iLLy We$tSide is a hip hop recording and performing artist hailing from San Diego, California. iLLy began rapping at nine years old, inspired by his eldest brother and Nas’ Illmatic. After high school, iLLy started his music career releasing his first mixtape in 2010 featuring production from Jive Records producer Ngage and TDE producer Tae Beast.
During this release and his next two, found on DatPiff, iLLy worked with New York based record company Str8fromdaGutta ENT under management. In 2016, iLLY is now working toward imprinting his latest release, We$tSide Dreams.
iLLy We$tSide – Bout It
In 2012, pending the end of his contract with Str8fromdagutta Ent, iLLy changed names from iLL Thought, to iLLy We$tSide to separate himself from the mass with a unique moniker. With this new name, came a fresh wave of new music for the young artist and finding a new captivating sound of his own.
iLLy’s ability to tell stories with a nonchalant delivery oppose to a more energetic and rugged tone complete with complex rhythms and smooth rhymes, sets him apart from other artist because of his versatility. Day to day life, current events, and past memories are key aspects that drive iLLy We$tSide into making music that teaches himself of the things he is presently absorbing.
iLLy We$tSide – Live Interview
“Until you want success more than you want sleep, you will never be the best!”