Illimanjaro

Illimanjaro

BandAlternativeHip Hop

The Illest

Biography

Forming in the fall of 2004 and based in Astoria, Queens, Illimanjaro have built a reputation as a nasty, noisy, three-man onslaught - combining punchy riffs and distorted noise with hard-hitting rap/spoken word vocals. Following the February 2007 release of their well-received debut album ‘A Problem,’ the power trio returned to the studio to record the four-song EP ‘Not Invited.’ Released in February 2008, ‘Not Invited’ captures the edge and electricity of the band’s live sound while infusing a colorful combination of sonic textures, bouncing beats, and thumping bass lines. The frantic guitars and driving backbeat of the opening title track, followed by the alt-rock inspired “No Win Situation” provide a powerful one-two punch to begin the album. Then - in true Illimanjaro fashion - they completely switch gears to the sexy, spacey soul and rapid-fire rhyming of “No Means No”, and the eerily psychedelic “Still”. Together, these four songs highlight perhaps the trio’s greatest attribute: to take risks and always keep the listener guessing.

Illimanjaro pride themselves on their versatility, but not in a sense that they’re out to prove how many different styles of music they can play. They just hold a deep love and appreciation for so many different genres and it feels natural to them to mix and match and see what happens. Illimanjaro see no boundaries, whether in the studio or onstage, and they possess a certain confidence that comes across in their music. As if with every note they’re trying to take over the city, one block at a time.

For booking contact: Noah Penn (631)-793-7868 e-mail: illimanjaro@hotmail.com

Lyrics

Backyard Reality

Written By: Liam Baum

Where I'm from we get loose and up in your face
We act up and occasionally misbehave
and it's obvious we act in a certain way cause when we come to your town we gonna act the same

Woah! You better slow your roll
cause I'm telling you right now that that's not how it goes......(On My Block)
So...We gonna let it be know
that it'll all be cool if we just all say
each to his own

But if you got a problem come talk to me
cause you're the one steppin on my property
and if you ain't backin down then we got some beef
so step the fuck off

In the place that I live What you believe is critical
Don't try and go your own way cause I'm tellin you it isn't cool
We're all in this together got no room for individuals
everything's the same from the big down to the miniscule

Wait a Minute. Oh No you didn't.
Who the hell you think you are, tryin to act different......(on my turf)?
Cause If that's what you think
I think you better listen
I won't tell you how it is
but I'll tell you how it isn't

It's Not the type of place where you can speak you mind
So just keep your eyes closed so we can lead the blind
either you can concede and fall into line
or step the fuck off

RAP-
Listen up cause you know we've said it before we're hear to let you know we'll never settle the score
however insignificant our differences might be still I'm not like you and you not like me
and these days that's the basis of reality So you best come correct and show me some respect
or otherwise you fuck around and get punched in the neck and these days that's what we call a reality check
Now if you're home then whatever, you can say I'm wrong but take that shit out of the house and keep it off my lawn
when will those days be gone, these cats actin hard tryin to pull some bullshit here on my backyard
where it don't belong, cause then you know it's on and that's when you start seein people droppin bombs
for what they think is right and they don't think alike and don't wanna understand another piece of life so c'mon

You know we said it before
We'll never settle the score x4

It's never gettin better now
gonna be like this forever now
no need to fight it say it all in together now
So how you gonna live it out, y'all can't take it sittin down
just get your asses up and walk a mile on a different route

But if you STILL got a problem come talk to me
cause you're the one steppin on my property
and if you ain't backin down then we got some beef
so step the fuck off

I said step the fuck off

Move!

Written By: Liam Baum & Noah Penn

Furious:
I'm Out. Hit the ground makin a dash
Fast breakaway got the jakes on my ass
city streets shovin but no one's makin room
I'm bugging out runnin gettin chased by my doom
Shook! Adrenaline. How to react?
Every choice crucial now, no turnin back
I can't think. Instinct's deep in the cut
Why's I go against what I could feel in my gut
I knew it wasn't worth the chance trustin this guy
smooth talker actin like there's nothin to hide
Not even like we had to hustle just to survive
got greedy scrapin for another piece of the pie
It's go time. No time for wonderin why.
The only thing on my mind is run for your life
Fuck the train. I've had it with you callin the shots.
It's listenin to you that got us into this spot
I think that I've been followin you for to long
I'm splitin. my decision time for me to move on

Chorus-
Move! Move! Move!
I'm splittin. My desicion time for me to move on.
Move! Move! Move! Move!

Proph:

Not Invited

Written By: Noah Penn

I'm not invited to your party
and I don't really care. I'd rather not be.
But I might show up unannounced
just to make a little noise. Bop! Boom! Bam! This is a warning.

That's quite an out fit. Look at you.
Thinkin that you're hot stuff. Done up. So where you going?
Going nowhere. Stuck in neutral.
There's traffic on the east side, west side, the tank is empty.

Hey Mayor Bloomberg, let's have a party.
Don't make any plans or did you already
rule it out completely? Not allowed?
Well now you're not invited.

I'm not invited to your party.

Hey Mayor Bloomberg, let's have a party.
Don't make any plans or did you already
rule it out completely? Not allowed?
Well now you're not invited.

I'm not invited to your party.

Discography

'A Problem' (2007) - Full Length LP (Independent)
Available on iTunes
'Not Invited' EP (2008) - 4 Songs (Independent)
Free Download at myspace.com/illimanjaromusic

Set List

Illimanjaro's repertoire consists primarily of original material with an occasional cover song. They can play one set or multiple sets at any length, whether 45 minutes or four hours.