Ill Will Records

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Ill Will Records
Illwillrecords-logo.jpg
Parent companySony Music Entertainment
Founded1999
FounderNas
StatusActive[1]
Distributor(s)Def Jam Recordings
GenreHip hop
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew York City, New York
 
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Ill Will Records
Illwillrecords-logo.jpg
Parent companySony Music Entertainment
Founded1999
FounderNas
StatusActive[1]
Distributor(s)Def Jam Recordings
GenreHip hop
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew York City, New York

Ill Will Records was an American vanity record label founded by Nasir "Nas" Jones. The label was named after Willie Graham, Nas' childhood neighbor and best friend, was shot dead on May 23, 1992 when both were teenagers. He launched the imprint in autumn 1999 with his fourth studio album Nastradamus.

Ill Will had distributed the Bravehearts through Columbia Records and former artist Quan through Atlantic Records. After signing to Def Jam Recordings in 2005, Nas relaunched Ill Will by the name The Jones Experience as an imprint under Def Jam Recordings.

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Early life of Willie Graham

Willie Graham was Born 1972 in Queensbridge Houses, New York City. Willie Graham influenced Nas's interest in hip hop by playing him records.

As a teenager, Nas enlisted his best friend and upstairs neighbor Willie "Ill Will" Graham as his DJ. Nas first went by the nickname Kid Wave before adopting his more commonly known alias of Nasty Nas.

Former artists

Former producers

Discography

YearInformation
1999Nas - Nastradamus
2000Nas and various other artists - Nas & Ill Will Records Presents QB's Finest
2001Nas - Stillmatic
2002Nas - From Illmatic to Stillmatic: The Remixes
Nas - The Lost Tapes
  • Released: September 24, 2002
  • Chart positions: #10 U.S Billboard 200
Nas - God's Son
2003Bravehearts - Bravehearted
  • Released: December 23, 2003
  • Chart positions: #75 U.S Billboard 200
  • RIAA Certification:
  • U.S. sales:
  • Singles: "Quick to Back Down", "B Train", "Bravehearted", "I Wanna", "Buss My Gun", "Cash Flow", "Sensations", "I Will", "Situations"
2004Nas - Street's Disciple

References

  1. ^ CombatJack (January 13, 2011). "5 Nas Songs That Would Make Good Movies". The Source. http://www.thesource.com/articles/43922. Retrieved 2012-05-31.