Tommy Ill – Live at Mighty Mighty, Wellington, August 2010

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Self-titled Debut Album Release Tour
Review by Marie Jeanette Davis
Mighty Mighty, Wellington, August 24

Hip-hop, Indie

Yet another big Friday night at Mighty Mighty bar on Wellington’s much loved Cuba Street. It was here that Tommy Ill brought home his debut album release tour.

Tommy Ill rattles out his message like the smart kid who got together with some mates to rap smart lyrics at backyard parties.  Ill has polished, amplified, and graduated that sound. Taking the MC persona onstage and churns out a fun show for the audience, who respond to Tommy and his pals Buck, Shorty-K, and B-Cool, bopping with hands raised.

This reviewer wasn’t so easily impressed. The lyrics are slow and the rhythm is a little weak. For a sound inspired by the Beastie Boys, it would be worth learning more from the pages of their legendary book. No regrets going to the gig though; along with support act 47 Diamantes and music team Golden Axe, the performance definitely got the night rolling.

For a free sample of the Tommy Ill sound, download a live recording of Tommy Ill & Buck Beuchamp here.

Tommy Ill is signed with LOOP Recordings.