Ill-Larious – Ill-Season (Album) [Review]
Fayetteville, NC Today marks the release of Ill-Larious‘ (aka Larious Norwood) latest mixtape, Ill-Season. Signed to indie label Son of the Snow Productions, this hero spent five years serving his country as a soldier in the US military. Now back on home soil, Larious is reigniting his passion for music. Check out the review after the jump.
Introducing himself on “Box With the Gods”, Larious starts the album off the right way by paying homage to the golden era of hip hop. On the next track, “Down Chick”, he samples the beat for Angie Stone’s “Pop Pop” while spitting all the reasons he loves his girl. Things get a little gangster on “Goodfellas”, which also includes a feature by label mate Dymes. Don’t get it twisted though; both boys make it known that they ain’t about that hood life. Fast forward a couple tracks and Pretty Ricky meets Plies on “Lights Down Low” where Ill gets a little dirty with his flow. The NC native then pulls a Drake and gets self-reflective on the last track of the album “Checkmate”.
Larious’ lyrics are filled with emotion, but his delivery is slightly lack luster. His flow is somewhat repetitive and more often than not, mimics a bevy of artists like Weezy and Drake. The overall vibe is a mix between old school R&B and east coast hip-hop, which at time works against him due to the lack of consistency in the album. Regardless, the album is still worth a listen. You can download it here and be sure to check out Son of the Snow Production’s full roster here.
Written by Shaheena Azmatullah for HipHopCanada @ItsShaheena