From the newest of the new jacks to the most seasoned of the vets, every rapper has something to say about how the game has changed. Will Vill has plenty to say himself, but unlike so many others, he’s not here to complain about how so-and-so dropped the ball or how the freshman class isn’t real enough. Sure, the New York native wants to make some changes to the landscape, but instead of complaining and hoping for things to change on their own, Will chooses to stick to a simple principle—earn respect through hard work and dedication.
Even at the early stages of his career, Will had the kind of success that would make most rappers get lazy. Fed up with the escalation in police brutality he witnessed in New York City, Will crafted the powerful “Devil in a Blue Dress.” His politically charged lyrics gained the attention of some of the game’s best-known scholars and paved the way for performances with Mos Def, Dead Prez and The Roots. With tracks like “Devil in a Blue Dress” and “Same Year, Different Number,” Will’s voice broke through the usual boundaries of Hip-Hop and earned him recognition in Esquire and The New York Times.
Will’s debut, The Arrival, took things a step further as he used the sixteen tracks to show his diversity. He told dramatic tales on “Dreams of Getting Murdered” and recited poetry on “Wishes,” all the while reminding the competition of his dominance with “Keep it Gritty.” Will represents proudly both for the Dominican Republic and Washington Heights, bringing not only his experience and perspective to each track but the spirit of every man, woman and child from those places that created him.
Never content to sit back and relax, The Foul Priest (as he’s known in the streets) continued to work at his craft. He came back even harder in 2010 starting with his singles “Cop Shot” and “Man Listen” which were college radio hits. “Man Listen” was the # 1 single on the RapAttackLives College Hip-Hop Charts (7/14/2010) and #3 on the Rapnetwork Record Breakers chart (7/19/2010). Those singles were followed up by the release of the successful mixtape “Hood World Order” hosted by DJ Noodles and distributed by Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes. Will’s momentum continued throughout the rest of 2010 with the release of the video for “Cop Shot” and the second mixtape “I Came to Bring the Sword” hosted by Superstar Jay.
Backed by Barrio Jamz Recordings in the office and legendary producers such as Sly & Robbie and Lord Finesse in the booth, Will Vill is in the strongest position he’s ever been and he’s ready to take advantage. The mixtape “Verbal Violence” hosted by DJ Young Cee of the G-Unit/Shadyville team, and the singles “Not A Game” featuring Roc Marciano, “Get Fresh” and “Fahrenheit 451” featuring Avery Storm are on deck to usher in the new album “Mangattan” and help him burn through 2011 and beyond.
A lot of emcees talk about going for “the crown” but it’s usually pretty hard to tell what makes them think they deserve it. Will Vill knows he’s not there yet, but he knows how he’s going to get there and better yet, he has the integrity to respect Hip-Hop the way he wants Hip-Hop to respect him. Line by line, track by track and album by album, Will continues to cement his position and display the kind of work ethic that’s become too rare these days. Plain and simple, Will Vill is serious—give him your attention or he will take it.
Will Vill- Vocals
Outty Cas - Backing Vocals
DJ - Turntable
"Not A Game" featuring Roc Marciano
"Fahrenheit 451" featuring Avery Storm
"Verbal Violence" Hosted by DJ Young Cee
"I Came to Bring the Sword" Hosted by Superstar Jay
"Hood World Order" Hosted by DJ Noodles
New Mixtape drops March 2011
New Album drops Summer 2011
Will Vill releases "I Came to Bring the Sword" Mixtape Presented by Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes and Hosted by Superstar Jay
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Will Vill Releases “I Came to Bring the Sword” Mixtape Presented by Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes and Hoste...Will Vill Releases “I Came to Bring the Sword” Mixtape Presented by Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes and Hosted by Superstar Jay
Barrio Jamz Recordings and Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes Present Will Vill’s Latest Mixtape Entitled “I Came to Bring the Sword,” Hosted by Superstar Jay and Available for Free Download From Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes
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Artist Will Vill’s latest release is “I Came to Bring the Sword,” presented in association with Barrio Jamz Recordings and Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes. Hosted by Superstar Jay, the project is available from Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes at http://coast2coastmixtapes.com for free download. “I Came to Bring the Sword” features Will Vill on tracks with artists Avery Storm and Fred the Godson, with production added by Chaze from Grim Team and Outty Cas.
