Nov
18
8:00 pm20:00

Uptown Soul Lounge (Holiday Show)

Harlem's premier live soul music series returns to Harlem Nights for an early holiday special on Friday, November 18! Catch intimate, live performances by one of NYC's most captivating rising stars Bridget Perez, Brooklyn alt-soul vocalist AshtnMrtn, and Houston, Texas newcomer Symone.

This show is FREE w/ RSVP: http://goo.gl/ltaJQz
Space is limited, and admittance is on a first come, first served basis, so early arrival is suggested.

Hosted by afrobeats/hip hop maestro Ayoinmotion, Uptown Soul Lounge has made its name for bridging the gap between generations, blurring lines in the soul spectrum, and forging Harlem's new hotbed for remarkable emerging talent in soul from around the world.  

Oct
28
8:00 pm20:00

Uptown Soul Lounge - FREE SHOW!

Uptown Soul Lounge series returns to Harlem Nights on Friday, October 28th, with live performances by DC soul goddess Amber Mimz, Nigerian native and west coast soul queen Mary Akpa, and emerging NYC singer Morgan Taylor Jones.

This show is FREE w/ RSVP: http://goo.gl/ltaJQz
Space is limited, and admittance is on a first come, first served basis, so early arrival is suggested.

Serving as Harlem's exciting new platform for the best emerging talent in soul music, 'Uptown Soul Lounge' is a monthly music showcase happening the last Friday of every month, hosted by Afrobeats/Hip-Hop maestro Ayoinmotion.

Sep
30
Oct 1

Mixography: The Collectives (Uptown Edition)

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After last year's run in lower manhattan, CALNDAR (DJ Raydar Ellis & Cali Green) teams up with The Elixir Media Group to bring NYC's fresh new Hip Hop party series uptown to Harlem Nights on Friday, September 30th (immediately following Uptown Soul Lounge)! Come dance and drink, as we celebrate the music of some of Hip Hop's greatest collectives from the '90s and beyond, such as The Dungeon Family (Outkast, Goodie Mob, etc.), Native Tongues (ATCQ, De La Soul, etc.), Bad Boy (Biggie, P. Diddy, etc.), Death Row (Tupac, Snoop Dogg, etc.), G.O.O.D Music, and more.

This event is FREE w/ mandatory RSVP: http://goo.gl/gjNQOE

Sep
30
8:00 pm20:00

Uptown Soul Lounge - FREE fall season kickoff show

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Harlem's extraordinary live soul music series ushers in the fall season at Harlem Nights on Friday, September 30th, with special performances by emerging Latin R&B sensation from Queens, Urban Kelz (aka #Kelby), the sultry Afro-Latin, Pop/Soul singer/songwriter and model from The Bronx,Isa, and American Idol competitor Kola Rai

This show is FREE w/ RSVP: http://goo.gl/ltaJQz
Space is limited, and admittance is on a first come, first served basis, so early arrival is suggested.

Hosted by afrobeats/hip hop maestro Ayoinmotion#UptownSoulLoungehas made its name for bridging the gap between generations, blurring lines in the soul spectrum, and forging Harlem's new hotbed for remarkable emerging talent in soul from around the world.


MORE ABOUT KELBY:
On the heels of his stellar opening performance for Rotimi (of the sensational STARZ TV series, 'Power') at SOB's, Kelby brings his blend of contemporary R&B with Latin roots to the Harlem Nights stage in support of his recent summer release 'You're Welcome.' Featuring production by Grammy-nominated producers K-Quick and SamTrax, the eight-track EP is laced with a combination of sutlry bedroom jams and urban pop.

More From Kelby:

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MORE ABOUT ISA:

The granddaughter of famed Cuban vocalist and actress Isaura Mendoza, Isa (born Isa Marina Lopez) is an extraordinarily talented Bronx-born singer, songwriter, and model who has earned rightful comparisons to Alicia Keys, Selena, and Aaliyah. Isa's music is reflective of her multi-faceted personality, soulful roots, edgy exterior, and overpowering vocal ability (she's a trained Dramatic Soprano with a range spanning from D3 to D6).

