Interview With Illya

IMG_5355HCM: Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a positive thinker, firm believer in good vibes and a higher power. Family oriented and Music is a part of my everyday thoughts.

HCM: When did you start making music and taking it serious?

I began to take it serious when I talked to some friends who have dealt with the industry told me I had what it took to become successful. That’s when I sought out my best friend as management because I knew he had the qualities and mindset to help get me there.

HCM: Who influenced you to become an artist? And why?

I’m a fan of many artists, it’s pretty much a tie between my brother who passed away and Jay-Z. I was always a avid fan of Jay-Z’s wordplay and how his music was relate-able to what was around me. My brother’s music had a obvious impact because I was exactly what we live. Him passing away was a wake up call for me to follow my destiny.

HCM: Would you prefer to be independent or signed to a major?And why?

Of course you would want to remain independent when you have an uncontrollable buzz and momentum but considering that I have a firm understanding of where I am in terms of buzz, I know that I haven’t reached a level of uncontrollable buzz and I have no problem saying that I will need the assistance of a label to power me to higher heights. When I am signed, it will be a positive to the label because I am definitely marketable, I can write music and provide the industry with a plethora of dope compositions.

HCM: What are you currently working on and where can fans go to find your music?

I’ve been slowly but surely working on my debut album for the last 2 years Called B.On.E.S. (Based On a Eastside Story). B.On.E.S. is a autobiographical project about my life and journey as a man from the eastside of Detroit. You can hear a few snippets and more music on my site at

For more information, contact:
Your Name: Rob Oden – Manager
Phone: 313 444 9272

Author: Mr. Hood Critic

Hood Critic Magazine was founded by Holland D. Witherspoon in Bossier City, Louisiana 2013. HOOD CRITIC MAGAZINE was created to cover up and coming unsigned independent artist.