Illy (rapper)

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Illy
Illy (rapper) at Aria Awards 2013.jpg
Background information
Birth nameAlasdair Murray
Born (1985-09-06) 6 September 1985 (age 34)
OriginFrankston, Victoria, Australia
GenresAustralian hip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, singer, songwriter
Years active2009–present
LabelsONETWO, UNFD
Associated actsCrooked Eye, Allday, Elemont, Kuren, Vera Blue, Hilltop Hoods, Anne-Marie
Websiteillyal.com

Alasdair Murray[1] (born 6 September 1986[2]), better known by his stage name Illy, is an Australian hip hop recording artist from Ormond in Melbourne. Illy first emerged onto the hip hop scene in 2009 and has released five studio albums and has won multiple ARIA Music Awards.[3] Illy has performed at many Australian music festivals including headline spots at Groovin The Moo, Splendour in the Grass, Spilt Milk and Yours and Owls.

Career[edit]

2009–2011: Long Story Short and The Chase[edit]

Before his solo career, Illy was a member of Crooked Eye, but opted to leave the group.[citation needed]

Illy performing at the University of Tasmania in 2011.

Illy released his first album, Long Story Short in 2009.[4][5][6] Long Story Short reached No. 24 on the ARIA Top 40 Urban Albums chart[7] and the lead single, "Pictures", was placed on national rotation on Triple J.[8] In April 2010, Illy embarked on his first national headlining tour, playing 12 dates nationally.[9] In September the same year, Illy toured nationally alongside Australian rappers 360 and Skryptcha for "The Three Up Tour".[10] Illy featured on the track "Take It from Me" on producer M-Phazes' 2010 debut album Good Gracious.

In 2010, Illy released the singles "The Chase" and "Cigarettes" and in October 2010, released his second studio album The Chase. The Chase peaked at number 25 on the ARIA Charts. The album's third single, "It Can Wait" became Illy's first charting single on the Australian Singles Chart, peaking at number fifty-eight. In February 2011, Illy embarked on his 14-date nationwide "The Chase Tour", with special guest M-Phazes. In October 2011, "It Can Wait" was certified Gold by ARIA after selling 35,000 copies.[11] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2011 The Chase was nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Urban Album.

2012–15: Bring It Back and Cinematic[edit]

In May 2012, Illy released "Heard It All", the lead single from his third studio album.[12] In September 2012, Illy released his third album, Bring It Back, which peaked at number 15 on the ARIA Charts.[13] Illy described the album as a "passion project" and a "tribute" to the Australian hip hop scene. A 24-date nationwide tour supported the release, with Australian hip-hop producer Chasm and Skryptcha as support acts.[14]

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2013, Bring It Back won Illy his first ARIA Music Award, winning ARIA Award for Best Urban Album.[15] In September 2013, Illy left Obese Records to set up his own label, ONETWO records, and signed South Australian hip hop artist Allday.[16][17]

In November 2013, Illy released his fourth studio album, Cinematic. The album debuted at number 4 on the ARIA Charts. In March 2014, the album's fourth single "Tightrope" became Illy's first top 20 single, peaking at number 18.

2016–present: Two Degrees and sixth studio album[edit]

In July 2016, Illy released "Papercuts", featuring Vera Blue, which peaked at number 2 on the ARIA charts. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2016, the song was nominated for four awards. In October 2016, Illy released "Catch 22" featuring Anne-Marie, which peaked at number 11 on the ARIA charts. In November 2016, Illy released his fifth studio album, Two Degrees which debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA charts.[18] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2017, the album was nominated for three awards. "You Say When" and "Oh My" were released as singles in 2017. Illy toured the album and won ARIA Award for Best Australian Live Act at the ARIA Music Awards of 2017.

