Ill Will Records

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Ill Will Records
Parent companySony, Universal
Distributor(s)Columbia, Def Jam
GenreHip hop
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew York, New York, America

Ill Will is an American vanity record label founded by Nas. The label was named after Willie "Ill Will" Graham, Nas' childhood neighbor and best friend, who was shot dead on May 23, 1992 when both were teens.[1] Nas founded the label in 1999 following the release of Nastradamus[2].

After signing to Def Jam in 2005, Nas relaunched Ill Will by the name The Jones Experience as an imprint under Def Jam.[3]

Early life of Willie Graham[edit]

Willie "Ill Will" Graham was born 1972 in Queensbridge Houses, New York City.[citation needed] Willie Graham, Nas' best friend and upstairs neighbor, influenced Nas' interest in hip hop by playing him records. As a teenager, Nas enlisted Graham as his DJ.[citation needed] Nas first went by the nickname Kid Wave before adopting his more commonly known alias of Nasty Nas.[citation needed]


Former producers[edit]


Year Information
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
  • Released: September 24, 2002
  • Chart positions: #10 U.S Billboard 200
Nas - God's Son
2003 Bravehearts - Bravehearted
  • Released: December 23, 2003
  • Chart positions: #75 U.S Billboard 200
  • RIAA Certification:
  • U.S. sales:
  • Singles: "Quick to Back Down", "B Train", "Bravehearted", "I Wanna", "Buss My Gun", "Cash Flow", "Sensations", "I Will", "Situations"
2004 Nas - Street's Disciple