For some the second quarter of 2018 is a chance to rebrand themselves while still “starting” this year on a high note. For others, it is a continual build on the foundation they’ve been laying. The Boy Illinois is of the latter group. The Chi-Town’s native has released a new freestyle titled “Othello” to remind fans and haters he still encompasses the essence of hip-hop and has the bars to match it.
Illi had a great Q1 that included performing multiple shows at SXSW 2018 and, having Forbes call him the next hottest Chicago Act. While all that is great, it’s not stopping his hustle as he is preparing to release 2 albums this year while consistently working and building his fan base all over the country. He will also perform at the biggest and longest running festival in Chicago “Taste of Chicago” and will be closing out the festival that Sunday, July 15th.
In the video, shot by Ted.V1, The Boy Illinois sets the scene nearby a gritty Chicago train track delivering bar after bar while wearing his signature fresh to death loafers. He addresses haters switching sides like “Othello” and placing himself in the forefront as up next showing up “fashionably late,” but right on time.
With this video he is proving that it truly is “Illli Season” and he’s stepping up to the plate making major moves showing he can go line for line against the best.
Melvin Taylor II is a Chicago native who moved to New York City and is going after the dream. Currently he is both producing for Bold TV and hosts his radio show "The Alternative with Melvin Taylor" which can be found on WHCR 90.3 FM-NY (Tuesday 3a-6a est). You can also find him on stage at Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) performing improv or writing for Respect Magazine. In the future, he hopes to host on a national platform while creating more opportunities for talented individuals who are looking to find their way.