To this hip-hop icon in the making, inspiration comes from everywhere; being in nature, fatherhood, personal, and world events and that is exactly how his multi-diverse music is influenced. Iluminative hails from Mullumbimby, Byron Bay in Australia, and his eclectic hip-hop style is draped in that scintillating underground rap style that features some delectable elements of some pure rock and pop aesthetic features. He is influenced musically by Eminem and he seeks to mirror such legendary artistry through his own stunning innovations.
You can tell from his music that carries that universal appeal that he is destined for greatness and even the stream numbers on those digital platforms speaks of a monumental fan base globally with countless listeners feeling his unique vibe. His impressive catalog boats of 4 certified record releases; “The Awakening”, “Kundalini Risin”’, “The Spectrum” and just recently the “Shapeshifter”
“Shapeshifter” is a 7-track phenomenal album with some ageless tunes and most importantly consequential message about freedom, freedom of speech, human rights, the planet, war, and other significant and global sensitive issues. This is the album to be played from the first track all the way to the last one and not to be cherry-picked via a remote button- lyrically impassioned and sonically inviting; this is the real deal!
The lyrical composition is purposeful, emotive, and complex and the opulently stylish instrumentation offers fans and listeners a recording project crafted together by a wealthy tapestry of sounds and textures. While each passing track is wholly different from the other, the whole album still manages to remain logical and consistent as an overall body of art- such magic!
“Ascend Hell” features that timeless medley of garage-infused background rap melodies right from the introductory gate and the whole of the nostalgic melodicism is reminiscent of Eminem’s own work. The electronically charged riffs are backed by the punchy and dutiful drums that are escorted gloriously by Iluminative’s own lyrical masterclass as he ebbs and flows in his unique voice and the hoarse embellished vocal drops for that delightful listening experience. The cadence in the beats is hypnotizing and I’m not even exaggerating when I say that!
I couldn’t think of a more appropriate title track as “Shapeshifter” underlines the melodic theme and lyrical stun of this album. Starting with some deep and bouncy beats, this endearing track is added some mystical spark with the addition of the rock-like shimmering percussion as Iluminative takes the moment and drips in his own hip-hop lyrical innovation that entertains and marvels as much as it impacts. That incessant accompanying percussion will play in your head always and forever!
“No Means No” is exactly as the title suggests- don’t get things confused for wanting to hear and understand your own things. The beats are inviting from the gates and the electronic guitars have been mashed up with stupendous creativity with the other candid instruments and engage in a call and response like flair with his vocals to design a striking motif. The catchy phrases design the cornerstone of this rap tune and his rap-flavored bars in between taste better than your favorite McDonald’s cheeseburger!
“This is War” is a warning to humanity- war is impeding and if we are not careful we are staring at what could be World War III. This tune does not hold back and right from the word go, bars are dropped and the theme is heightened with the backing hoarse vocals drops ensuring the message sticks. This is a killer stunner that deserves to be listened to by the world!
This is the story of a stunningly innovated album by an equally prodigious young thinker; follow the attached link and make these tracks your favorite for they all qualify that title in their own charming ways!
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