Interview with iLL-Matter

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Warren Peace (WP)-
What’s good, everyone? Warren Peace here, and I’m about interview iLL-Matter. After making an appearance on Grind Mode Cypher and releasing his “iLLest EP”, iLL-Matter is looking to make waves in hip hop. I’ve got some questions for this up-and-coming artist.
How’s it going, iLL-Matter? I begin these interviews with the same three questions to break the ice- Where are you from? Who were your first influences in hip hop? And what’s the hip hop scene like where you’re from?
iLL-Matter-
Yo man, I’m good. I feel like, I gotta say this so, its good to be here hahaha. By the way, congrats on getting in the top 100 blogs! (THANK YOU!- Warren Peace) I’m was born in Elgin, Illinois raised in Woodstock, Illinois. It’s a small town like.. An hour and a half from Chicago. And I got a lot of family out there so I’ve spent a lot of weekends up there hahaha. I was highly influenced by a lot of 90s and early 2000s hip-hop. Mainly MCs like Eminem, Big Pun, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Biggie (of course), Meth and Redman, Big L… it’s an extensive list man. But I listen to a lot of newer artist too like, Kendrick, Snow Tha Product, Cole, Joey Badass, old Drake hah, and Joyner Lucas. Where I come from the scene is pretty dead. I mean, there’s probably less rappers than I can count on both hands. And even less good ones if I’m being completely honest. But that’s just a product of not surrounding themselves with people that’ll push em to be better.
WP-
What’s the history behind the name ‘iLL-Matter’?
iM-
Well, I had like… 3 other stage names. But the way I settled on “iLL-Matter” was a combination of my state “iLL” (Illinois) and my name “Matter” (Mateo). Hopefully I don’t find myself changing it again but you never know hahaha.
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WP-
You we’re featured in a video for Grind Mode Cypher. Can you tell everyone how that happened and what that experience was like?
iM-
That was crazy. It was held over at Navy Pier in Chicago. I didn’t have a ride all the way there so I took a train from Woodstock to downtown Chicago and from there I had to walk to the Pier. It was HELLA hot that day and on top of that, I took the wrong street so it took me longer to get there. But I finally did, met Lingo and his peoples. The security were acting up too hahaha. Some people was late but we finally got set and it was overall a dope experience. Good vibes and got to meet and connect with some great MCs. I definitely recommend it for any talented artist to build a buzz off that.
WP-
Is the iLLest EP the first project you’ve released? What did you want to accomplish with this EP?
iM-
No. I have released two mixtapes previously (“The Perspective” and “What Comes Before”) which were received well amongst my fan base. As far as what I wanted to accomplish, I kinda lacked on that. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with this project. I knew that I wanted to put my name out there and show people where I was at musically.
WP-
Do you feel the current state of hip hop is in a good or bad place? Can you explain why you feel that way?
iM-
I feel like hip-hop is good. Obviously we got artists that… I wouldn’t necessarily consider good or even listenable but, mostly there’s fantastic artist out there who simply just don’t get the recognition they deserve. If you ask me what’s the cause, I’d partially blame the consumer. We decide what we purchase and what we put out there. Labels and radio are just feeding us exactly that. But I feel mainstream hip-hop is back to a place where to it should be. These newer “trash” or “mumble” artist are just following a trend instead of longevity. It’s cool if you listen to that but, they can’t touch a Kendrick or a Cole or a Joyner or any veteran artist.
WP-
Very well put… Why did you become a hip hop artist? What do you want to accomplish as a hip hop artist?
iM-
I just wanted an outlet at first. I wanted a voice. I felt I had and still have something to say that I feel needs to be heard. It was just me and my cousins just playin around with the pen and paper. I’m very competitive too. Now, I just want my voice to get heard. I want to be one of the greatest. I want to be able to say I make music full time and live comfortable enough (off of music).
WP-
What’s next for iLL-Matter?
iM-
Currently, I’m in the process of recording my next project. An album. People may think that I shouldn’t be making an album yet but, that’s what it is. I got a mixtape that I’m working on the side as well. As well, as several visuals being planned and soon to be recorded. One dropping as early as next month. Just really putting in work.
WP-
That’s awesome. I love hearing about an artist’s drive… Before we end the interview would you like to tell everyone where they can find you on social media? Do you have a website? Where can everyone find your music online?
iM-
Yo y’all can holla at me over at http://www.itsillmatter.com on all social media @itsillmatter. For music as well just @itsillmatter. I appreciate the love homie. And also, I wanna let any artist know that’s checking interview out to keep grinding to the max and if you ever need to get something reviewed or anything really that involves music, hit up The Write Reviews. Definitely a great service.
WP-
Thanks for the love, bro. We will be following iLL-Matter’s journey, believe that! We’re out of here like Donald Trump’s approval rating. One!

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