Jamal Phillips who performed under the mononym Jamal, one-half of rap duo Illegal was found by world-renowned producer Dallas Austin.
Phillips’ tenure with Illegal was short-lived; following the lukewarm response to 1993’s “The Untold Truth” — the group’s full-length debut — Phillips embarked on a solo career teaming up with Eric Sermon‘s Def Squad and releasing his 1995 album Last Chance.
The album (produced by Easy Mo Bee, Redman, Rockwilder and Sermon peaked at #10 and #37 on Billboard magazine’s Heatseekers and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts respectively. The album also spawned a pair of hit singles — “Fades Em All“, which sampled The Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Ready To Die‘ and “Keep It Real“, which sampled Stevie Wonder’s ‘Ribbon In The Sky‘.
Today for our Classic Times entry we flashback to the then young emcee’s shining moment with the video to his song “Keep It Real.”