New York emcee Will Vill has already had a busy career. His politically charged lyrics gained the attention of some of the game’s best-known scholars and paved the way for performances with Mos Def, Dead Prez and The Roots. With tracks like “Devil in a Blue Dress” and “Same Year, Different Number,” Will’s voice broke through the usual boundaries of hip hop and earned him recognition in Esquire and The New York Times. Will’s past releases include his “Hood World Order” mixtape and his debut album, The Arrival. “The Foul Priest” (as he’s known in the streets) proudly represents both the Dominican Republic and Washington Heights, bringing not only his experience and perspective to each track but the spirit of every man, woman, and child from those places that created him.
Superstar Jay may be the definition of the mixtape DJ. The Queens, NY, native has had a prolific career, with over a thousand releases, more than 200 mixtapes on http://www.datpiff.com, and his “I Am Mixtapes” series now on its 71st volume. He has been nominated for and won multiple Justo Mixtape Awards, including “Rookie of the Year.”
“I Came to Bring the Sword” is available for free streaming and download at http://coast2coastmixtapes.com/mixtapes/mixtapedetail.aspx/will-vill-i-came-to-bring-the-sword-hosted-by-superstar-jay.
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Mixtape Review - WILL VILL "HOOD WORLD ORDER"
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Will Vill, "Hood World Order" Mixtape Hosted by DJ Noodles Review by Nesto email@example.com...Will Vill, "Hood World Order" Mixtape
Hosted by DJ Noodles
Review by Nesto
First off, let me say I’m not real familiar with Will Vill, but after a couple of spins of this mixtape I have to say I will be checking for Will Vill’s album when it drops. Will Vill enlists DJ Noodles to bring his Hood World Order mixtape and impresses. This mixtape has the same formula as the majority of mixtapes out today. Get one of the more recognized DJs to host your tape, with the dramatic screaming of your name, very little if any actual mixing, and beat jacking from current or past beats that were hits to help keep the listeners attention.
NYC rappers no longer garner the same pull or respect they use to, but there are a few in the ranks coming up that still keep heads checking for NYC. Will Vill is one of those rappers. He’s been in the game for a minute now, and has released music going back to 2000, but for whatever reason hasn’t broken out to the masses. This may change with the release of Hood World Order.
Will Vill has that DIY mentality that all successful artists from the indie ranks can appreciate, and his flow and confidence on the mic rides the beats with the best of them, but his rhymes stand out and make you take notice. There are a number of standout tracks on Hood World Order, with the first being “Times Up 2010”. Heads will recognize this track from the legend OC, and Will pays respect to OC on this track. Will puts the industry on blast, and lets them know that he’s not your run of the mill rapper, and will take out any sucka rapper anytime, anyplace.
“Everyday Cash” is another stand out track. Will borrows 50 Cent’s recent “I Get Money” beat and flips the rhymes to show he has that dream of making that money, while at the same time trying to bring some substance to the game. “Wish They Would” is another track that will grab the listener’s attention. Most will recognize this beat from Master P, but Will rides this beat and spits some gully rhymes wishing suckas to step to him. “William Jefferson” grabs you with the help of the one of the most recognized beats on this mixtape a la Biggie Smalls “Who Shot Ya”. Will does justice to this track and makes it known that Mr. William Jefferson is moving on up.
“No Trust” is another track that’s going pull the listeners in. Will’s rhymes on this track paint that picture of the struggle, and the tale of keeping your friends close, but your enemies closer by stating “even your homies will turn your flesh into ground beef.” Bob Marley’s sampled hook on this track fits the rhymes and vibe perfectly.
