Since the successful release of The Boy Illinois mixtape “WINDY”, Illi infectious music has taken off, from killing freestyles at Sway in the Morning to recently completing a 5 high school tour of Chicago Public High Schools with the Obama Foundation.
There to raise awareness about upcoming Black History Month, The Boy Illinois performed & encouraged students to get excited about the upcoming festivities.
The Boy Illinois is also set to headline his first show of 2018 at The Wire (6815 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402) Feb. 6th with special guests Adam Ness, London Lo, Vo & Tynece Allen including a live band and DJ.
“I get to show and prove on the grand scale,” The Boy Illinois told me today by phone.
“I like showing people what I’ve got. This is my stage now and I’m going to show what I’m going to do with it. We’ve got a live band and we have an MTV Unplugged-like show.”
The show was recently featured in Chicago Reader and is making noise around the city.
He has also been busy working in the studio with industry vet Poo Bear (Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Lupe Fiasco) along with dropping new video 90/94 Freestyle with partner in rhyme YP. Directed by Dhope Films and produced by Rel Elite, the visual sums up true lyrical and clever wordplay displaying YP and Illi as expertise emcees that have crossed into a different tier from their peers.
For those tardy to the party, 90/94 is the Dan Ryan Expressway, which connects all parts of the city of Chicago. “It’s a city thing,” said The Boy Illinois.
“This is as Chicago as Harolds Chicken Shack is to the city!”