Inspired by the legendary Maria Callas' performance in Puccini’s Tosca, Isa, at the age of 14, enrolled at The Marianela Sanchez School of Music in the Dominican Republic, where she was classically trained and mentored by celebrated Lyric Soprano, Marianela Sanchez.

Her debut EP Montage takes on contemporary pop music. After graduating college Isa joined forces with a local production team for the hit "Higher." Now training with New York Vocal Coaching director David McCall, Isa is prepping the release of her sophomore project 'Mirrors' Volume I. 

Her debut EP Montage takes on contemporary pop music. After graduating college Isa joined forces with a local production team for the hit "Higher." Now training with New York Vocal Coaching director David McCall, Isa is prepping the release of her sophomore project 'Mirrors' Volume I. 

More From Isa:

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MORE ABOUT KOLA RAI:

Taking a page from the greats such as  Whitney Houston,  Mary J. Blige, and Tina Turner, Kola Rai exudes mounds of emotion with her vocal range, and stirring blend of soulful pop, hip hop and r&b. The multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and dnacer was an American Idol finalist and has swept talent competitions across the Tri-State area, leaving fervent standing ovations in the wake of her performances.

More From Kola Rai:

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Aug
26
8:00 pm20:00

'Uptown Soul Lounge' - FREE SHOW!

  • Harlem Nights

Uptown Soul Lounge returns to its new location, Harlem Nights, for another special free show on Friday, August 26th! This time around, The Elixir Media Group welcomes Grammy-nominated southern soul sensation from Dallas, Texas, Geno Young, former member of reformatted R&B/New Jack mega group Blackstreet, Lenny Harold, and the versatile Philly-based songbird, Domi Jo, for the seventh installment of Harlem's extraordinary monthly live music series.

Hosted by afrobeats/hip hop maestro Ayoinmotion, Uptown Soul Lounge has made its name over the course of the past six months for bridging the gap between generations, blurring lines in the soul spectrum, and forging Harlem's new hotbed for remarkable emerging talent in soul from around the world.

Don't miss out on this amazing experience!

Jul
29
8:00 pm20:00

'Uptown Soul Lounge' - FREE SHOW!

The summer season of #UptownSoulLounge continues to heat up in July, as Harlem's exciting new monthly live music experience moves to a brand new location, Harlem Nights, for its sixth installment! This time, admission is completely FREE with an RSVP!

Hosted by afrobeat and hip hop maestro Ayoinmotion, the show will feature special live performances by new SONY/ATV signee Ginette Claudette, east coast neo soul upstart Kojo Stone, and psychedelic jazz/soul queen Briana Joelle.

New location. New lineup. Same unforgettable live music experience showcasing the best emerging talent in soul. Don't miss out!

Admission is FREE w/ RSVP: http://goo.gl/3E0WOA

Jun
24
8:00 pm20:00

Summer Season Kickoff of Uptown Soul Lounge

  • Gin Fizz Harlem

Kick off the first weekend of summer at Uptown Soul Lounge, Harlem's exciting new monthly live music experience showcasing the best emerging talent in soul. The first show of the summer will see the return of our house host Ayoinmotion and feature special live performances by rising blues/soul star Sophia Bastian, Brooklyn-based jazz/soul goddess Elle Winston, and Gaby Borromeo.

RSVP here for $5 admission. Admission is $10 at the door without RSVP.


MORE ABOUT SOPHIA BASTIAN
Sophia Bastian is the love child of contemporary soul luminaries and our legendary jazz/blues pioneers of yesteryear. Her smoky, vintage vocals, and vibrant songwriting channel some of her biggest inspirations such as classic jazz artist Billie Holiday and soul pioneer Ray Charles. Hailed as “a pure artist,” Sophia's Juvenile Blues EP has been met with a great reception internationally. The project's latest single, "Blind Ambition" recently debuted on Ebro's Beats1 Radio show. Sophia and her band have opened up for The Roots and performed on Good Day LA.