“Reflecting” gives the listener some insight into Will’s take on the state of Hip-Hop and the world. Again the beat is the perfect backdrop for the rhymes Will is spitting, and he rides the track with the charisma of a seasoned artist. “Reign Supreme” will grab the listener’s attention and keeps it. Will borrows Jay Z’s “Public Service Announcement” track and spits them rhymes that lets you know he’s ready to take is rightful place atop the throne.
This mixtape has beats, rhymes, and a little something for everyone. Cop it at www.willvillmusic.com and check out the video for Will’s new single and video for “Cop Shot."
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS FINDS ITS HIP HOP CRED IN WILL VILL AND HIS LEAD SINGLE, “COP SHOT”
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New York, NY, February 2010 - Will Vill made a name for himself on the East Coast when he released h...New York, NY, February 2010 - Will Vill made a name for himself on the East Coast when he released his controversial first single, “Devils in a Blue Dress”. The single addressed the barrage of police brutality cases taking place in New York at that time. Now, Will is about to follow up that successful single with another thought provoking release, “Cop Shot”.
This young emcee hails from the Washington Heights section of New York City, an area whose talent has yet to be tapped. Through the years, Will Vill has steadily been mastering his craft as an emcee, showcasing his talent through various avenues - whether battling fellow emcees on the block or killing it with his hyped lyrical skills on assorted mixtapes. In the same controversial style as Ice-T’s “Cop Killer,” “Cop Shot” pushes the envelope by calling out corrupt cops. Produced by Outshun Entertainment, this hardcore single is just a taste of what to expect from Will's upcoming album release, “Mangattan”, slated to hit streets in the summer of 2010. In addition to “Cop Shot”, “Mangattan” will feature singles produced by the legendary production team, Sly & Robbie. Dancehall fans will delight in a guest appearance by Cherine Anderson on the single, “Confuzed,” a radio and club friendly joint. A preview to Will's full length album will be his mixtape release, “Hood World Order,” hitting streets February 1st through Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes.
Signed to the New York based indie label, Barrio Jamz Recordings, “Cop Shot” and “Hood World Order” are just a tantalizing teaser of what you can expect from this Dominican powerhouse in 2010.
You can check out “Cop Shot” attached on MP3 and look for the video on www.YouTube.com/WillVillMusic. For more information, please contact Steven Smith at (646) 721 2823 or steven@BarrioJamz.com.
Review of "The Arrival" by Will Vill
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Yeah, aren't you tired of the so called rap music nowadays? Labels are springing up outta nowhere an...Yeah, aren't you tired of the so called rap music nowadays? Labels are springing up outta nowhere and putting out the same ole garbage. Let me tell you straight, it ain't entertaining when it sounds like something you could have made up. How long has it been since someone came off with some ill flow and you couldn't wait to learn the verses? "The Arrival" is still on point even six years after it's release. The big thing is when he spits, he's actually talking about something. People are afraid today to say when something is garbage. There are levels to attain too and being gifted with word flow is no small feat. Check out this slept on album and get back to some real hip hop.
The Arrival Will Vill
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Coming from Washington Heights, New York, comes Dominican MC Will Vill, also known as the “Foul Prie...Coming from Washington Heights, New York, comes Dominican MC Will Vill, also known as the “Foul Priest”. Following up the buzz created by his critically acclaimed DPI records debut single “Devils in a Blue Dress” he has stepped up with a full length album, “The Arrival”. Hoping to leave a legacy as, “one of the greatest emcees to ever touch the mic”, Will Vill has certainly laid down some solid work over the 16 tracks on display here.
Boasting a clear flow over some hard East Coast beats courtesy of his production team and guest emcees the “Hashayshines” Will Vill offers up some powerful views on his neighborhood and the life struggles and challenges that go with it. And, from the intro, “Walk With A Bop”, where Will Vill boasts that, “Supervillain emcees get slapped out their costumes” it is clear that no prisoners are to be taken when it comes to delivering his rhymes.
Over a metronome-style tick coupled with some brooding strings Will breaks out his brag game on “Outshine The Sun” as he boasts that, “It takes more than fire to outshine the sun, out-rhyme the one with homicidal tongue”. This desire to demonstrate his superior skills also arises on “Headlock on Satan” where Will boasts how, “It’s like water when I flow on a beat” - but it is not all braggadocios rhymes as Will shows a deeper side as he flips his lyrics to other topics.
