The Essence is Ill Conscious's official debut solo album that was released in Summer 2015. The album was essentially created for true hip hop heads, thus giving the listeners that underground boom bap sound. The production team on the album ranges from Copenhagen producer, M.W.P. to Norwegian producers Loop.Holes. The Essence epitomizes the foundation of the Golden Era, when hip hop was pure and unadulterated. Every lyric on the album was narrated observing through the scope of a Baltimore native. Supporters of the Baltimore emcee agree that The Essence is the embodiment of social and political commentary within the urban inner city communities. The Essence was an important album because it was a response to the Freddie Gray tragedy and other police brutality cases around the world. The undertones in this project are that of civilians marching against injustices worldwide. Ill Conscious' The Essence, also acquired his first vinyl deal through the United Kingdom's most notable vinyl record label, Chopped Herring Records. In turn, this created a business relationship that would serve as promising and benefcial for Ill's future projects. Ill Conscious has a good contrast of consciousness and street interpretations 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.