J. Gillie, Elmhurst Since Birth

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Born in Kansas and hailing from Delaware, rapper J. Gillie (born Jonathan Gilmore) is a new artist with an old soul who is ready to let the world know his story and promote a return to realness in Rap culture. Raised by his grandparents in an attempt to escape his mother’s drug addiction and an unstable environment, J. Gillie was the subject of many legal battles as a child switching custody from his mother to grandparents and eventually being taken by the state. During this period, he listened to old school R&B with his grandmother, Michael Jackson with his aunts, and later was introduced to Hip Hop by his uncle. Through the struggles of his upbringing, Gillie decided that he would fight to create a better path for himself. A voracious reader, the rapper graduated high school with honors and later earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from King’s College in Pennsylvania.

After beginning to record himself in 2010, Gillie began referring to himself as a rapper by his sophomore year of college. Inspired by artists like Jay-Z, 2Pac, Nas, and The Roots, J. he fell in love with Hip Hop culture and these artists’ ability to say something meaningful in their music while still creating and maintaining a legacy. Throughout this period and after graduating college with honors, Gillie spent his days living with friends he met in college while creating great music and crafting his sound – a mix of 90’s era Hip Hop with a modern twist all presented with the artist’s signature sharp voice and special energy. Towards the end of his college experience, he began working with Christian “Cball” Ball who began managing the rapper and shooting music videos for him.

Since he began his career as a Hip Hop artist, Gillie has released several projects including his 2014 EP Elmhurst and his mixtape 5101 which has allowed the artist to gain a solid following on Soundcloud which rivals that of many major-label artists. His latest project Elmhurst Since Birth with notable single No Cosignz was released in the summer 2015. The project (the first under his new management) is expected to highlight all of the reasons that Gillie sticks out from the crowd, the mixtape’s unique sound functions as a reflection of the artist’s struggle. In addition Elmhurst Since Birth serves as a testament to his ability to use his movements to create more resources and facilitate his thoughts. Gillie is currently in Florida promoting the mixtape and setting up performances for the near future.

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