Ill Camille, Rose Gold + Punch Clique Up For "São Paulo" [Premiere]
Nowadays, the rap game is flooded with people pushing themselves to be separated from the pack. The consistent blah-blah-blah of the mumble rap crowd, mixed with those deft lyricist and songwriters who keep us grooving seem to be everywhere. Only one, Ill Camille, the Compton-born, Los Angeles-and-Inland Empire-raised rapper + songwriter, has the innate gift of giving the ears exactly what they want. The “Jane-of-all-trades” caught my attention when she tweeted new work in the form of “São Paulo,” which would feature her alongside two of our faves: Rose Gold + TDE‘s co-president Punch.
Produced by Pac Div‘s Like, “São Paulo” give us that summertime vibe even though it’s 30 degrees outside. Smooth, G-funk-esque, Ill Camille delivers potent rhymes + showcases her penchant for versatility on beats. Rhyming about people with a lack of motivation, sharing her love for “solid women,” she serves estrogen-filled raps that will surely get your “feng shui” up. The hook, sang by our First Look Friday alum Rose Gold, is a Lauryn Hill-inspired take for those who “struggle with their youth,” and sounds like pure butter coming out of the speakers. “[Ill] Camille is the sweetest, purest soul,” Rose told us exclusively via email. “She asked for me to be a part of this record and I said yes. I will every time! I love her. Deep.” Determined to make its mark, “São Paulo” is a true school track that promises great things for Ill Camille and should be respected by the who’s who of the music scene.
Rounding out the song, Punch proves why a full-length project is necessary from one of the leaders of the TDE brain trust. Touching upon the subjects of former President Barack Obama, the continuing violence in the streets, “making cake from crumbs” + the prison industrial complex — Punch still shows love through it all in a way that will make you rewind this track over + over again to get everyone’s vibes. Ill Camille seems to have something genius brewing + it is only a matter of time before we get a full taste of what it is. For now, press play on “São Paulo,” follow her (and us!) on Twitter and be ready for this talented artist’s next moves.