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Gods'Illa / Press

“Simply put, Gods'Illa's Blend Tape changed the landscape for local mixtapes, making it unacceptable for DMV rappers to litter their projects with throwaway songs and radio singles. Instead, the Forestville trio proved that free music doesn't have to sound cheap, and that insightful lyrics don't need to be preachy. From beginning to end, the Blend Tape is chock-full of quotable one-liners and neck-breaking production, resulting in the same gritty feel as the aforementioned In The Ruff album. And while neo-soul superstar Erykah Badu hosted the Blend Tape, she eventually faded into the background as Gods'Illa's assertive wordplay took center stage. The group made major moves this year and show no signs of slowing down.”

“Erykah Badu, patron saint of all things sublimely soulful and funky, serves as the host of this 21-track album, but don’t be fooled, the real stars are the three brothers who make up this Maryland group. This is a dynamic collection by musicians who are clearly more concerned with making a fully formed album that will stand the test of time instead of chasing trends. With cameos by such locals as yU, Pro’Verb and Uptown XO, this is the best “State of DMV Hip-Hop” document of the year.”

“And in 2011, with high-profile co-signs in tow; with Gods’Illa worked down to the tendon, brothers Ace, Truth and Powerful released their anticipated follow up, The CPR Blendtape with Ms. Fat Belly Bella herself, Erykah Badu hosting their way into that next career phase. “[Their] skills are impeccable,” Badu says near the end of CPR. “You know I know a good Emcee.””

“BlendTape blazes a new trail for mixtapes, showing local rappers that hip-hop shouldn't strictly rely on glossy, radio-friendly beats to gain exposure. There's still room for country music, assertive wordplay, and innovative concepts.”

“I’m not gonna break it down track by track but it starts with Loretta/Erykah’s voice saying “They knew I was gangsta when I hit the do’…” and that’s all you need to know.”

“We’re all in great company here and CPR is one project I’m 100% proud to have our name attached to. While it may not have wide, immediate impact Gods’Illa’s music contains the substance meant to keep the art and culture balanced for years to come.”

“Trying to classify what’s a “smaller” release is always subjective but I took it in the direction of self released projects or albums that dropped under the radar. I didn’t even realize they were releasing a new album until it hit iTunes but Shinsight Trio’s second LP Somwhere Beyond The Moon claims the top spot for me. Insight sounds dope with just about any producer but Shin-Ski seems to bring out the best in him. A very close second was K. Gates aka the New Orleans Savior’s The Shaikback. This was the album I’ve been waiting for Gates to make for a long time and it truly embodies the sound of New Orleans. K-Rino has kept up a torrid pace with new albums each year but topped himself this time with the double LP Annihilation Of the Evil Machine. Gods’Illa’s The Album was a damn good debut and H.I.S.D. finally returned with their impressive The Weakend.”

“I don’t think it’s a question that the likes of Big K.R.I.T, Danny Brown & YelaWolf made a huge leap in 2010 but I just couldn’t consider these guys “new” when I’ve been listening to them before they became internet sensations. Groups like The Niceguys & Gods’Illa proved themselves with stellar debut albums and Sheisty Khrist made a big statement with his Deacon The Villain assisted Niggaz With Latitude LP as well. Nemo Achida’s standout performance on Kno’s album, as well as the quality of his 2 EP’s, made it very tough not to pick him for the #1 spot. Topping my list though is Skewby, who continued his meteoric rise in 2010 by receiving tons of coverage, dropping countless dope songs and releasing his stellar More Or Less LP”

“The mostly-DMV group Gods'Illa has been puttin' in the work lately. "Grey Skies," its contribution to the Beats and Lyrics 2 Go mixtape—from Atlanta's A3C organization—has a nice combo of golden-era jazz-action, trippy synth accents and dense, talky lyrics.”

“Not even half way through the first full-length song on this album and I was sold. You’ll see their name and think “okay, they’re a spiritual group because they feel that God is illa (iller) than all.” While that may be true, being spiritual or even Christian is not the running theme. Now others might be saying “aah, just like Ol’ Dirty Bastard once said, the black man is God, so does that mean that these guys feel that being a self-proclaimed God is iller than most, and if so, more than who?” Whatever the proper definition of their name is, what I do hear on Gods’illa: The Album is the kind of rhymes, flows, and production that brings to mind the best of groups like Heltah Skeltah, Originoo Gunn Clappaz, Smif-N-Wessun and Black Moon.”

“A glacier could never survive in this weather, right? Tell that to Gods’Illa, a Forestville trio whose new single, “Glaciers,” is a heater focused on delivery, not depth. The three-minute track, with a driving bass drum provided by Joe D., is full of memorable verses, none more remarkable than those of Powerful Rasheem and Acem Eternal Mind. “If you’re following fads, I’m glad/If it wasn’t for y’all, I wouldn’t be God,” Powerful raps. “My brother’s graduatin’ higher education/ miminal celebration/ eviction’s what we facin,” Ace says. “Glaciers” is a standout track on an impressive album, and a small reason to hang on to hip-hop. Hell, even the group’s brother Victorious Jihad (who doesn’t rap) tries to get a little as the album version concludes.”

“Gods'Illa featured in The Source's "Independent's Day" section (Aug/Sept 2010)”

MC - The Source

“The following artists are who I consider the “The Future”….the torch carriers that will carry us into the next generation of hip-hoppers(I aint puttin my team because I’m biased, lol)…..just my thoughts man…..just my thoughts”

“They had such a positive spirit and their lyrics took you inside their personal point-of-views of real life situations.”

“Of the many acts who have yet to crack the first ballot, the trio of physical brothers Truth, Acem and Powerful – known collectively as Gods’Illa – deserve much attention. Their debut album, Up and Up Presents Gods’Illa: The Album, is a refreshing throwback to when the flow of an album still mattered and that message driven Hip Hop could be entertaining without being overbearingly preachy.”

“Three blood brothers, all with awesome names, come together to form the lyrical trinity that is Gods’Illa. Who is Gods’Illa? Not a giant monster tearing Japan apart, that’s for sure. Rather, Gods’Illa is a giant family tearing up over-privileged, underwhelming emcees. Their intentions are to destroy and rebuild, and with their first full length, self-titled album, I’m excited to say that they made an amazing start at doing just that.”

“The hunger of these artists is prominent and apparent. Listeners hear it in every word, of every line, on every track. Their words chronicle struggle, celebration, reality, and hopefulness, all of which make them believable. The typical hood clichés are left at the door and listeners are authentically entertained by a striking flow of depth and lyricism from start to finish”

"Now I don’t know for sure if Gods’Illa named themselves after the city destroying Godzilla or, you know, God, but considering their monstrous talent and ethereal sound, either way the trio of newcomers picked a damned appropriate name"

“When it comes to hip-hop, no album ever truly offers something for everybody, but Gods’Illa has impressively created something that should appeal to almost anyone”

“Gods’Illa is refreshing in that its emcees rhyme about positivity without being corny or preachy. At the same time, Truth, Acem and Powerful display more than enough street to encourage all types of hip-hop listeners to absorb their messages”

“...And if you don't think that Gods'Illa is one of the freshest things to happen in hip-hop, then you need to ask yourself if you are really a fan of the genre...just food for thought”

“Placed #1 July 2009 MTV VMA Best Breakout DC Competition”

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