THE ELI616 INTERVIEW
Shot by @justinshootzWhat’s your story?
Born in Washington D.C & raised in Philly I always had a love for music, I just love how it made me and others feel, the way of making emotions into sound. My family always had musical talent but im the first to actually make moves with it but i didn’t start really taking it seriously till 9th grade. My sound wasn’t found until I graduated from High school and moved to NY, during that time I got away from just “rapping” and more into making actual music. Returning to Philly has me ready to keep growing and pushing myself as well as the artist around me.
What does the local music community mean to you?
The local music community means a lot to me there is literally a renaissance happening. I get pumped everyday just seeing all the talent come out of Philly from all art forms. People are generally being themselves and creating what they love, it’s beautiful to witness my city evolve like this.
Who are some of your biggest inspirations?
My biggest inspirations are Young Thug, Sade, Lucki, Earl Sweatshirt, Uzi, Yung Bans, & Prince.
What’s one thing about you that you think is misunderstood? What do people not know about you, or one thing you want people to know?
I think 90% of everything about me is misunderstood from the person I am to the music I make and it’s cool cuz i don’t even fully understand. I just know and I want everyone to know that there is only one ELi616 and I am art.
Shot by @tarjjani
Via Dolorosa is my most recent project it’s available on all streaming platforms, it has a sound for everyone tune in and you won’t be let down! I have 3-4 upcoming projects coming between now & 2020 so just wait for what i got coming.
Are there any artists you enjoy collaborating with the most? Are there any artists, local or mainstream, that you would love to collab with?
I loved collaborating the most with Fifthpower, Happysadguy, KNS, CRVSH, Curve4evr, Ian Mera, T$AN, & DEF. I love it when I don’t gotta put a limitation on what ima make with an artist. I want to collaborate with any other artist who won’t put a limitation on what we create ya feel me? We just hop in the booth & create art, I have a lot of music in the works with LiMM, CTrip, & Manny Mercury. As far as Mainstream, man there’s so many I would love to work with Young Thug, Uzi, Rico Nasty, Lucki, Pharrell, Ye, Bans, Frank Ocean, and Ski Mask.
Shot by @justinshootz
Via Dolorosa without question it really open doors for me.
Who else in our community do you think is Next Up?
Happysadguy, CRVSH,KNS, DEF, Curve4evr, Ian Mera, Nino6lack, Twlv.am & there’s a lot more. Philly is just bursting with talent, you guys posted a majority of it already.
Shot by @simoneruthhinton on filmWhat’s next for you?
Shit just working my ass off creating and evolving, I’m excited for everyone to witness everything thats finna come.