Gods’Illa, a hip-hop group consisting of 3 actual brothers Acem, Truth & Powerful,has stepped on to the scene to provide the masses with a sound that shifts theparadigm and brings the focus of the music back to the experiences of everyday people. The name Gods’Illa (“God Is Illa”) embodies not only the group’s culture but also the scale of music they create in comparison to the competition. The group formed in 2004 but Gods’Illa’s journey began well before the brothers banded to collectively embark on this dream. Acem, the eldest of the three, was first to display his love of music as part of the group S.C.A.N; a group created by international rap artist Substantial under the Unlimited Vinyl Ink umbrella. Not long after, Truth followed suit and began performing at local talent shows throughout the Washington, DC metro area, developing his musical craft while shadowing his older brothers’ movements. So, it comes at no surprise that 300 miles away in Brooklyn, NY, Powerful, the youngest of the brotherly trio, began experimenting with writing and effortlessly became the missing piece to the group.
In summer 2009, Gods’Illa released The PreLease EP, to serve as an introduction to the group’s sound and provide a glimpse of what to expect from the debut album.The PreLease was received to much fanfare including nods from legendary DJ/Producer DJ Scratch and grammy award winning producer 9th Wonder.Following The PreLease, the group released their self-titled debut album (March 2010) and next the CPR BlendTape which was hosted by DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown aka Erykah Badu in 2011.