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ILL TONE Releases “Thought Crime” Single Before Going On Hiatus

HERE IT IS.  “Thought Crime.”  The last song I’ll be releasing until I decide otherwise.  That’s Peter Henrich on the piano, guitars, and on the chorus, “Their thoughts their only crime.”  I did the bass, drums, and all the sequencing. The song is entirely inspired by the novel “1984″ by George Orwell.

Also, I threw in an acapella as track number two.  I came across a song I recorded last year when I was retrieving instrumental tracks from an external hard drive.  I’d decided to scrap the song, but since the lyrics were special to me, I thought I’d keep the vocals.  I’m, by no means, a singer… so I hit a couple sour notes in there and you can also hear the beat in the background of the chorus.  Not the best recording, but not the worst either.  Please note that the lyrics were written from a dark place and things are much different currently.

Both of these tracks are free downloads.  If any beatmakers or producers want to try their hand at creating a remix from the acapella, be my guest.

So… yup… this is it for awhile.  Free for your listening pleasure.  Download it, spread it around, enjoy it, hate on it, burn it in a fire…. do whatever you want with it!


“Another Hundred Bars” on Hip Hop Canada

Vancouver, BC – Back with another set of 100 (sometimes vulgar) bars is Vancity’s ILL TONE. On a self-proclaimed hiatus from making music, he still seems to be finding a little time to create and says he hopes to write at least one more installment in this current “100 Bars Series.” With no plans to drop another full-scale release until at least next year, it is clear that ILL TONE’s mind has been in the gutter, evidence of which is presented in “Another Hundred Bars.”

You spit with less substance than Miley Cyrus’s ass has.

Click the image below to check out the full post on Hip Hop Canada.  You can download it for free.


Mouth vs. Mic podcast – featuring ILL TONE

ILL TONE recently dropped by DJ K-Rec’s studio to chop it up with Estea Elements and Stephen Gillis for the 27th installment of their “Mouth vs. Mic” podcast.  The podcast includes an interview and a couple of live performances by Tone.

Click the image below to check out the podcast on Mouth vs. Mic’s website.


“Clubs N Drugs” video on Hip Hop Canada

Vancouver, BC – Back with another video is Vancouver’s Ill Tone. The song, “Clubs N Drugs”, is from his EP, Up In My Head, which was released independently in November 2014. Interestingly, the EP was produced and recorded entirely from Tone’s bedroom on a budget of zero dollars. He made the beat for this one, and four others on the release, and also did all of the mixes himself.

“Clubs N Drugs” is a parody of modern rap videos that are themed around being at a club. Because the song was written while Ill Tone was on a two and a half year hiatus from all chemical substances, including drinking, the MC takes a bitter approach to explaining what it’s like to be in a nightclub while completely sober.

Click the image below to check out the video on Hip Hop Canada.


New music video – “Clubs N Drugs”

From his “Up In My Head” EP, ILL TONE’s released a new music video for the song “Clubs N Drugs”. Reflecting the theme of the song, the video is a satire of being at a wack nightclub. Starring in the video, aside from Tone himself, are his good friends and band mates Peter Henrich (as ‘The Creeper’) and DJ Optimus Prime (as ‘David Lame-uetta’).  Expect shenanigans.

The beat was made by ILL TONE and he engineered the track himself.  It was mastered, along with the rest of the EP, by Kevin Kowal.  You can download “Clubs N Drugs” and the rest of the EP @ .