More Info:
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MORE ABOUT ELLE WINSTON:
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Elle Winston's sound might best be described as a meeting of folk-legend James Taylor & soul queen Chaka Khan, a deep mixture of jazz inspired soul music, with hints of blues/rock/American roots music. The unique quality of Elle's music is reflected in the wide range of artists she's opened for including Gil-Scott Heron, Joan Jett, Groupo Fantasma, Orgone, Bridget Kelly, Carl Thomas and others. Noted as a "an artist whose songwriting skill is not to be overlooked," and whose music is "a kind of perfect storm," Elle has become a sought-after artist on both the east and west coasts. She has played the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, Hot97′s Who's Next Showcase, LA's annual ASCAP Showcase and headlined the Harlem Arts Festival. Elle and her band have been featured on some of the best of stages in NYC thus far this year including the Billboard Lounge at Barclays Center, the Apollo Music Cafe and The Manhattan Inn as part of the Hypnocraft Presents series.

More info:
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MORE ABOUT GABY BORROMEO:
Gaby Borromeo is a classically trained singer/ songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Seattle, WA. She moved to New York City at 15 to pursue a career in music and has since worked with talents such as John Legend, Tom Kitt, Rockwilder and many more. While taking a break from her own project, she's been able to lend her angelic vocals for TV/ film, and has written for other artists, landing debut spots on local airwaves.

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May
27
8:00 pm20:00

Uptown Soul Lounge - Memorial Day Weekend Edition

On Friday, May 27, the newest sensation in soul music David Morin, the Harlem jazz-fusion/soul virtuosos of Freelance, and Brooklyn-based, funk/soul trio The Visions will perform live at Gin Fizz Harlem for The Elixir Media Group's 'Uptown Soul Lounge' monthly music showcase series. 

Serving as Harlem's exciting new platform for the best emerging talent in soul music, 'Uptown Soul Lounge' is a monthly music showcase happening the last Friday of every month. With the live soulful vibes from carefully curated talent, set to the intimate, speakeasy setting of Harlem's "best-kept secret," 'Uptown Soul Lounge' is, at once, the revival of Harlem's old jazz/soul ethos and the birth of a new musical frontier.  

Doors for the show on Friday, May 27th will open at 8PM and the show will begin promptly at 8:30PM. RSVP here for $5 admission. Tickets are $10 at the door without RSVP. Gin Fizz is located at 308 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10027.

 

Apr
29
8:00 pm20:00

'Uptown Soul Lounge'

  • Gin Fizz Harlem

On Friday, April 29th, 2016, The Elixir Media Group's 'Uptown Soul Lounge' monthly music showcase series returns to Gin Fizz Harlem. For the third installment, Uptown Soul Lounge alumnus Carla G joins Afrobeat musician, poet, and emceeAyoinmotion for hosting duties, with special live performances by southern belle Lea Anderson, uptown R&B hero Vin Keatin, and Bronx soul upstart Gaetano.

Serving as Harlem's exciting new platform for the best emerging talent in soul music, 'Uptown Soul Lounge' is a monthly music showcase happening the last Friday of every month. With the live soulful vibes from carefully curated talent, set to the intimate, speakeasy setting of Harlem's "best-kept secret," 'Uptown Soul Lounge' is, at once, the revival of Harlem's old jazz/soul ethos and the birth of a new musical frontier.  

EVENT TIME: 8 PM.

RSVP for $5 admission here.

Tickets are $10 at the door without RSVP. Gin Fizz is located at 308 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10027.


MORE ABOUT LEA ANDERSON:
Born in Washington D.C. and raised in South Carolina, Lea Anderson radiates with a lively southern charm suggestive of her accomplished background in theater. A gifted singer/songwriter equipped with a flute, Lea is the spiritual offspring of legendary jazz singer/flutist Bobbi Humphrey.