“Dreams Of Getting Murdered” sees Will dealing with a darker theme altogether but hastens to ask the listener to, “Picture me rocking pajamas on the streets, Yo I don’t sleep” to show that this is just a dream. Indeed Will Vill, joined by Spoo the Noble, is keen to demonstrate his hardcore credentials further on “Front Page” where, over a minor key piano loop, they spit about how they can get down and handle their business should matters come to a head in the streets. But while Will Vill shows he is ready to handle himself he can equally deliver some thought provoking lyrics about the situations that the streets bring. On “Wishes” he speaks on how he wishes things were better with lines like, “I wish we wasn’t all drug dealers, I wish wasn’t all foul niggas with a grudge trying to sound bitter”. It is clear from this that Will Vill isn’t trying to be the next heartless caricature emcee but would rather deliver his street based rhymes with an air of reality. This theme is furthered later on the album with the move-making track, “It’s Only Right” where he laments over a deep bass that, “I was afraid of dying until I learnt living was worse”.
Will Vill takes time to introduce his and his crew’s sentiments on the horn assisted “Clarify” and the Middle Eastern tinged “Blood and Sand”. Both of these cuts demonstrate their gritty ethos, but it is on the single “Keep It Gritty” that this ideal is most clearly emphasized as Outty Cas joins him in an anti-flossing/keep it real anthem that is still capable of banging in the clubs. This “ashy” focus is even demonstrated when delivering lines in an attempt to get a lady between the sheets on “Confused (So Fresh)” where Will cleverly delivers his game with a street edge over a mellow piano loop and laid back break beat.
The latter part of this collection has Will Vill calling people to stand up and break free from the shackles of the negativity of their situations. The swirling keys, dark bass and urging rhymes of “Free Will (Cages)” give way to “Behave Like A Slave” where he asks the down-trodden to, “Break out of the slave mentality” and relinquish the material focus that has created a 21st Century slave, “Yanked by the chains with the thousand dollar links on”. The final two tracks see Will delve further into a personal side; for example, over a stuttering beat and a violin he talks with God on “When I Come Home”. The ‘home’ of which he speaks is with God as he looks for hope through adversity in the dream that, “When I come home, Put an 80 proof in a cup, fill it up, let’s break bread and take all the drinks to the head, let’s crack a philly ‘til our eyes get red”. The final track, “Sincerely Yours (Outro)” takes the form of a, “Toast to the ghetto” as Will Vill strives to come to terms with the negativity of the ‘hood - once again demonstrating that he is about more than hardcore tales of busting guns.
Will Vill delivers a strong debut where even the interlude track, “Exodus” is a rhyme rather than a skit, all over some hard neck-snapping production. If you like your hip-hop hard but with a thoughtful edge then this is for you - let’s just hope that there is more quality to come from this Upper Manhattan representative.
Will Vill :: The Arrival
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Hailing from Washington Heights, rapper Will Vill knows that there's a legacy to fulfill, and so fro...Hailing from Washington Heights, rapper Will Vill knows that there's a legacy to fulfill, and so from the door he promises to hold it down for "NYC - hip-hop at its fuckin' strongest." "Walk With a Bop", the intro to his debut album, is indeed a nice representation of the confidence rooted in knowing that hip-hop was conceived among these blocks. But there's a lot of other drama going down in these city streets, which Will Vill is eager to speak upon. Having made a name for himself with the anti-police song "Devils in a Blue Dress" (then recording under his full name Will Villainova) in 2000, the rapper goes to lengths to paint the violent picture of ongoing urban decay that rap music is known to portray since almost day one. One has to say that had he been more insightful in his approach, "The Arrival" would have been a more convincing album. While he stays clear of the overdone 'thug' pose, his lyrics are still full of first-hand violent encounters.
