Arts | Performing Arts | Music
Ill Camille & Fritzwa
3100 NE Sandy Blvd.
Feb. 24, 2018, 8 p.m.
Everyday Mixtapes & KBOO Present:
ILL CAMILLE: http://www.illcamille.com/
After building her name up through LA’s underground, Ill Camille took a professional hiatus due to hardships that forced her to grow both personally and musically. Always stressing the importance of God and family before everything else, since finding the light at the end of the tunnel she has designed Heirloom as a collection of stories dedicated to keeping
her head on straight in the midst of turbulence.
Ill Camille’s divine mission to uplift the world through Heirloom is an extension of ancestry that includes musicians and fighters whose spirits make her art a necessity. Translating her tumultuous past few years through cathartic soulful Hip-Hop, creating this album was key to maintaining her sanity as she notes “I don’t think I had a choice in the
Despite self-awareness being at the core of who Ill Camille is on and off of the mic, the bittersweet beauty of her most introspective release to date is the life struggle contained within her songs. Heirloom details all she’s experienced since 2012’s Illustrated, from losing relatives to incarceration and death, her own health complications and mistakes made diving headfirst into love and lust.
Evidenced by Heirloom’s lead single “Almost There” (which features recent TDE signee SiR), and her follow up “Home”, Ill Camille is able to shine by simply relaying her innermost truths for the world to relate to. Never overthinking the process in figuring out her path, she says “I let the spirit in my feeling guide me in everything, I didn’t plan anything out. Your music should reflect the mental space you’re in at the time, I have a moral
obligation to put that on my records.”
A window into Ill Camille’s upbringing, last four years and days to come, Heirloom represents a rebirth with her continuing to evolve as a woman before being a warrior. In the end, inner strength and communal support triumphed over her setbacks and obstacles, with Camille summing up the experience saying “I was inspired to finish this project because I owed it to myself and the people around me the respect to show my appreciation for them.” Having used pressure to form a diamond, this latest body of work
promises to speak for past, present and future generations of confused souls determined to become hopeful survivors.
Heirloom has received press on the blog of Solange’s label, Saint Heron, in Brooklyn Vegan, LA Weekly, and NPR's 21 Hip Hop Albums That Reflected The Politics of Race, Space, and Place in 2017.
This soul-drenched sound doesn’t quite sit in a neat box of influences Hailing from NYC’s Lower East Side, with West African heritage, Fritzwa’s lifelong experience has been constantly enveloped in artistic inspiration;
From Broadway to poetry, jazz to traditional, childhood dance classes and piano lessons, to balmy summers listening to Hot 97
She says, “I see art in everything,” and it’s something she translates into her music —
Including her latest, the self-written and produced Avenue |A|.
Whether she’s finding painful beauty in break-ups, or creating melodic soundscapes from NYC’s subway ambience, Fritzwa’s creativity and musical talent shine through in a beautiful way.
DJ sets by DJ Black Daria and DJ ShiShi of XRAY FM's Everyday Mixtapes.