On 24 May 2019, Illy released "Then What"; his first new release in 2 years.[19] Singles "Codes" and "Lean on Me" followed in 2019. On 13 February 2020, Illy released "Last Laugh"[20]

Discography[edit]

Awards[edit]

APRA Awards[edit]

The Australasian Performing Right Association Awards of 2017 (generally known as APRA Awards) are a annual awards ceremony to award outstanding achievements in contemporary songwriting, composing and publishing. Illy has won three awards from six nominations.[21][22][23]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 "On and On" Urban Work of the Year Nominated
"Youngbloods" Urban Work of the Year Nominated
2015 "Tightrope" (featuring Scarlett Stevens) Urban Work of the Year Won
2017 "Papercuts" (featuring Vera Blue) Urban Work of the Year Won
2018 "Catch 22" (featuring Anne-Marie) Urban Work of the Year Won
"Oh My" (featuring Jenna McDougall) Urban Work of the Year Nominated

ARIA Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. They commenced in 1987. Illy has won two trophies from fifteen nominations.[24]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2011 The Chase ARIA Award for Best Urban Album Nominated
2013 Bring it Back ARIA Award for Best Urban Album Won
2014 Cinematic ARIA Award for Best Urban Album Nominated
2016 "Papercuts" ARIA Award for Best Male Artist Nominated
ARIA Award for Best Pop Release Nominated
ARIA Award for Song of the Year Nominated
ARIA Award for Best Video Nominated
2017 Two Degrees ARIA Award for Album of the Year Nominated
ARIA Award for Best Male Artist Nominated
ARIA Award for Best Urban Album Nominated
"You Say When" ARIA Award for Best Video Nominated
"Catch 22" ARIA Award for Song of the Year Nominated
The Two Degrees Tour ARIA Award for Best Australian Live Act Won
2019 Then What ARIA Award for Best Hip Hop Release Nominated
"Exit Sign"(with Hilltop Hoods and Ecca Vandal) ARIA Award for Best Video Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Illy The Chase Tour Interview". girl.com.au.
  2. ^ "Illy". Facebook. 5 September 2011. Haha, jesus, look at my wall!!! Thank you guys. 25 was the best year of my life, and you guys played a bigger part in that than you'll probably ever realise. You lot mean the world to me, really. So thank you, I'm humbled by the love, I swear it's reciprocated, and I'm going to try and make 26 even better. New album before I'm 27 – crossed heart promise. Catch you at a show, we will drink to the good times! LOVE ILLY AL MURRAY xo
  3. ^ "Aria Awards". ariaawards.com.au. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  4. ^ 3D World, 25 March 2009 Illy – Licensed To Ill by Matt Unicomb
  5. ^ Stonnington Leader, 10 June 2009, "Keep-it-simple Illy hip hopping to quality"
  6. ^ Hobart Mercury, 13 August 2009 "Illy communication"
  7. ^ "ARIA Top 40 Urban Albums & Singles". ARIA. 21 September 2009. Archived from the original on 15 January 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
  8. ^ "hitlist (by artist): triple j music". ABC. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
  9. ^ "Illy – Pictures 2010 Tour + New Acoustic CD". All Aussie Hip-Hop. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Illy – The Chase (Initial Details) + The Three Up Tour". All Aussie Hip-Hop. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  11. ^ "Illy Goes ARIA Gold!". All Aussie Hip-Hop. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Heard it all by Illy @ J Play". J Play. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  13. ^ ""Bring It Back", Illy". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Bring It Back Tour Announced for August/September!!!". IllyAl.com. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  15. ^ "Aria Awards / 2013 Best Urban Album". Aria Awards. AUSTRALIAN RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION. 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  16. ^ Paul Cashmere (28 September 2013). "Illy Launches Label And Signs Allday". Noise11. Noise11. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  17. ^ "ILLY, TUKA, ALLDAY & ELEMONT – HOW FAR". Illy Official Website. Illy Official Website. October 2013. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  18. ^ "Illy ARIA chart Debut".
  19. ^ "SOTD: Illy answers the question, 'Then What'?". The Music Network. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  20. ^ "Spotify – Illy – Last Laugh".
  21. ^ "Urban Work of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  22. ^ "Urban Work of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  23. ^ "Urban Work of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  24. ^ "Aria Awards".