23 yrs old.
Resides Where Dreams Never Dies.
Free Thinker That Has Been Judged Since The Day Of My Birth. Giving Insight To Things Talked About,But Not Discussed.
Live Your Life….
Now a days, it’s like people only get into relationships for the relations(sex)..when I was coming up, a relationship was more than the relations(sex)..it was about the bond that started with a friendship..then became more than a friendship..it became a romance..which involves dating,hugs,kisses and a girl’s favorite..cuddling. Once the romance got stronger..then the relations(sex) would come into play. But now relationships are starting to be all about the sex? I don’t know..is it just me or are ppl seeing this? I have seen this so many times..matter of fact, it has happen to me..this how I feel..so give me your thoughts, if you feel the same or different PEOPLE! FEEL THE VIBE! GET LIVVE!!!!!!!
Sorry for being late..my lateness helps no one! Not even my self..
This is somethinng people shouldn’t make it a habit. Because I was late, no one got to read my post. Who knows? My post could have help somebody thru something. Oh well, we will never know. I must strive to do better! With that being said, you have felt the vibe..now GET LIVVE!!
￼ If you go traveling to the open mics or search YouTube…You will hear my next interviewee, Andre Saunders…A young man with a nice flow and a positive message. Not only is he a good rapper, hes also a great poet. So read on as I found out more about Mr. Saunders… L.I.V.V.E:When did you become a poet/singer/rapper and how long have you been a poet/rapper? A.Saunders:I’ve been writing raps since 7th grade, writing poetry since 9th grade. But in all,I didn’t take music serious until 11th grade and I am 20 now so since then. L.I.V.V.E:How did you get into rapping and poetry? A.Saunders:I got into rapping just playing around with my friends. I remember before school,we would go to my cousin’s house and he would play some beats and I would freestyle while he pressed record on the computer. As far as poetry I remember my uncle showed me a video of this poetry group and I thought one of the girls was pretty so I wanted to join in hopes of meeting her, which I did. L.I.V.V.E:Who are your inspirations in rap & poetry? A.Saunders:My inspirations are the people and situations I have encountered throughout my life. My art is so honest, sometimes honest to the point where people may take offense. For example in my music I talk about past relationships and the way I present the material is so personal that it sometimes it makes the person who its about uncomfortable. I don’t do it intentionally its jus I have to be completely honest in order to connect with my audience. Also Lauryn Hill, 2Pac, Kanye West, Drake and a few others inspire me. The feelings and emotions their able to get across is amazing. L.I.V.V.E:What do you try to portray with your raps & poems?…Are you trying to teach something with your music & poetry? A.Saunders:I just portray my thoughts, my feelings, emotions and myself. Words are powerful so I just try to use them to the best of my ability. I try to provide something positive to others and invite listeners into my world. L.I.V.V.E:How do you come up with the ideas for your raps & poems…Do you have to be in a certain mood or are they make through what you see around you? A.Saunders:I try not to write unless I’m inspired that way it’s honest as possible and I’m giving listeners to best work I can give them. Sometimes the music will inspire me to go in a certain direction other times I might just write what my heart tells me to. My writing processes varies, sometimes ill write to music, sometimes I’ll write without music and sometimes I don’t write I’ll jus record like a Jay Z or Lil Wayne. L.I.V.V.E:Your last single “In the Wild”…Hot song btw…Where did the idea for it come from? A.Saunders:Thanks man I appreciate that. It actually isn’t a single I sometimes just put music out for the listeners in anticipation of my project coming soon. But the idea for it came from me just wanting to give people a straight to the point and lyrical freestyle plus I liked the beat. Sometimes I feel underrated in my city to the general public so I wanted to put something out expressing that. Sometimes people’s first impression of me is inaccurate so I switch it up to show them diversity. L.I.V.V.E:Which do you prefer: Rapping or Poetry? A.Saunders:To me rap is poetry. Well the kind of music