WHAT IS FREE ILL?
Free Ill is a unified collective of creative expressionists representing the love of all things Hip-hop.
Free Ill is a three-piece hip-hop crew whose fundamental concept is to make quality, lyric-driven music over soul -sampled instrumentals, all tied together by the DJ.
Our subject matter covers a wide variety of ideas and experiences with less concern over whether the lyrics are positive or negative, but rather whether they are honest and invoke an emotional response in the listener.
Ase Mor and L. Write started working together when they moved into the same 80 Page Street apartment the same day in the summer of 2012, never having met before.
The addition of DJ K-FLiP came after the release of the 2013 EP "The Dealer", but they had worked before together doing live performances for a couple years before that in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Hamilton, and Toronto.
After "The Dealer" (officially released under the mantra "Ase x Deuce") the two musicians started a project called "Wet Window Sill Songs" that was put on hold due to familial and personal stressors, and Ase and L. Write weren't able to continue production until 2016-2017.
IN THE FUTURE
Free Ill has undergone a lot of changes since it's original inception years ago when two unknown rappers were trying to form crew and simply needed a name. In 2013 it's metamorphoses consisted of a group of contributors whose skills ranged from illustration, to quality control, to freestyling, nevermind the basic hip-hop elements.
Now, it has matured to a core three-piece crew with affiliates: The emcee, Ase Mor the Corner Store Rapper, the producer, L. Write, and the man behind the tables, DJ K-FLiP.
Our focus is to create authentic boom-bap music that drives the style forward towards evolution within the art, and instead of forsaking our roots, bolstering them encouraging current appreciation for younger listeners and old heads alike.
DJ / Vinyl Enthusiast
John “DJ K-FLiP” Kirby is a true hip-hop head. His love for the culture started with break dancing in the 80's, followed shortly after by graffiti. He started DJing in the nineties with a love for the music developed from a strong an interest in all things sampled. He is an avid vinyl enthusiast with a vast collection of different records, casettes, singles and so on.
DJ K-FLiP is also a current member of two other groups: Donny Yonder & Theatre Crisp; which are both very talented hip-hop fusion bands from Southern Ontario, unique in their own styles. He continues to tour and create music. Residing in Welland, Canada, yet if you’re at any good show in ontario there’s a likely chance of seeing him somewhere in the crowd.
The Corner Store Rapper
Joel was born and raised in St. Catharines, Canada. He's been writing music since he was a kid, beginning his craft on a notepad in his bedroom as he listened to his dad play acoustic guitar in the living room. After being introduced to rap music at a friend's house, Ase Mor the Corner Store Rapper (formally named Amor) decided to flex his writing skills, and try his hand at writing hip hop songs. It wasn't until hearing Blackstar and Common's record "Be", that he knew he wanted to be an emcee.
Growing in the Hip-Hop culture over the years, Ase has cultivated his flow with precision, and nothing but excellence on the mind to direct his growth. His drive takes him to deeper into the music to create even more raw and honest Hip-Hop, always trying to push his style and content further to the brink of originality through evolution.
The chemistry between producer and emcee is evident on stage when the crew feels each other out through the live breaks Luke delivers on the MPC, and the vocal styling's of Ase's off-the-cuff banter. All of this supported by DJ K-FLiP turntables and a stack of raw wax.
Boom Bap Sound Maker / Creator of Visual Stimulants
Luke was born in a small town outside of London, Ontario and moved to the downtown core Niagara Falls in his teens. L has centred his life around music and the production aspect of entertainment.
From musical placements in commercials to production for some of hip-hops finest artists, L. Write has had his hand in some of the best musical efforts to come out of the 905 region.
From Niagara to Toronto, now residing in Hamilton, Luke continues to produce the visual representation and behind-the-scenes production of FREE ILL.
On stage, L. Write is the MPC-smashing base layer of the FREE ILL sound. He has a background knowledge in audio production, design, videography and photography.