Blackillac is a rap duo formed by emcees Zeale and Phranchyze based out of Austin, Texas. Their upcoming releases feature production by Gary Clark Jr. We sat down with the emcees after their performance at Float Fest.
How did you come up with the name BlacKillac?
“We went through a bunch of different names at first including Black Rodeo but we turned those down and we went with Blackillac. We just like the sound of it and we’re black and we think the music sounds really good in cadillacs.”
If you could describe your style in one word what would it be?
“Dichotomy or Forceful”
How did y’all meet?
“We met on the basketball courts about a year ago in Southeast Austin, legitimately a neighborhood basketball spot we played ball at. Before we started making music together, we used to battle at UT at the time then when we became teammates.”
Who are your top five favorite rappers right now?
Zeale: “Kendrick, Drake, not as a lyricist but overall as an artist, J. Cole, Kanye, and Pusha T”
Phranchyze: “Drake, Kendrick, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, and Quavo as a solo artist”
Who is your dream collab with?
Z: “There’s a lot: Drake, Migos, Kendrick, and everybody I named in my top 5”
P: “I was going to go old-school, I think it’d be cool to have a track with Luda, Busta Rhymes, Tec-9”
What projects are you working on and what should we look forward to hearing from you in the near future?
Z: “We’ve been working on music for quite a while. We started out this whole process working with Gary Clark Jr. He produced a good portion of the beginning of the project and then we started branching out to some other amazing producers in LA so we’ve been assembling all these songs and getting a big amount together and we’re going to start releasing them in the next two weeks piece by piece. We are going to drop songs and videos and just keep a rhythm going. We don’t necessarily want to drop a whole record right now, we don’t think it's necessary in this climate.”
If you could be a superhero, what would your name be and what is your superpower?
P: “My name would be Dark Eagle and I would be able to teleport from place to place”
Z: “I’d be Dr. Blacktavious and my superpower would be to reverse white privilege in thirty-second increments.”
If you weren't doing music, what would you be doing?
Z: “I’d be a painter. I would paint naked, I would paint in the nude and I would paint dogs”
P: “If I wasn't doing music, I’d probably be doing something with video games or something to do with computers or networking security.”
What's your favorite song of those that you have out right now?
Z: “My favorite would be “Wave 2021” because it shows our complete range
P: “For me, it’s our song with Gary Clark Jr. that he produced,”Feel Like” I think that’s a dope ass song, it’s very south Austin and has got a nice body to it.”
What advice would you give others trying to get into the music industry?
Z: “Don’t, more room for me”
P: “Make videos, record, and then make videos, record, and then record and make a video of your recording then record and make a video then collaborate with Blackillac if you’re dope”
What's a question you've always wanted to be asked in a interview? Then answer it.
P: “What is your favorite pastry? Mine would be cinnamon rolls”
Z: “What is your favorite cereal? It would be Cap’n Crunch Berries”