Illy's career had been steadily building before Two Degrees in 2016, with a prolific run of albums and 2014's Top 20 double platinum single Tightrope.
Things went stratospheric though when single Papercuts (featuring Vera Blue) soared up the charts, going 5 x platinum in 2016. Follow up single Catch 22 (featuring UK singer Anne-Marie) was another hit, with the rapper more in-demand than ever on the touring circuit, playing theatres and festivals around the country.
However, Illy’s time away has now ended with Then What, the instantly addictive new single created with Swedish producer LIAS and Illy’s longterm collaborator M-Phazes. As well as writing the infectious melody, Illy penned Then What’s lyrics, which reflect on life after the success of Two Degrees.
The time away has been strategic for Illy, knowing how crucial the follow up to Two Degrees was to his career. Testing the waters with a guest slot on this year's Hilltop Hoods single Exit Sign ("that song plays to both our strengths") Then What is the next logical step.
"It takes the influence from Exit Sign and runs in a good direction. It brings people back to 'Hey I'm still an artist, still making music, here you go’.