Jilla, New Chapter Writing Itself


“I want to inspire people to be themselves and if my music is the fuel that drives them, then my job is done.”

Considering himself an artist rather than a rapper, Jilla has the future of music in the palms of his hands bringing a refreshing sound and energy to the culture of Hip Hop. Raised in Rockford, Illinois he found his spot in Rap by the end of his senior year of high school and enrolled in Jackson State University, a predominately black institution, because of its rich culture and history. It was during college that he networked with other artists and relied on a grassroots approach to promote his new found hobby. However, college wasn’t in his storyline and he dropped out due to financial reasons leading to connecting with longtime friend Tim Ferguson.

Under Ferguson’s Flexkamp Entertainment imprint, Jilla released his freshmen project Welcome to Planet Swag in the summer of 2007 with an outcome of limited reviews. Not one to be discouraged, he stepped back into the studio to perfect his sound. 2008 saw the release of Tunnel Vision and his single Tonight gained heavy rotation giving Jilla the buzz he sought culminating in his first promo tour. Along his performance path he opened for Flo Rida, Juicy J, and DJ Unk providing Jilla the experience of big crowds and the energy they bring.

After the manager/artist relationship ended with Ferguson, Jilla went out to take over his city and in December 2013 he released his junior project Success Conscious that is considered his best work to date boasting smooth track with straight-to-the-point lyrics. With a new chapter writing itself before his eyes, his club friendly record Doubt That (2014) showed that he had a different style yet to be displayed. With a relationship built with Chicago promoter ShowCase of H3 Entertainment, the single and EP I Am Jilla hit the streets of The Windy City making it his biggest record and landing him a performance spot at SXSW (2015). Jilla’s currently gearing up to drop his new single FTBN.

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