Ill Bill (born William Braunstein) is a rapper and producer from Brooklyn, New York. He was also a member of hip-hop collectives Non Phixion, Circle of Tyrants, La Coka Nostra, and Heavy Metal Kings.
Following the release of a few demo tapes, Ill Bill got his start as part of Non Phixion in 1994, when then-popular MC Serch decided to create a group consisting of Bill, DJ Eclipse, and Serch’s protégé Sabac Red. Rapper Goretex rounded out the group six months later, after getting the opportunity to freestyle for Serch through his childhood friendship with Bill.
The group’s debut single garnered 25,000 worldwide sales, and they were able to secure a record deal on Geffen. Following the release of their debut album in 2002 and its 2004 follow-up, the members focused on solo projects, resulting in the release of Bill’s 2004 debut, What’s Wrong With Bill? The following year, Bill and Goretex released an album with Bill’s brother, Necro, and Mr. Hyde as The Circle of Tyrants. Non Phixion then decided to take a hiatus before working on their next release (which never came to fruition), so Ill Bill joined forces with Danny Boy, Slaine, and a few members of House of Pain to form La Coka Nostra. To date, the collective has released three studio albums.
As a solo act, Ill Bill has released four solo albums. He also released one album as a collaboration with DJ Muggs, two albums as part of Non Phixion, three albums as part of La Coka Nostra, and one album as part of Heavy Metal Kings, a duo formed with rapper Vinnie Paz.