“Lucky You” Freestyle
“I sell ice in the winter, I sell fire in hell
I am a hustler baby, I’ll sell water to a well…"
You know the lyrics. You know the artist. These lines are more than just bars from the track, "U Don’t Know," off of the classic album, The Blueprint. These lines represent inspiration and motivation, and according to Illanoiz, those lines are from his favorite verse of all-time. And if u don’t know who Illanoiz is as you’re reading this final sentence of the opening paragraph, you’ll definitely get a better understanding of exactly who this new and standout rapper is.
Illanoiz, real name Parix Arias, born in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, and despite the connotation of the alias, has nothing to do with the state, rather, Chi McBride’s character, Illinois Gordon, cousin of Harlem mob boss, Ellsworth Johnson aka “Bumpy Johnson.”
Illanoiz is far from a rookie in the music scene. He began his journey in music at the age of 13. Raised by his grandparents and uncle Deebo, who he relates to, “more like a big brother,” gave him his first opportunity on a chance invitation to a studio session one particular evening.
“I wrote a 16-bar verse. I didn’t know how to count bars, but I wrote a perfect 16-bar verse… He was loving it. I was 13 at the time. Took me to the studio and made me part of their group.”
PHI, “Pure Hustlers Indeed,” was the name of Uncle Debo’s group, and now he had just become its newest member. After recording his first official record with the group, titled, Servin’ Base, the reception he received was overwhelming.
“I was hyped, everybody in the hood was hyped… I came up in BedStuy… there was one other Hispanic family on the block, you understand what I’m sayin’… I surprised everybody, it was fire, and everybody was excited. That’s when I knew what I wanted to do. That was passion. I’ve always loved music. But creating it, that was a different ballgame for me.”
As Illanoiz’s passion and determination to create music grew, his interest in schooling declined. Finding himself landing on In-House suspension. Ever the resourceful individual, Illanoiz was able to turn a potentially negative situation into a progressive one, with one of the In-House suspension teachers owning his own studio. “I told him I can rap, I ended up starting to work with him… at that point, I rather be in In-House Suspension, so I could build with him on this music thing.”
After deciding to focus on music, Illanoiz chose to drop out of school during his Junior year. During this time, he had also found himself delving into the streets. Making music and drug dealing became Illa’s life. After a split with his Uncle Deebo, Illanoiz chose to focus primarily on the street life. The hardships of that life caught up to him eventually and was sent to prison on a gun charge. Around the same time, his best friend was shot and killed. Sitting in prison with nothing to do but thinK, it was within his own mind that Illanoiz decided that music was what he really wanted to do.
Once free and loaded with a clearer focus on a career in music, as well as, two daughters, Ileana and Iliyah, Illanoiz set his sights on providing a prosperous and positive life for his family: Mature. He’s older, wiser, more mature; With a strong determination to make waves in music, Illanoiz is ready to take, not just the rap world, but the entire music world by storm. With the release of his latest single, "Down," you will, no doubt, see and hear why Illanoiz is gonna be the next big thing!
“I was young, you know what I’m sayin’; Running the streets, all I wanted to do was trap. I would limit myself as far as creating different sounds, using my voice as an instrument now rather than just rapping… just touching on different topics. This is me, you gonna take me for who I am and that a part about being a real person”