I was going through my Gmail inbox earlier this morning, and cleaning up the junk music submissions, stupid PR trash, and old mail, when I thought, maybe I should open up a few that look intriguing and peep the track. I see, “Raheem Devaughn’s 368 Music Group Presents Phil Ade’ – “Hollywood” + BTS Photos and Video”, and I thought it would be a little interesting. And indeed it was.
Who is Phil Ade’?
“I’m an everyday person, rapping about everyday things for every day
of peoples lives…”
- Phil Ade
But DC rapper Phil Ade’ isn’t ordinary. A creative talent, to say
the least, he is poised to reign over the Nation s Capitol, releasing
his sounds on anyone who is smart enough to listen. Not focused on
cross-over appeal, Phil Adé’s easy-going subject matter and genuine
flow is a welcomed addition to the underground hip hop community.
Born Philip Adetumbi, Phil Ade’ comes from an interesting mix of
wordly culture. His Grenadian mother and Nigerian father made sure to
keep him close to his strong family heritage. Before settling in the
DC metro area, Phil Ade lived in California, Alabama and Florida
while his father took various positions in different cities. These
experiences, matched with the cultural influences that his parents
made sure to incorporate in his life, gave Phil Ade’ a valuable and
international outlook on the world around him.
Always a performer, Phil Ade spent his early years singing and
dancing for anyone who’d watch. He started rapping during his junior
year in high school, and the hobby soon morphed into a bonafide
craft. Phil Ade took notice, and like a true artist, started
studying the artform, paying close attention to the works of veteran
rap legends like The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye West and
Lil’ Wayne. Phil Ade found his own artistic identity and, with the
encouragement of close friends, noticed that his newly developed
talent could actually be a legitimate career. Fate stepped in and met
Phil s music hustle in January 2009 when a friend introduced him to
Tennyson “T” Richards, owner of Paper Boyz Management and close
friend to Grammy nominated recording artist, Raheem DeVaughn.
DeVaughn’s interest was immediately sparked when Phil Ade’ rapped for
Phil has earned the distinction of being the first artist signed to
DeVaughn’s DC-based independent label, 368 Music Group, which he
co-founded with DC talent manager/A&R Andre “Dre The Mayor” Hopson.
Phil Ade s grand introduction to the music industry couldn t have
come at a better time. His first major showcase was opening for
Interscope recording artist and fellow DC rapper, Wale, a worthy
accomplishment. Phil Ade recently finished his debut mixtape project
entitled, Starting on JV, which dropped July 10 and features guest
appearances from DeVaughn with production by Mark Henry and Dope
Sunny. His lyrics have been praised for not being common clichés that
we always hear on the radio.
As the rising star in a local music scene that has yet to receive
credit like other metropolitan cities (NYC, Atlanta, Miami), Phil
Ade’ is set to further bring attention to the Nation’s Capitol,
solidifying it as a major force in the country s hip-hop landscape.
But, in the meantime, he is staying humble and focused, working hard
to present his music to as many people as he can reach. Phil Ade’ is
constantly perfecting his craft and patiently waiting for his
official entry into the world of hip-hop.
It’s not every day that you get to experience a talent such as Phil
Ade’. Listen carefully and enjoy the ride!
Peep Phil Ade’s SINGLE: HOLLYWOOD [zshare]
“Hollywood” – Behind the Scenes Video: