The Essence is an album created for true hip hop heads. It epitomizes the foundation of the Golden Era when hip hop was pure and unadulterated. Ill Conscious creates every track on The Essence while observing through the scope of a Baltimore native. The album is the embodiment of social and political commentary within the urban community. Ill has a good contrast of consciousness and raw skill that all sides of the hip hop community can appreciate. The Essence is a necessary album for all listeners and it connects all elements of hip hop that have been absent from many projects of this generation.