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Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, serving 12 years reaching the rank of Sergeant. Stationed in Okinawa, Japan in 2002, he connected with Mark Thompson who ignited his thirst for music and recorded, “illadlep” and “False Prophet”. He adopted the stage name “illadelp” because he viewed himself as one of the illest artist who represented Philadelphia. Combining the two, the world was introduced to illadelp. Returning back to the states, his dream of being in the music industry slowly died, but the fire to record and write remained. Just when he was done dreaming about getting his music heard, he reconnected with Charron Monaye, who pushed his music forward.
Since then, illadelp has recorded countless number of music, worked with various indie artist and has his music in rotation on both internet and satellite radio, and performed at numerous open mic’s. He has also performed at The Coast2Coast mixer in Atlanta, The Shed in Atlanta, The iStandard industry mixer in Washington DC. Has Auditioned for The Voice in Atlanta and New York. Illadelp has also performed at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia PA in front of over 17,000. He has had his music submitted twice for the Grammy Awards, he is also an actor in an independent film called Tri-Angles Directed by Lady Slem CEO of Major Skillz Entertainment which is in production. He released a mixtape entitled “I’m Ready” host by Dj Truuf, which can be found on Datpiff.com and has received over 24,000 downloads. His Music has also received placement on other mixtapes as well. Coast2Coast Top indie 50 where he placed in the top ten, along with two other mixtape placements sponsored by Coast2Coast mixtape CEO Lil Fats. Philly More Artist Than Fans hosted by global Grind, Hip hop Ressurrection hosted by Dj Genous, Converse All-star Mixtape Hosted by dj Truuf. Nuthin but Bars hosted by Dj C-Rock and released his second mixtape entitled, “Two One Five” which can also be found on datpiff.com. Illadelp also is being considered for a Grammy nomination for song of the year. For his song” Living, Loving, Laughing my way through” the lead track for the spoken word CD of Charron Monaye called Living, Loving, Laughing my way through. In addition, his music was selected to be played in the stage plays, “Living Your Life” written by Charron Monaye. All of Illadelp’s music is written and performed by him. Finally releasing his first single Father’s Love featuring Kismet Henderson. He is also working on a book of poetry called Gumbo of Love. On January 1, 2013 He embark on a new career as a radio personality on SoundwavezRadeo.com which plays music from indie artist from across the globe, and now is the newest radio personality for MSERADIO.COM he is also a Host for UrbanSociety showcase Mixers. Illadelp is also very active with today’s youth. He is currently touring schools spreading the message on how important education is. Illadelp is determined to leave a successful legacy for his four beautiful daughters. Unique, Cherish, Kylese and Jordan. If you ask Illadelp for a word that would encourage the heart’s of other indie artist. He would say ” Know who you are in God. Stand on the promises of God. Remembering you can do all things through Christ that strengthens you. Never ever give up! Pressing to greatness fuels the life line of success. “