Ill Major came about the late 90’s early 2000’s as an Idea but nothing official yet, just a name. That time Cape Town Hip Hop scene was pure cultural, traditional and all the elements of the culture could be experienced in one venue. No matter culture, creed, nationality, language… No matter DJ, MC, BBoy , Graff Artist …No matter Town CBD, Plain (Mitchell’s Plain), Kraaifontein, Gugs, EersteRiver, Paarl, Khayelitsha , Elsies, Stellenbosch, Observatory…..
Constant evolving, re-inventing, studying, cos you know how it is for a “so-called kullid” laatie with no budget, the Ill Major came in fruition 2010. The first official release was in 2010, it was a compilation album called STOKES KINNES . The album featured the likes of SIEP( SiepSokkie), YAH (Illektrisityd), Logikill Paradox (Slot Forgizo) , Ralph Cyfers (Dytlik Geskool), Mr Nel, Mr Lee (Lee-ursus), Old Cyrus (Niko10Long) and Benji Unseen as Unseen Ones, Con X (Dave Dala), Bracen Kyle, Josev K and the late Jon Doe (RIP). The release kindled interest and led us to expanding our market outside of Cape Town and even outside South Africa.
Ill Major focus on talent like SIEP, Niko10Long, Ampe Mens, YAH, Ralph Cyfers, DJ Ice Cue, BoesMan Kamp, S7ewe, Black Vinyl and Black Judah, indoor events, outdoor Park Jams and sustained exposure helped to connect with other like-minded artist local and globally like Sesvoet Production’s Helder and Engel Stof, SimpLife, Nomad Poet, Jedi Knight, MtTBeatzMC , Adrian Diff, Chris Klets, Sunny Stellies, Azania Rising, Planet Hard-core, Urban Khoi and many more played a role in diversifying the label’s sound and Visuals.
Ill Major continues to grow and evolve, the collective of highly skilled artists produces a unique sound of music, visual art and film. IM is committed to empowerment, skills transfer, EDUtaining and training of the disadvantaged youth and community. We are always interested in new projects and project partnerships
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