One of the founding members of the ILL-Legitimate crew; Anonymouz is more than a name, it’s a philosophy; a statement of commitment to content, of universality in his approach, the removal of the ego as a sacrifice to the art… “it doesn’t matter who I am… I am everyman and yet I am no-one… beyond what I am or what I say, listen to what I am saying.”
Born in Rome, Italy, and raised in the ethnically rich and diverse city of Richmond, a suburb of Vancouver, Canada, the multiculturalism and international feel is evident in his work. Anon focuses on the values that drive that culture, uncovering the universal truths that formed those values and aiming to understand and profess that understanding. Along the path to know-the-ledge he picked up a philosophy degree from UBC.
Although content-driven in his approach, Anon has a fierce presence on the mic, and his husky, smoked out voice and hard-hitting flow quickly propelled his career out of North America and overseas into foreign markets. In Australia, he worked on the Red Tape Renegades Compilation, appearing on Vol.1 (2008) and toured the country with The Optimen the same year. The same thing happened in Europe, where he stayed and released a cultural collaboration album, Klassiek, the first of its kind with now teammate, Risskant (2009), following up with a tour of The Netherlands and Belgium. His resume on stage in itself is a testimonial to his strength in front of a crowd. He has appeared live on bills alongside EPMD, Immortal Technique, Aesop Rock, ILL Bill and much more as part of ILL-Legitimate.
Anonymouz has released 2 solo albums: an.o.nym.i.ty (2006) and Smoking Joints (2012); and is featured on tracks and albums internationally. For the most part, he works tirelessly as a member of ILL-Legitimate behind the curtain on all the organizational and promotional initiatives. Anonymouz’s work ethic on the business aspects of the crew keeps him very busy, but the man with no names moves like a shadow in the dark. Over the last few years he has been simultaneously preparing his life’s masterwork for launch: a triple-album 10 years in the making: Hip Hop Anonymouz – Anon’s fall from grace; rise; and eventual transcendence out of “Hip Hop” – compiled into 3 volumes: Inferno, Purgatorio a
The time is near…
Hip Hop Anonymouz: INFERNO is nearly here…
Anon’s latest contributions are on ILL-LEGITIMATE’S -STITCHED-