Illegal (group)

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Background information
OriginHolly Hill, South Carolina
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
GenresHip hop
Years active1993–1995
Associated acts
Past membersJamal
Mr. Malik

Illegal was a short-lived hip hop duo composed of Jamal Phillips (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and Malik Edwards (Holly Hill, South Carolina) that was signed to Rowdy Records. The duo was known to be affiliated with the hip-hop collective Hit Squad, made their debut with the album, The Untold Truth, released in 1993, which became a minor success, peaking at #119 on the Billboard 200 and #19 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Several tracks on the album, including its two singles, "Head or Gut" and "We Getz Busy," were diss songs directly aimed at rivals Kris Kross and Da Youngstas. The duo virtually disappeared from the public eye until 1995, when it teamed with Too Short on the song "Thangs Change", after which the group disbanded. Jamal Phillips would later release his debut solo album, Last Chance, No Breaks, in 1995 on Rowdy Records. Malik released one single for Rowdy Records titled "Malik Goes On", but his debut album was shelved. Malik worked with Monica on Miss Thang and later with his cousin Snoop Dogg on Doggystyle, Warren G on Regulate...G Funk Era, Take a Look Over Your Shoulder and Tha Dogg Pound on Dogg Food and finally released his debut album in 2005, The Game Needs Me.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Release Peak chart positions
US[1] US
The Untold Truth
  • Released: August 24, 1993
  • Label: Rowdy
119 19


Title Release Peak chart positions Album
US[3] US R&B[4] US Rap[5]
"Head or Gut" 1993 The Untold Truth
"We Getz Busy" 95 57 1
"Back in the Day" 1994 80 21
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Music videos[edit]


Release Director Album
"Head or Gut" 1993 Derrick W. Boatner The Untold Truth


  1. ^ "Illegal Chart History". Billboard 200. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "Illegal Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Illegal Chart History". Hot 100. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  4. ^ "Illegal Chart History". Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Illegal Chart History". Hot Rap Songs. Retrieved April 23, 2019.