As the former front woman of local souther hip-hop band, Many Stylez, Lea developed her poignant songwriting to craft original music for her debut EP Pronounced Lee, released March 30th of this year. Produced by Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling producer D-Moet, the project boasts songs about personal lessons from failed relationships caused by life on the road as a traveling artist.

With songs such as "NotThatTypeOfGuy" and "Real Love," Lea strives to be a hero for lovers. She has come a long way from her humble beginnings in South Carolina and is ready to take her place in the spotlight.

More Info:
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MORE ABOUT VIN KEATIN
For Vin Keatin, staying up late nights watching classic R&B Soul and Rock&Roll infomercials during his formative years manifested itself in remarkable ways. Today, Vin is an R&B crooner with the voice and star power meant for the spotlight.    

Vin's extraordinary talent took him on tour for a year in Singapore, Beijing, and even landed him the opportunity to open for Syleena Johnson and Grammy award-winning artist Melanie Fiona during Verizon's Potential of Us initiative.

Vin signed with independent music label Monarchy Records (a division of Spectra Music Group) for the release of his debut album The Beginning of Forever  (out now). 

More Info:
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MORE ABOUT GAETANO
Gaetano is considered an emerging soul artist, but his impressive resume already boasts production/writing credits for Ryan Leslie, and opening performances for some of the biggest names in R&B music, including Musiq SoulchildCarl ThomasEric Benet, and 112. Recording his first song, “O Paese Di O’Sole,” at the age of six, Gaetano has come a long way to becoming one of NYC’s premier rising talents in R&B/Soul.

Influenced by greats such as D’AngeloMichael JacksonAndrea BocelliCarlos SantanaJustin Timberlake, and more, Gaetano takes pride in his polished live performances, showcasing authenticity and raw passion in his soulful tone and gorgeous electric guitar solos.

Gaetano’s 2013 debut EP Fade Away features self-produced/written tracks, as well as production from Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter Kaleb “K Quick” Rollins. Gaetano’s quint-essential body of work is his acoustic sophomore EP, Acoustix.

With beautiful harmonies, gorgeous guitar solos, and honest lyrics, Gaetano’s music is from the soul and relatable to anyone who’s been on either side of love.

More Info:
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Mar
25
8:00 pm20:00

'Uptown Soul Lounge'

  • Gin Fizz Harlem

The Elixir Media Group's 'Uptown Soul Lounge' music showcase series returns to Gin Fizz Harlem on Friday, March 25. Hosted by Afrobeat musician, poet, and emcee Ayoinmotion, the show will feature special live performances by the multifarious DC soul queen Reesa Renee, sultry Panamanian singer/songwriter/producer Sharina Marisela, and R&B/Latin Soul singer Tracey Phipps.

Serving as Harlem's exciting new platform for the best emerging talent in soul music, 'Uptown Soul Lounge' is a monthly music showcase happening the last Friday of every month. With the live soulful vibes from carefully curated talent, set to the intimate, speakeasy setting of Gin Fizz, 'Uptown Soul Lounge' is, at once, the revival of Harlem's old jazz/soul ethos and the birth of a new musical frontier.

EVENT TIME: 8PM.

RSVP for $5 admission here .

Tickets are $10 at the door without RSVP. Gin Fizz is located at 308 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10027.


MORE ABOUT REESA RENEE:

Reesa Renee is a soul singer, songwriter, and lyrical poet from the DC Metropolitan Area who's been championed by local fans and peers for her electrifying harmonies and energetic performances. She's also earned praise from superstars such as Jill Scott. Reesa's voice blends the early jazz/soul era with contemporary R&B.

After launching her solo career in 2011 and winning the prestigious Amateur Night at the Apollo with her original song, "Got Me Loose," Reesa went on to release her debut album Reelease in 2012, which charted in the Top 20 for R&B/Soul on iTunes and landed her first tour entitled "The Wonderland Cool Tour." She's since shared stages with Eric Roberson, Raheem DeVaughn, Chuck Brown, Roy Ayers and Wale.

