Friends create, sell music in honor of missing teen

Beloit teen last seen a year ago

Beloit police said officers are still looking for leads in the case of teen who went missing nearly a year ago.

While that investigation stays open, friends of Bilial Hammette are not giving up, and they’re using their musical talents to help in the search for Hammette.

“I just think about KO and I can’t help but shed a tear about the situation,” said recording artist Tahj Stewart, also known as Taz Raww.

He was hard at work in the studio Saturday, putting the finishing touches on his first mixtape “KO’d.” The record is a collaboration with Trace Thayer, also known as Lil Chief.

It’s in honor of their friend Hammette who has been missing from Beloit since Aug. 6, 2011. Hammette was also a recording artist and went by the name “KO.”

Stewart said Hammette was the first person he ever recorded songs with, making his recent success with music bitter sweet.

“I’m on the radio in different parts of the country. Things are starting to shine bright but still there’s one thing that’s missing and that’s Bilal,” said Thayer.

Thayer helped produce the album at Pretty Boy Studios, a place he said Hammette used to come with them.

“His presence is with us everyday when we step into the studio,” said Thayer.

Many of the 18 tracks feature Hammette and his face graces this cover.

“This is all for Bilial. Every bar we wrote, every hour we spent in the studio. It’s all for Bilial and trying to bring him home,” said Thayer.

Thayer poured his heart out to his missing friend over a track titled “Faded Too Long”. He also shot a music video and posted it on YouTube.

With Hammette’s memory permanently inked in their hearts, his friends are vowing to never forget him.
They hope their passion for music will encourage others to help them find him and fill the hole his disappearance has left in their lives.

“Even if people don’t like hip hop, this $5 is going toward a greater cause for a kid that went missing and don’t nobody know nothing about,” said Stewart.

You can pick up a copy of their mixtape at Pretty Boy Studios at 413 E Grand Ave. in Beloit.

Their CDs will also be available at the Benefit for Bilial on Aug. 6. For details on the Benefit, contact Trace Thayer at 608-692-4854.