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Meet Khail Elder of ILL LIL in Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Khail Elder.

Khail, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up, I was heavily influenced by old school R&B and Hip Hop but since found inspiration in Jazz, Soft Rock, Classical Music, and more. Music started out as a way to make friends in an environment where it was easier to make enemies. I was born in Cleveland (“The Land”). The second youngest of five, raised by a single mother. Started making music in elementary school where we would have rap battles. It was just something we did and I was good at it.

I moved from Cleveland to Florida halfway through high school and immediately went from knowing everyone to not knowing anyone. I joined the basketball team in the in FL as a way for me to make friends and prove to myself I could play basketball. I never owned a pair of Jordans nor did I know much about basketball but they accepted me. I started to think about my future and had finally settled on the fact that I was not really good playing basketball although being on the team was like being a part of a brotherhood, which I appreciated. Rapping for me teammates and classmates growing up really sparked the idea that I could make my music big one day. My friends believed in me and soon I did too.

Not knowing for sure how I could make a living out of music, I started recording every freestyle or idea until I had the opportunity to record in a studio. The traditional school setting was never for me so I started working to support my goal. It honestly comes naturally and I want to make music you can feel, not just something that sounds good. It has to be ‘ Timeless’. I moved here to LA last year and am looking to make a strong positive impact on everyone who listens to my music.

Has it been a smooth road?
Not smooth at all. I mentioned that I didn’t know how to make a career out of this and so I had to do a lot of learning and a lot of leaning on my family who is helping support my dream. Struggles with getting money together to pay for studio time or for beats to make music to as well as just trying to make sure the rent gets paid on time. That’s one of the reasons I decided to come out to LA, to work with my brothers and our family label, “Predominant Records”. We are all putting our energy together to make this dream a reality.

Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a musical artist. I make songs about all aspects of life and draw the lyrics and the feeling from my own personal encounters. I believe that the music I make really hits people and is relatable. I’ve been told that I make really catchy hooks and I think that’s because it is the glue for the song, you almost have to always get that part right in order to make the song whole. The thing that sets me apart from others is the life that I lived is unique to me, so while my experiences are relatable, they are mine and no one can put together the song the way I do because they haven’t lived my life in order to have the mindset I have when I’m being creative.

You can find my music on all streaming platforms (i.e. Spotify, Apple, Tidal, Youtube, etc.).

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
This is one of the best places to be. LA is definitely the hub for budding new artists. Some might say that it is over-saturated but I would respond saying that they need to focus on what makes them unique and not on what they think makes them similar to others. I think you should start out wherever you feel most comfortable making music and keep pushing that to the limit.

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Kendrick Clevor

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