Illegal was a short-lived hip-hop duo consisting of Jamal Phillips (born on April 26, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and Malik Edwards. They were signed to Rowdy Records back in the 90's.
In 1993, they released their only album, "The Untold Truth" which peaked at #119 on the Billboard 200 and #19 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Head or Gut" was released, but didn't appear to chart at all on the Billboard Hot 100, R&B, or hip-hop charts.
Illegal's second single, "We Getz Busy" became their biggest hit to date, peaking at #95 on the Billboard Hot 100, #27 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #57 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart (staying on the chart for 13 weeks) and topped Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart.
The last single from the album, "Back in the Day" peaked at #21 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart and #80 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
Nothing was heard from them until 1995 when they teamed up with rapper Too Short for the song, "Thangs Change" and Illegal disbanded.
During that same year, Jamal released his debut solo album, "Last Chance, No Breaks." The album managed to chart at #198 on the Billboard 200, #37 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, and #10 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers albums chart.
His two singles from the album, "Fades Em All" and "Keep it Real" were moderately successful on the R&B and rap charts.
Malik released the single, "Malik Goes On" for his upcoming debut album, but the album ended up being shelved. Malik worked with Snoop Dogg, Warren G, and Tha Dogg Pound.
In 2005, Malik finally released his debut album, "The Game Needs Me."
In 2006, Jamal signed a record deal with rapper Yukmouth to be part of his record label, Smokes-A-Lot Records. A new album is yet to be released from him in the near future.
He appeared on albums by musicians such as Busta Rhymes, Coolio, Method Man, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Junior M.A.F.I.A, MC Breed, Young Zee and others.
He also helped produce Beanie Segel's 2005 album, "B.Coming." He also appeared on Malik's debut album. Today, he is known as "MallyG."
To see Jamal's MySpace page under the name "MallyG", go to:
To see the music video for "We Getz Busy," go to:
To see the music video for "Back in the Day," go to:
To see the music video for "Head or Gut," go to:
As a bonus, here are some music videos from Jamal's debut 1995 album:
To see the music video for "Fades Em All," go to:
To see the music video for "Keep it Real," go to:
As another bonus, here is the music video for Malik's single, "Malik Goes On,"