West side of Chicago group Children of I.L.L.I.O.S. have been featured on a slew of Chicago hip hop blogs such as Lyrical Lemonade, Elevator and These Days. Young guns Musa Reems, Kairo Jones and LUMO, who make up the group, more than deserve the recognition. They’ve been creating timeless music since their inception in 2012, and in 2014 dropped their debut LP Journey Through the Blakk Sun (which, to the best of my knowledge, has been taken off the internet entirely.) The project was well received and celebrated in many music media outlets.
Musa Reems has had quiet a busy year releasing Children of I.L.L.I.O.S. Music, the BETA GENES!S EP and a string of loosies. Today we get the creme of the crop with two track EP Another Dos(e). It was premiered today via the good people over at These Days along with an interview that was very telling of the creation of the project.
You can hear the growth from Musa on Dos(e). There are haunting layers throughout the short EP which become apparent right when you hear the first song Eclipse. A woman’s lush vocals, a spirited quick delivery of rapid fire bars, and I was all in. The final track, Colt 45, continues on with a more grown up instrumental and double time flow that ties in together with Eclipse well.
I can’t wait to hear more from Musa, and after reading the interview, it looks like the journey has just begun.