Her latest EP Lover's Rock was debuted at the House of Blues in Hollywood, California, where she received a standing ovation and rave reviews. Reesa dreams to make a lasting impact on her community through her gift of music. 

More Info:

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MORE ABOUT SHARINA MARISELA:

Sharina Marisela is a singer-songwriter that defies genre, class, and style. Her Panamanian heritage and Miami hometown underlie her eclectic style, which she brings to life with her sultry and compelling voice. Growing up in such a diverse family and city, Sharina's performances are inspired by greats such as La IndiaCelia CruzSadeQueen LatifahTeena Marie, and more. Since her debut EP Colors, Sharina has released the Street Serenades MixtapeVol.1, and two singles, "Se Acabo" "In Love," in which she skillfully showcases her talent as a producer, composer, songwriter, and singer. Based in NYC, Sharina has performed for Eric Roberson's Sol Village showcase at SOB's, and won first place at the Faces in the Crowd showcase. In 2015 Sharina won Ascap's Harold Adamson Lyric Award, for best written song. She's currently prepping her first full-length album.

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MORE ABOUT TRACEY PHIPPS:

Tracey (also known as Tray) is an R&B and Latin soul singer/songwriter born and raised in Washington DC. Her roots trace back to the Dominican Republic, a country known for its Caribbean tunes of Merengue and Bachata, which are the genres Tray was first exposed to as a child. From a young age, she began performing Latin gospel at churches and local concerts with her sisters (known as The Phipps Sisters). Upon graduating college with a Fashion Business degree, she began her career in business while simultaneously pursuing her music career. Tray's voice - a mixture of playful R&B, soul, and a base of unique Caribbean flare - has become a favorite among her listeners. She believes in the magic of good music and the power of its tunes to heal the soul. With her first EP scheduled for a Spring 2016 release, she aims to inspire her generation to pursue their dreams at all costs.

More Info:

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Feb
26
8:00 pm20:00

'Uptown Soul Lounge'

  • Gin Fizz Harlem

'Uptown Soul Lounge' is Harlem's exciting new showcase for the best rising talent in soul music. February 26th marks the launch of this new series with performances by Brooklyn chanteuse Amma Whatt, Soho native and recent graduate of The New .School for Jazz and Contemporary Music Léla Sophia, and Harlem soulstress Carla G. Come and enjoy the soulful sounds of these rising NYC talents live in the intimate, speakeasy ambiance of Gin Fizz Harlem

Event time: 8PM

RSVP here for $5 admission!

MORE ABOUT AMMA WHATT: Since the 2012 release of her debut EP "Maybe," Amma Whatt's artful fusion of r&b, world music, hip hop, and jazz has galvanized fans and critics regionally and positioned her at the top of the list of new indie r&b/jazz/soul favorites. SoulTrain.com says she's "...poised to take soul music to the next level..."

As an instrumental part of the Grammy-nominated songwriting team Big Drawz Music (Destiny’s Child, Emily King, etc.), Amma co-wrote “Just the Way You Are” for Kindred and The Family Soul. She's also worked with the Grammy nominated musician, Nate Smith, on his debut LP to pen songs for Gretchen Parlato, in addition to recording background vocals for Bilal's "Slipping Away." 

From recording vocals for Homegoods TV-ads, to working with superstars such as Tyrese, Danity Kane, among others, and opening shows forCommon, Tweet, Glenn Lewis, and, more recently, Musiq Soulchild, Amma's lofty resume has kept her name in discussions of exciting, emerging NYC talent.

While life and new motherhood has kept Amma occupied as of late, she's all the more inspired and is working on new music for 2016.

More Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

MORE ABOUT LELA SOPHIA: Léla Sophia's art speaks not of timeless love or heartbreak, but of personal ruminations often overlooked by mainstream songwriters. With the recent release of her mellow love song "NeoB," the ethereal "Ordinary High," and the dynamic "Serenity/Love's Prayer," the young, undeniably gifted Neo-Soul/Jazz upstart has earned comparisons to Lianne La HavasEmily King, and Coco of Quadron.