I make. I make this kind of music intentionally so that I don’t have to hear the rap to poetry comparisons. A true artist has no boundaries. L.I.V.V.E:What genre of music do you prefer when you are rapping? What form of poetry do you prefer? A.Saunders:I don’t really have a pick as long as it sounds good. I make hip-hop, rnb, rock I even throw pure poetry on some of my music. ￼ L.I.V.V.E:Which would you rather do: Open mics or Music Videos? A.Saunders:Between those two, I probably would rather do music videos. It’s a big difference between an open mic and a show so that would be a different question. If that were the case it would be a show because it allows me to open up my heart directly and personally to listeners for the few minutes instead of them watching from a screen. L.I.V.V.E:What do you think of the other rappers and poets in the city? A.Saunders: There are a few that I like. As far as rappers I like Chill Moody, Bok Nero(of BlondeGang), Aquil, Gilbere Forte, just recently became a fan of Lee Mazin. Probably a few that I forgot to mention. I think there are artists that deserve more credit than they get but goes unnoticed too many times. L.I.V.V.E: Are there other artists musically and poetic wise, that you would want to work with? A.Saunders:As far as Philly artist I would work with Chill Moody, I think we would come up with something great. Lee Mazin because I think she’s diverse. Somebody that I just came across that I like is Jay Saif I like that he sings and raps. I would work with Lyrispect she is a great poet. I’m willing to work with anyone who has a creative mind and similar vision. L.I.V.V.E:Being so busy with your music and poetry,what do you like to do in your freetime? A.Saunders:I like to just hang out with my friends and family, watch TV, and play basketball. I listen to a lot of music. I like to have meaningful conversations lol even though I can be a very playful person. I’m single so I like to meet new women as every guy does. ￼ L.I.V.V.E:Do you have any other talents you are good at? A.Saunders:Yes, I am an artist period. I draw, paint and all that kind of stuff. Just a creative person all around. L.I.V.V.E:Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years? A.Saunders:Hopefully as a successful person. Not meaning money and fame but whatever God’s plan for me is. I want to be able to have myself and loved ones in a better position. I think within that time not only will I have a deal but I’ll be impacting people’ lives for the better. L.I.V.V.E:Do you have any advice for inspiring rappers and poets in the city? A.Saunders:Just to keep working and believe in yourself and your talent. Be yourself and not try to fit into a standard. L.I.V.V.E:Are there any projects from you, that we should be on the look out for? A.Saunders:My project “Restless Dreams” will be out this spring. It’s a great project that I’ve been working hard on. It has great music and will open many eyes and hearts. Of course I’ll be doing shows and continuing to put out new music and videos until then along with a few other things I’m working on. L.I.V.V.E:For more info on Andre,his music and his poetry: add him on Facebook (Andre Saunders)https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000449836568 Like the fan page (Andre Saunders Fan Page)https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andre-Saunders-Fan-page/127474383989880 Follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/AndreS_1220 NOW YOU ARE AWARE…FEEL WITH THE VIBE…GET L.I.V.V.E!!!!
There’s only disconnect…with a snap of a bottle pop…we are done before we could ever be one…what started as a race to beautiful bliss…ends with a miss and a cold kiss…feelings disappearing like lost without a trace…There’s only disconnect..love between a son and his mom’s…now gone due to society’s strains and her past torn…she’s divided by her heart’s war…now lives within her son’s core…his tears pouring over him like rain to the earth..looking for love..only to find no face..There’s only disconnect..Raised in Life’s virus…but brought up in a church..taught about the Light & Living Water..only to allow Pain to fade him to the black…Wounds treating him to a hole of lost thoughts…climaxed with One Night, a night remembered as reminder to LIVVE long and succeed…now in D.C, time to decree..Society with all your doubletalk & emotion killing seeds…Independence has given me feed…I have gotten my Connect…Now Check-Mate!
