Ill Will Records

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Ill Will Records
Parent company Sony Music Entertainment
Founded 1999
Founder Nas
Status Defunct
Distributor(s) Columbia Records
Genre Hip hop
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[edit]

Willie "Ill Will" Graham was born 1972 in Queensbridge Houses, New York City. 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. Nas first went by the nickname Kid Wave before adopting his more commonly known alias of Nasty Nas.

Former artists[edit]

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