In preparation for his upcoming single release of 'Mental Collision', SupportArt label artist ILL Luminance dropped a teaser video that set Twitter on fire. Comment after comment has flooded the post with comparisons to Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. The song is amazing, and the story it tells even more so. We wanted the world to know more about our artist from New York. Not only his personal views, but we also wanted him to be the one to explain the story behind his upcoming single. View our Q&A with ILL Luminance below. Also stream all of his soundcloud releases as we prep him for major platform releases.
Q: What is the story behind the upcoming single?
A: "It is a tribute to my two deceased cousins, Jay and Harold. Jay used to rap for fun and inspired me to take it serious, and Harold worked on music also. I believe if he was still alive today, we would be making great music together."
Q: How did do the lyrics go in the song, and what do they get off your chest?
A: "The lyrics I wrote in this song were dedicated to each cousin seperately. The first verse is addressing the events that happened after I found out my cousin Jay was murdered. The second verse addresses my cousin Harold's murder. The entire track as a whole was meant to give my listeners a look into the reason I am so hard on myself and why I go so hard when it comes to making music."
Q: How do you feel your music can change the world?
A: "I feel as though my music can change the world one soul at a time and let other people know that they are not alone in their trials and tribulations. They need to know they have someone to relate to and sometimes even voice their story."
Q: You are also a graffiti artist, what got you started with that craft?
A: "I started doing graffiti after I watched the movie 'The Warriors'. I remember the part where Rembrandt tagged their name and Cleon called him the writer. The following day, I found an abandoned set of train tracks, and I followed the tracks into the tunnel to stumble upon a wonderful collection of underground graffiti where the trains no longer rumbled."
Q: How do you think you will help further set SupportArt apart?
A: "By using my creative talent to keep practicing and expanding my versatility as an artist. Also, just continue to grow with a team of support, love, and brotherhood. I also keep an open mind, and I am always willing to learn."
Q: Where do you see yourself a year from now?
A: "I see myself as a successful underground artist. I will also be in the process of getting my bachelors degree in music composition. I want to hone my craft as an artist and a rapper."
Q: What drove you towards the major of music composition, and what is your course load like?
A: "The fact that I have a passion for music that is only matched by my drive to make my family proud drove me towards music composition. A degree behind me is essential so no one can pull the wool over my eyes. My course load is filled with a lot of hands on learning experiences. Overall, it shows me that hard work fueled by dedication plus balance is required. Especially if Im going to balance a 9 to 5, college, and music."
Q: You just signed with a platform so close to leaving the 9 to 5 life behind. How will you as an individual remain humble while you and your team experience such success?
A: "I will never forget where I came from, and how hard I had to work for my success. I will always keep my eye on distinguishing the difference between 'making it' and 'made it'."
Q: What big moves do you have in store for 2019?
A: "I have so much new music that will be releasing. Im going to make a name for myself in the underground rap scene."
Q: Anything you would like to add before we conclude your SupportArt Q&A?
A: "I wish the whole SupportArt family nothing but health and wealth. I look forward to seeing us all success as a family unit."
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