Tommy Ill

aka Thomas Young, Tommy Ill & Buck Beauchamp

Thomas Young is a Wellington based rapper, songwriter, beat maker and producer who performs and records under the alias Tommy Ill.

Born in Wellington in 1985, Young grew up in the Hutt Valley region. During his childhood he sang in choirs and played guitar before starting rapping when he was 14 years old. Around the same time he started recording his own bedroom demos, eventually leading to performing at an open mic showcase in 2003 as part of the Respect festival at the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt.

Tommy Ill
Photo credit: Photo by David James
Robot (Featuring A Robot)
Come Home Mr. Ill
Tommy Ill interviewed on the Radio Wammo Show, 2 April, 2012
Cheese on Toast interview 2010
New Car Money
Cheap Wine Bender
Living Dead

In 2008 he recorded with Kimba towards his EP Matchsticks.

Young 's voice was once compared to Beck by Peaches.

In 2012 he released a music video 'New Car Money' which parodies 'Otis' by Jay-Z and Kanye West.

Young is a graphic designer by trade.


Empathy Recordings

Loop Recordings Aot(ear)oa


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