" 2012 48
"Where Ya Been" (featuring Pez)
"On & On" 2013 Cinematic
"Youngbloods" 38
"Tightrope" (featuring Scarlett Stevens) 2014 18
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ 3D World, 25 March 2009 Illy - Licensed To Ill by Matt Unicomb
  2. ^ Stonnington Leader, 10 June 2009, "Keep-it-simple Illy hip hopping to quality"
  3. ^ Hobart Mercury, 13 August 2009 "Illy communication"
  4. ^ "ARIA Top 40 Urban Albums & Singles". ARIA. 21 September 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "hitlist (by artist): triple j music". ABC. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Illy – Pictures 2010 Tour + New Acoustic CD". All Aussie Hip-Hop. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Illy – The Chase (Initial Details) + The Three Up Tour". All Aussie Hip-Hop. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Illy Goes ARIA Gold!". All Aussie Hip-Hop. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Chartifacts - Week Commencing: 1st November 2010". Australian Recording Industry Association. 1 November 2010. Archived from the original on 2 November 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Countdown | Hottest 100 2011". Triple J. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  11. ^ ""Bring It Back", Illy". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Heard it all by Illy @ J Play". J Play. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Bring It Back Tour Announced for August/September!!!". Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Aria Awards / 2013 Best Urban Album". Aria Awards. AUSTRALIAN RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION. 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  15. ^ Paul Cashmere (28 September 2013). "Illy Launches Label And Signs Allday". Noise11. Noise11. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "ILLY, TUKA, ALLDAY & ELEMONT - HOW FAR". Illy Official Website. Illy Official Website. October 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  17. ^ Greg Moskovitch (1 December 2013). "ARIA Award 2013 Winners – Live Updates". Music Feeds. Music Feeds. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  18. ^ The Mercury, 12 June 2009 Illy - Long Story Short by Jarrad Bevan
  19. ^ Time Off Magazine, ILLY. Long Story Short by Rip Nicholson
  20. ^ The Canberra Times, 18 June 2009, review by Kate Kingsmill
  21. ^ The Cairns Post 4/5 stars 11 June 2009
  22. ^ "Discography Illy". Australian Charts Portal. 
  23. ^ "ARIA 2014 Singles accreditations". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 19 July 2014.