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Interview with ILLADELP

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Raised on the streets of North Philadelphia, he received his first taste of stardom as a rising hip hop artist when he performed with Charniece Bailey in the Power 99 FM’s “Stay in School” Campaign.

This campaign gave aspiring rap artist the opportunity to spread the message about staying in school and saying no to drugs.

After winning this competition, Charneice and Kenyatta had the pleasure of meeting the group Total and since we represented Strawberry High School, Total performed at our school. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served as a Sergeant. While stationed in Okinawa, Japan in 2002, he connected with Mark Thompson who ignited his thirst for music and recorded, “illadlep” and “False Prophet”.

It was at this time, he adopted the stage name “illadelp” because he viewed his self as one of the illest artist who represented Philadelphia, so by combining the two , the world was slowly introduced to illadelp. However, when he returned back to the states, his dream of being the music industry slowly died, but the fire to record and write remained.

Just when he was done dreaming about getting his music heard, In 2011, he reconnected with a former Strawberry Mansion classmate, Charron Monaye, who took an interest in his music and pushed his dreams forward.