Watch Ill Camille Get Busy For NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’ Performance
Writer, rapper, producer, and all-around dope human being Ill Camille pays homage to her family during her appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series.
Family and hip-hop are synonymous with one another. It was the house parties, the $2 jam in the park, and the gatherings at community centers in the hoods of America that served as the fertile grounds for this thing affectionately known as “the culture”. For Los Angeles multi-hyphenate Ill Camille and her appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series, she forgoes the materialistic boasting and flexing of today’s rap music to poetically deliver some unique energy penned for her 2017 album, Heirloom.
Created as an ode to her family and their contribution to her development, Heirloom is full of stories and references to her parents, aunties, uncles, cousins, and grandparents rather than rhyming about the trappings of fame, celebrity, money or excess of success. With this appearance on Tiny Desk her first a year after Heirloom’s release, Ill Camille certainly gets busy while engaging the NPR office with songs like “Fight On,” “Again,” Spider’s Jam,” and “Live It Up”.
Thanks to her live band giving her a great soundbed to bounce and play all over, Camille’s NPR romp also has a guest star in Damani Nkosi, who gives some bold energy and effortless rhymes of her own. “You don’t understand. I’ve been praying on this,” Camille said to the audiophile-packed audience about receiving the NPR invite. “This [message] made my year and my bad is ready!”
She certainly does her thing, which you can see for yourself below, and hopefully this will compel you and your Holy Spirit to cop Heirloom to hear more of her talent as it is out now via Jakarta Records.