Ill Camille releases her brand new visual for the Rippy Austin-directed cut, “Fight On.”
Featuring R&B singer, Preston Harris and Inglewood emcee, Damani Nkosi, ill Camille delivers a much-needed message. The “Black Gold” singer raps about her childhood struggles, referencing the “dark girl dilemma.” But she has never been lacking in the fighting spirit, and Quamie Yae‘s drums provide a hardy marching beat to her grueling journey. – but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Ill Camille has been putting in (a lot) of work for some years and has steadily built up a significant and loyal fanbase. She was featured on Grammy award-winning artist Kendrick Lamar‘s 2012 album and has worked with several notable artists including Terrace Martin, Frank Nitt, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Rapsody, and SiR.
Unlike her TDE peers, ill Camille moves relatively independently and without the protection of a large crew/entourage. During an interview with HipHopDX, she described what it feels like being a lone female in the industry.
“People try you a lot. I’ll go to the studio dolo or maybe one homegirl and the perception is always that I’m coming for some man or because some man is going to write my records. You gotta weed through that and do it tactfully to where you’re not coming off as a diva or bitch when you try to check somebody. One, I rap and I don’t sing. Two, I write my own records and three, this my session. You have to do it in a way where it’s understood, but not where it could possibly lead to a chin check. I feel like we’re always being told how we should be. Why do women MCs or women artist in general, have to be melded into something. People always wanted me to pick my identity all the time. Are you like the conscious Lauryn Hill type or are you Yo-Yo? I’m like an Ill Camille that’s growing up. People try to tag or categorize us in a way that makes sense to everybody else. I am who I am. I make sense to myself and to those who understand my message. Those are the people I’m talking to and I mean one at a time. I’m worried about permeating your mind. If it’s going to take a while, it’s going to take a while, but at least I know I got you.”