I’m Jeff. I like rap music and the people that make it. Sometimes, I rap under the name MC Friendly. This is the Friendly Five. 5 questions for an artist I like who has something to promote.
This week, I DMed Illingsworth.
I first saw Mello Music Group’s latest addition at Dally In The Ally, a Detroit street fair and music festival. He was rapping with SelfSays (another sharp-sworded Michigan MC). I figured he must rap all the time because he was super good at it. Turns out, he raps just a little and is super good at it.
Once I became hip to his production, I immersed myself. He sometimes does half-off on his entire Bandcamp catalogue around holidays, so a handful of Christmases ago I copped it all. “Fuzz” is an all time favorite. Although beats are Illingsworth’s meal ticket and have been used as backdrops for bars from Open Mike Eagle to Phonte to Milo, I absolutely love his raps. I’m a fan of dry wit and imagery and illingsworth once rapped “I hope your afterlife’s a tumble down infinite steps.” Well, I felt that.
With “You’re No Fun,” (OUT TODAY) Illingsworth returns with his signature production, of course. Beautiful hip hop soundscapes, sure. But also raps!
Here’s his Friendly Five:
1. Favorite Rap Feature:
don't know if this truly counts since the ties are so close but Rapper Noyd on Mobb Deep's "Give Up The Goods". i've always thought the way he announced his presence on the song was super hard.
2. Favorite Freestyle:
I used to like Canibus freestyles a whole lot when i was a younger rapper. There's a ton of them online so i can't really choose my favorite but, here's one. I think it was on a funk flex album.
3. Favorite Filling (Donut):
I guess custard but, I kinda prefer unadulterated donut. Although I AM all about the glaze. let me see what the donut is working with.
4. Favorite Fighting Style
I grew up watching a lot of kung fu movies with my big bro so, maybe kung fu? One my favorite video games is Tekken, and my favorite character does karate. so maybe karate, then? I am deeply conflicted.
5. Favorite Twitter Account to Follow:
I don't think I have one favorite account. I just like the mess that is my timeline. I like that I can peek in, see a wide range of ideas, and when I get tired, I can close the app.
MANY THANKS TO ILLINGSWORTH