Similar to many promiment New York rappers, Will Vill represents the hip-hop-loving boy who the streets have turned into a hardened man: "We used to grip mics, now they got us clippin' the nines / doin' life bids for minimum time / blamin' God for committin' some crimes / the only thing that makes sense now is nickels and dimes." And since "beef is real," the "streets is ill" and "war is a deep ordeal," competition is bound to end up on the "Front Page". On "Wishes", his reflections reach a little deeper when he rhymes:
"I wish we wasn't all foul niggas
with a grudge tryin' to sound bitter
I wish my niggas would be happy in life
I wish these killers wouldn't always try to clap me at night
It's all good, in a way
but I'm wishin' that we all got paid
I wish my peeps would use rubbers when we all got laid
who the fuck is gonna cure us when we all got AIDS?
Who the fuck is left to bury when we all got graves?"
In short, Will's multiple and contradicting wishes include wishing for better times for all as well as wishing on the downfall of others. That's rap music for you, the sinner in the confession booth, asking to be forgiven and in the same breath cursing his enemies. Or, as Will Vill realizes: "There I go again / the devil made me lose control again."
In that regard, "The Arrival" would be the same old same old if it wasn't for "Behave Like a Slave", a keen analysis of the materialistic "slave to society, seekin' fame and notoriety / 21st century slave, a new variety." In the era of the bling-bling, this song is a strong wake-up call, with Will weaving compelling lines like "get your drink on / we just slaves gettin' our whip on / yanked by the chains with the $1000 links on / wake the fuck up, youngblood, get your think on."
The album's lead single, "Keep it Gritty", is a good representation of Will Vill's mindstate. The hook promises to "keep it gritty like scuffed up Timbs and baggy jeans / keep it gritty like porno flicks and magazines / keep it gritty, no dough for chickens and stunts / keep it gritty, that's more dough for liquors and blunts." Will adds, "if I buy shortie Cris she better sip that slow." Elsewhere, he sums up his steez as follows: "I ain't got no Cris, Cartier or the latest whip / but I got mad spliffs and the pains to spit." The way he spits could be compared to the Terror Squad collective, with a similar rhyming stamina, minus the fast flows. His voice is somewhere in the mid-range, coming across clearly. Technically, there's little fault to be found here.
Lyrically, he's solid, his rhyming ability leading him to heights such as "it's crystal clear, rappers in abysmal fear / cause they might lose dough throughout the fiscal year". He tries to get REALLY lyrical on "Outshine the Sun" and scores in the process, but he fails to live up to the "I'm so deep, my book of rhymes is at the Vatican, got the pope readin' my scripture" promise as the album progresses.
While the more mystic joints ("Headlock on Satan", "Exodus", "Blood & Sand" - despite its title and the oriental sample not a comment on current events in Iraq) will only reach a limited audience, "Confused (So Fresh)" is a nice little ditty many should be able to relate to, the way Will Vill humorously breaks down his confusing relationship with a shortie.
Production for "The Arrival" is strictly kept within the crew (the Hashayshines), as Spoo the Noble, Atmos, Outty Cas and Will Vill himself take turns turning the knobs, crafting a fairly consistent musical background characterized by melancholic melodies. Safe for the occasionally uninspired drum programming, you never get the impression you get from so many other records of the same category - that nobody involved in the making possesses an ear for music. Standout tracks include "Wishes" with its improvised piano playing and staticky atmosphere, "Clarify", whose bitter-sweet flute is only the tip of an elegantly constructed track, "Blood & Sand" and "Exodus" with their oriental flavor and the classical music-inspired "It's Only Right". Only their blatant attempt at contemporary club sounds ("Keep it Gritty") seems destined to fail.
The rest of the album is as solid musically as it is lyrically, thanks to the reliance on sights and sounds we're all familiar with. That outstanding performance that makes heads turn in your direction it is not. That's why for now I will leave you with these words from Alberto Salazar, a man who's won three consequtive New York City Marathons: "If you want to achieve a high goal, you're going to have to take some chances."
Music Vibes: 7 of 10 Lyric Vibes: 6 of 10 TOTAL Vibes: 6.5 of 10