￼ This is a interview I did b4 I left Philly…some saw this already..but the ones who didn’t…here it is
In Philadelphia, It’s hard to be Liberian…let alone the son of a Liberian…but unlike other Liberian children…Phil “IllPhill” Dahn didnt run away from his heritage…He channeled his feelings about his culture, life,etc into words…those words that have turned into good music…The limit are endless on this up coming rapper… L.I.V.V.E:When did you start rapping and how long have you been? IllPhill:Well,I’ve been rapping for two years now. I started in September of 2010. I lie to you not,I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Because music was just an idea I wanted to explore for fun & I was told I was great with words…so I wanted to give music a shot and see what it would turn into. L.I.V.V.E:What’s the motivation behind your music..what keeps you rapping? IllPhill:The motivation behind my music is to tell a story to the world about how I see things from my perspective. I believe each individual in this world has a purpose. And each individual has their own take on what goes on in the world today. What keeps me going is trying to relay a positive message to all of the listeners. I truly believe a vast majority of the things we view and hear in the media are false. So that’s where I believe I come in, to help shine light on the truth. L.I.V.V.E:I hear you…that’s great…we need more positive messages in this world…But how did you come to be known as “IllPhill”? IllPhill:Thanks man, and yea, we sure do. Man, It was like pulling teeth to come up with my stage name. I wanted something that had edge but also had a part of me represented me in the name. I looked at it as Jekyll & Hyde,believe it or not. I went as far as calling my self PeaKo,which meant rising to new “peaks” “knocking out the competition”,yea I got deep with that one haha. But the name “ILLPHILL” came rather easily after some delibration. I wanted to keep my real name but add an extra “L” to it and needed something that represented my lyrical skills, “ILL” and at that moment, “ILLPHILL” was born haha. L.I.V.V.E:What do you think of the music in the city? IllPhill:I think the music in the city is great. There so many talented artists right now in Philly that I think deserve mainstream attention. The culture of music in Philly is changing everyday so its only right to shed lights that’s going on here. I lik Chiddy Bang, their one of my favorite bands and also Lee Amazin. Philly has talent man, mad talent for real. L.I.V.V.E:Yea…Philly sure enough is…that why I’m gonna help shine the light on our musically diverse city…What makes you different from the other rappers in the city? IllPhill:Yea,you most definitely got to do that. Ouite honestly,I think every artist is different in their own way. Each has their own style and tendencies that attracts an audience respectively and the same goes for me. For starters,my family is from Liberia which is on the west coast of Africa. So as fate would have it,I am Liberian and proud of it. The market for African musicians let alone rappers is rather small and I’m amongst that small majority trying to help make us known. Now my style is different. I can rap in Liberian English called “Koloquah” Liberian genre Hipco. I can also rap in American genres like HipHop and R&B. I can pretty much any style of music because I’m open minded. I much respect to my Liberian brothers out here in Philly. Artists such as Yund Ward, Bucky Raw,Rawpekin,Jay Supreme, and many others like myself helping to pave the way for future African musicians in Philly. L.I.V.V.E:I sure enough will…because Philly’s musicians are not all the same and like you said…they all tell different stories and their stories need to be heard…speaking of Rawpeakin,how did y’all get to be on the same label…Greenlight Records? IllPhill:Well Raw,as I now call him, we met during the summer of 2011 through a mutual friend, a young and upcoming director named Deman Wilmos Paul by a way of his company Dream Reacher Flix. Paul was working on one of Raw’s videos and called over to their meeting spot for a look at the video and that’s how we met. We clicked right off the bat,shared the same interest like making music and putting Liberia on the map. So he asked me to be on three of his songs and the rest is history. He liked what I displayedand proposed that I sign with his independent record label,Greenlight Records. So I signed wtith them(Greenlight) in October 2011and we’ve added two more artists to our label since then…Lady L & Weekie Jah.
L.I.V.V.E:Cool..I’m loving what you all are doing…keep it up! How did you come up with the last couple of hits you put out? IllPhill:Yessir! Shout out to you too man. Keep doing your thing highlighting artists. Its well appreciated #Salute…
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So after a long sabbatical and working for people who gave me raw deals…Get LIVVE IS BACK AND IT’S HERE TO STAY!! SO GET READY TO FEEL THE VIBE AND GET LIVVE!!