While Sophia was classically trained, her jazz vocal stylings were honed while attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where she was taught and mentored by Chris Turner and classmates with singer James Tillman. Now a recent graduate from the university, Léla joins the ranks of fellow alumni Robert Glasper, Jesse Boykins III, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and more. 

Her angelic voice overwhelmingly entrances, effortlessly dancing between complex chords and harmonies giving a sophisticated sound to neo-soul and R&B. Her performances marry the vocal styles of Nancy Wilson with modern artists like Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon, pulling from her background in classical and jazz training.

More Info: Website | Facebook | Instagram

 

MORE ABOUT CARLA G: An adept jazz/soul singer/songwriter, Carla G. channels the ethos of your favorite old school jazz, Motown, and new age soul artists. Growing up an army brat, music was the one constant that carried her from Texas to Georgia, and then on to her home away from home, Tacoma, WA. Now based in Harlem, Carla performs as a part of a hip hop fusion band, LiKWUiDity, and has moved audiences in solo performances, masterfully covering her favorites such as Amy Winehouse and Natalie Cole

More from Carla G on: Twitter | IG

Oct
7
Oct 8

Illa J Album Release Show w/ POTATOHEAD PEOPLE + DJ SPINNA

  • Cameo Gallery

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The Elixir Media Group is teaming up with internationally renowned Brooklyn label Bastard Jazz Recordings for rapper/singer/songwriter Illa J's NYC album release show at Cameo Gallery on Wednesday, October 7. 

In addition to a live performance by Illa J, the show will feature the NYC debut live performance from rising electronic production duo  Potatohead People.  The world famous DJ Spinna will be keeping the party moving all night and into the morning hours after the show. 

RSVP ON FACEBOOK.

MORE ABOUT THE ALBUM:

Set for release October 2nd, Illa J'sforthcoming, multifaceted self-titled solo album is a personal milestone for the talented younger brother of legendary hip hop producer J Dilla and former Slum Village member. The album will be Illa's first full-length solo effort in nearly seven years and his debut with the Bastard Jazz label.

The album presents an entirely fresh sound, inspired by two initial collaborations between Illa and Canadian producers Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical (aka Potatohead People). Alongside a few groundbreaking co-producers, Potatohead People crafted the new project from top to bottom without the use of any samples. 

From electronic grooves (“Universe”), Acid Jazz (“Sunflower”), trunk rattling G-Funk (the Kaytranada co-produced “Strippers”), to the classic Detroit boom-bap sound (“French Kiss” and rap's ode to the game of bowling “Perfect Game”), Illa flexes his muscles through both song and rhyme over one of the most diverse soundscapes of his career.  

Vancouver mainstay MC Moka Only contributes invaluably to the cohesive sound of the album as well, providing signature smoothed-out vocal choruses to tracks like “She Burned My Art”, “All Good Pt. 2” and “Who Got It” (co-produced by Mosaic). 

PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM HERE.

MORE ABOUT ILLA J:

From deep musical origins in Detroit, rapper/singer/songwriter Illa J has been slowly navigating his way through the oft-turbulent waters of Hip-Hop since the tender age of 13, when the young John Yancey aka Illa J wrote his first rhyme alongside his brother, the late great J Dilla. After his brother’s passing in ‘06, he began teaching himself piano, bass and taking vocal lessons while finding himself touring the world and recording a slew of Dilla-related projects, notably being an active member of Slum Village until 2014. His first solo album, ’08s Yancey Boys and the Frank Nitt 2013 collaborative album Sunset BLVD were both released on seminal label Delicious Vinyl. Feeling the need for a change creatively as well as geographically, in 2012 John moved to the future music hotbed that is Montreal ultimately making the connection with Canadian producers Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical aka Potatohead People (whose acclaimed Bastard Jazz debut album Big Luxury in Spring 2015 featured Illa J on two hit singles).