Category Archives: Videos

iLL Brief: One semester in… So, what does iLL do when he goes back to school? Last year, I left my safety zone! I left home, quit my job, gave up Facebook, left friends and my old neighborhood. I had no idea what lied ahead. I had no idea that I would end up moving 3 times in 6 months, become the mentee of a top exec at the largest software company in the world,  experience the pressure that led 2 classmates to commit suicide this year, rock my first college house show, drop way below a 4.0 gpa, visit the Council on Foreign Relations, meet an US Ambassador for a briefing at United Nations, and deliver my first TED talk.

Ups…Downs…And all around…All the highs and lows gave my psyche whiplash from the sharp turns of this ride. However, I am on this ride to get the prize! I needs that degree! This new year has given me a new outlook. I don’t have it all figured out, but I do have one thing figured out… This will be the making of me!


Check out a few things that made this year special for me.

This selection of shots and photo’s don’t tell the whole story of ‘When iLL went to school.” To keep up on what I am seeing and how I am doing, stay tuned to the following social media sites: (HERE)
Instagram: @illholiday
Twitter: @classofrap

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A Deep Introspection Into My Last Show [Video] + Blue Moon Sunday

Any artist that is faced with a crowd like this must first acknowledge that they will not, and can not measure up to the need of the crowd. They must call for backup. They must call on the giver of the gift. So that’s just what I did. Continue reading

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Black Radio- Yasiin Bey Lyric Video

Pure hot jazz-hiphop-fusion-experimentation-mix…


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Yasiin Bey’s New Muhammed Ali Ad + Louis Vuitton

Round 1: DREAM

Stuart A. McIntyre is represented exclusively by Steam Films.

See more of his work here:

Production House: Steam Films Executive Producers: Krista Marshall Director: Stuart A. McIntyre Producer: Paul Matthews Cinematographer: Kris Belchevski Camera Operators: Stuart Cameron, Claudio Manni, Luis Moreira Editing: Posterboy Edit Executive Producer: Michelle Lee Editor: Stephan Sora Colour: Alter Ego Executive Producer: Greg Edgar Colourist: Wade Odlum Online: Motor VFX Flame Artist: Daniel Kelly Music House: Apollo Studios Executive Producers: Benedicte Luneau, Koo Abuali, Phillipe-Auburt Messier, Yan Dal Santo Music: Mathieu Brault, Daenen Bramberger, Mike Wise Sound Design: Yan Dal Santo

Full Campaign Here:

Round 2: WORD

Full Campaign Here:

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iLL Show ALERT: Dope Music [plus] Good Food [plus] Wierd People [minus] Anything played on the Radio = IMAF 2012

The Independent Music and Arts Festival [IMAF] Presents iLL Holiday and Luke Austin Daugherty! Continue reading

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UK iLLIGAN ALERT: Emeli Sande’

Emeli Sande: She’s already an international superstar! Why haven’t you ever heard of her? Continue reading

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Racism In America: Is it real?

Is race something that only lives on in the minds of African-Americans? Continue reading

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Shad Attack…Dope Rap is B[l]ack

Shad is not a newbie to the game. Cats from Vancouver to Nairobi know his name. The hardest thing to figure out is… Why is he new to you?

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If you’ve never heard of Meleni Smith…Let us introduce!
Meleni Smith
Watch out there now…

If you are looking for more…Search here, you soul carnivore!

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Forget a 16…She’s got a mean 64! Lady Leshurr is killin ’em!

As the US continues to go head over hills for the Queen of Young Money, something fierce is brewing in the UK. Continue reading

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Nneka Returns!!!

Nneka God First

This is what I stand for…

If you haven’t heard of Nneka by now, maybe you are being intentional in making sure you don’t know what’s hot! She has traveled the globe pushing a message that cry’s for transparency, humility, and love. Check out her newest video, Stay.

In “My Soul is Heavy” Nekka takes us on a journey into the despair that her heart feels for her Nigerian people caught in the middle of the Niger Delta oil crisis.

With an entire continent’s concerns on her back, Nneka delves into the depths of Africa’s darkest realities to arise with faith, love, and hope on each of her 3 studio releases. The video “My Home” explores how her faith in God is the sustaining force that allows both her as well as millions of Africans to face the harsh circumstances the they face together.

Just in case you’ve have been sleeping under a rock; check out this link:

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The ConsciousTip Interviews 9th Wonder

“Put out a great piece of work- that’s your press kit!’- 9th Wonder Continue reading

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iLLIGAN EXXXCLUSIVE World Premier: Stranger Pt. 2 Love Me!

Whitney Coleman teams up with Indie Super Director- Jace for what will be one of the greatest releases of the year Stranger Pt. 2 Love Me.

Whitney Coleman

Witness Whitney LIVE at Blue Moon Sunday on October 30th at The Madame Walker Theatre!

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Common’s In the Sky!!

Dope music by Common…
Check-it, yo!

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Discover a Dope Artist: Tinashe

Tinashe: You Will Be Saved! Continue reading

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Aloe Blacc- Mama Hold My Hand Aloe Blacc Good Things

Teach your babies to fly and they will carry your hopes and dreams across seas, mountains, and borders! Love them… teach them and warn them! If you are so fortunate, they will sing a song like this to you one day!


Shouts out to Black Box Creative for sharing this! Cop Aloe Blacc’s album HERE!

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Take 2 Sets of Notes…

African author M.K. Asante reminds scholars to take 2 sets of notes. Yep, he’s an iLLIGAN!

Learn More about M.K. Asante by visiting

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Not So Local- Local SuperStars! Whitney Coleman and
Whitney Coleman

Every once in a while
Somebody comes with a style
That will make a grin
Turn into a full smile

It’s not Everyday
That you feel this way
Dope is Dope
& iLL is iLL
@ that is OK

But what about when
Dopeness finds a friend?
What do you do
when when your friend’s dope too-
Life takes a dope spin!

Whitney Coleman is an unashamed Christian who’s style and flavor is enough to appeal to the masses. She has a take-charge stage presence that leaves crowds begging for an encore. This is not to take away from her soothing class. On her newest single, Whitney teams up with fellow Dope rhymer to deliver a great track for the summer. Even though they both reside in a town that’s better known for race cars and brawling basketball teams, than soul and lyracism; together, they put a familiar face on the circle city.

This face is the face of Dopeness!

Enjoy this new song [Feelings ft.] off of Whitney Coleman’s new Album, The Love Chapter: Lessons From A Human Heart

… Must Be Love!

Cop the album HERE!

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They Cryin Over THIS?
The GOP caused a big fit a few weeks back about Hip Hop Artist, Common. They were upset that he was booked by the White House for a performance.
Common at The White House iLL Holiday
I just had the opportunity to catch a clip of his performance.
Listen to the words. Common offers a classy performance of spoken word for the White House.
What are your thoughts about this piece?

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Got time to Kill?

Janelle Monae told me to share this…So I did!

Loom from Polynoid on Vimeo.

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