- What is your name and what city do you rep?
-My name is Khalid Yazid and I go by the stage name Ill Leet. My stage name was derived from 3 different meanings: I have sickle cell anemia, "Ill" means 'cool' and 'tight' in this generation, and "Ill Leet" is a homophone of "elite" because I see myself as the best of the best. I rep my hometown Tampa, Florida.
- What is unique about you and your music?
-I always try to incorporate some type of relevance and story in my music. I feel like too much music nowadays is just about nonsense and has no meaning behind it.
-My music is mainly shaped by my life experiences or experiences that I have heard of that I know people will relate to. It is also shaped by many great artist before me such as Lil Wayne, Tupac, Eminem, OutKast, Jeezy, and more. I always felt their music on a personal level and now I try to include that in my own writings.
- When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
-I realized I was going to take my passion all the way when I got to my sophomore year in high school, I was about 15 years old. I am currently 19.
- What type of music do you listen to?
- I currently listen to artists like Kodak Black, Juice WRLD, Gunna, Lil Baby, and Foolio. I like listening to hype music and I like emotional/real music.
- Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
-Kodak Black. I feel like he is slept on because people try to categorize him as another "hood" or "mumble" rapper but I feel like that's certainly not the case. His music actually speaks to and touches people if they gave it a chance and actually sat down and listened.
- How do you prepare for your performances?
-I usually prepare by practicing in my room out loud or to a group of people such as family and friends.
- What ignites your (song) writing flow?
-First I try to feel out the vibe of the beat and see what emotion it touches on, then I write about whatever experiences I have had with said emotion. If it is a hype song I just try to think of bars that'll have people like "dayum!" I also draw inspiration from a good song I just heard that makes me want to write.
- What do you do when you don't do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
- I honestly don't have any other passion besides writing music because that brings the most joy to my life and is really the only thing I do. But if I had to name something else it would be developing my spiritual knowledge because I aspire to be a wise man and would like to be a person that people feel comfortable expressing their problems to because they know I would most likely have the answers.
- Success to you is... establishing a goal and doing whatever is necessary to achieve it. My success would be inspiring people to become better and to reach their full potential, whether it be through my music, my actions, or my advice.
- What do you wish you were told when you first started rapping that you think would help anyone recently starting artists out?
-It is not as easy as it seems and that you really need a plan of action if you plan on going big or taking it all the way. Also, don't be inspired by materialistic things such as money and fame, do it from the heart and follow your true passion, otherwise it's pointless.
-I currently do not have any projects in the works but I am working on some singles and I am planning to shoot more music videos soon. I am mainly focused on growing my fan base and planning on setting up my own record label when I get my bachelor's degree in music business which will be sometime next year.
- Where do we find you music / music project?
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