Born in the era where battle rap reigned, iLL Chris has made a name for himself with his witty punch lines & strong hustle. Born & raised as a military brat in Oklahoma & Virgnia, L picked up influences from early 90’s hip hop from his older brother. After moving to the West Coast, L hit the scene with high gear winning multiple notable emcee battles where he was accepted as a ranked contestant for the “MTV MC Battle” in New York. After once again relocating to Seattle, WA after high-school, iLL Chris aligned himself to the then still unrecognized music scene in the Northwest with his “King Of Seattle Battle” win which was hosted by “106 & Park” champion Jin.
Over the last 2 years, Chris has displayed a stellar track record of songs & performances along the West Coast opening for notable acts such as Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Big Sean, Mac Miller, & many more. With cameos in Mackelmore’s “Thrift Shop” video & “Coolin With The Coolest” featuring Sir Michael Rocks, iLL Chris is easily identifiable by five words “AHH HE GOT THE VELCROS“. With highly publicized mixtapes & EPs such as the ‘iLL Chris Project‘ & his most recent ‘Bolo Tape‘ (which received over 45K downloads on AudioMack & close to 10K purchases on iTunes. With mentions from top websites such as 2DopeBoyz, NahRight, DJBooth, AllHipHop, & XXL, Chris’ projects have reached over 100K downloads.
Chris is back & returns with his newest visual, “Hell Up In Harlem (Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down Freestyle)”, featuring Smoke DZA & Leezy Soprano and all three go in over a legendary Bad Boy classic.