Ill Harmonics

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ill harmonics
OriginDallas, Texas
Genreship hop
Years active1995–unknown
LabelsBishara, Infuse, Uprok
Associated actsMG! The Visionary, Soup the Chemist
Websitebecrecordings.com/artists/195/Ill_Harmonics/
MembersPlaydough
Blake Knight
Gib

Ill Harmonics is a hip hop band from Dallas, Texas, formed in 1995 by Playdough and Blake Knight. In 2004, Gib, the brother of Blake Knight, joined the group as a drummer. Ill Harmonics has released four studio albums, An Octave Above The Original Volume No. 1 (2000), Take Two (2002), Monkey Business (2004), and Modern Heart Exhibit (2007), as well as a compilation sampler album with MG! the Visionary and Soup the Chemist, released in 2000 through Uprok. Both Playdough and Blake Knight have released solo material, and Playdough also performs and records with the supergroup Deepspace5.

History[edit]

Playdough and Blake Knight formed ill harmonics when the two met in Dallas, Texas, after the two met at their local church. [1][2][3] Both artists rap and produce in the group,[4] with Playdough also serving as a guitarist and Blake Knight as a keyboardist and bassist.[2] The duo released some demo recordings, and gained national exposure in 1998 when they made it to the Top 10 on MTV's The Cut.[5] The group was signed to Uprok Records and released their debut album, An Octave Above the Original Volume No. 1 that same year.[6] They also appeared with MG! The Visionary and Soup the Chemist on a sampler album, also released in 2000. Playdough also formed Phonetic Composition with Freddie Bruno, and both artists joined Deepspace5 in 2000.[7]

Ill Harmonics released their second album, Take Two, in 2002.[8] The album featured appearances from DJ Maj, Freddie Bruno, Earthsuit, and Marcos Curiel of P.O.D.[9] In 2004, Tony Gib, the brother of Blake Knight, joined the group as a drummer.[10] Now a trio, Ill Harmonics released Monkey Business, through Infuse, that year.[11] A fourth studio album, Modern Heart Exhibit, followed in 2007, also on Infuse and distributed through Spirit Music.[12][13] In 2012, the group released a single, "Loneliest Man", through Bishara Entertainmant.[14]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • An Octave Above The Original Volume No. 1 – 2000[15]
  • Take Two – 2002[15]
  • Monkey Business – 2004[15]
  • Modern Heart Exhibit – 2007[15]

Compilations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeBarros, Anthony (June 1, 2002). "One to Watch: Ill Harmonics; Quality Is Job 1 for Hip Hop duo" (PDF). CCM Magazine. Salem Communications. 24 (12): 24. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Wilson, MacKenzie. "Ill Harmonics". AllMusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  3. ^ "aphire :: interviews :: playdough". Light Online. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  4. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (May 31, 2002). "Ill Harmonics Take Two". Exclaim!. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  5. ^ DeBarros, Anthony (June 1, 2002). "One to Watch: Ill Harmonics; Quality Is Job 1 for Hip Hop duo" (PDF). CCM Magazine: 24. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  6. ^ DeBarros, Anthony (June 1, 2002). "One to Watch: Ill Harmonics; Quality Is Job 1 for Hip Hop duo" (PDF). CCM Magazine: 24. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Fryberger, Scott (October–November 2010). "Deepspace 5 Interview, Deepspace 5 2010 Jesusfreakhideout.com Interview". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  8. ^ McCreary, David (April 1, 2002). "Ill Harmonics: Take Two" (PDF). CCM Magazine. Salem Communications. 24 (10): 62–3. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 25, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 3.5/5 stars
  9. ^ McNeese, Kevin (January 30, 2008). "Take 2 by Ill Harmonics". New Release Today. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  10. ^ "Drummer Joins Ill Harmonics". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  11. ^ Bain, David (December 1, 2004). "Ill Harmonics – Monkey Business". Cross Rhythms. Cross Rhythms (83). Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  12. ^ "Harmonic Exhibit: US hip-hop team Ill Harmonics release new album". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  13. ^ Inglis, Greg (July 21, 2007). "Modern Heart Exhibit – Ill Harmonics". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  14. ^ "Loneliest Man – Single by Ill Harmonics on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  15. ^ a b c d "Ill Harmonics". Discogs. Retrieved March 13, 2016.

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