16 years is a long time. It’s a lifetime in terms of a career especially. Having said that, Ill-tone, (of The Lyricists & Blacktivity), a native of Port Huron Michigan is no stranger to the grind of underground Hip-Hop, striving to maintain integrity and relevance while trying to reach as many people as possible. With releasing 6 albums with The Lyricists, 3 with Blacktivity and using Detroit as his proving ground, he cut his teeth by earning the respect and camaraderie of emcees from one of the hardest and most critical scenes. It is absolutely a situation where natural selection applies, survival of the fittest, and Ill-tone has not only survived but is thriving.