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ILLIMON “THE FUSION OF R&B, POP, & HIP-HOP” Every once in a while there comes along an artist who has so much substance and swagger that they effectively change the Hip Hop/ R&B norm. The lyrics they sing and the mesmerizing street stories they tell allow us to recognize their credibility and worth to the music industry. With both unique singing vocals and extraordinary Hip Hop lyrics, ILLIMON attracts and holds your attention like no other. ILLIMON has a distinctive sound that is created by combing R&B, Pop, and Hip-Hop. His creative style differentiates him from being comparable to today’s competition, there’s no questioning why he is here to lead.
ILLIMON (Delanoe Johnson) was born in Detroit Michigan to Joy Rochelle Potts on September 10. He was adopted at the age of 2 by a warm and welcoming family to whom he claims he was blessed to have found. It was this very humble beginning that he accredits his sense of humor and his love and appreciation for music of all genres. He was raised on the Westside of Detroit’s seven mile where crime, drugs, sex, and struggles were always present out in the streets. De'Lanoe is no stranger to the harsh realities of life, though this is true he assures us he was protected by the love and support of his parents, who introduced him to the music of Motown. “As a kid, I experienced many pains, made plenty of mistakes, went through struggles and tough times, but whenever my pops turned on some old school music the worries went away, I wouldn't trade my life for anything” states De'Lanoe. “I want my music to make people feel good and be inspiring, I want that kid who is lost to be found through my music and know he or she is not alone. My goal is not just go platinum, but that would be cool.” Not impressed by the money or fame, De'Lanoe is more dedicated to getting his music to the people. “The move to Georgia wasn’t a plan for me to do music, it just kind of started happening, my soul yearned for expression and I found it through my music talents” claims De'Lanoe. “My father always taught me to be a great original and not some cheap copy of another person. So I’ll never duplicate another artist’s style or swagger in my music. My Music is my Truth.” Determined to commit to these great words of wisdom, De'Lanoe operates on the dedication to keep his music True to him for his audience. Inspired by music Pioneers like Michael Jackson, James Brown, Temptations, Jay-z, Usher, and M.C. Hammer; it goes without saying he is the creator of a diverse craft. He was first introduced to the music industry by Atlanta producer Drum Majors in 2008 to whom he accredits with the birth of his “Swag”. When asked about his relationship with Drum Majors, De'Lanoe responded, “I remember I would chill with Dre and he would just play tracks all day, I couldn’t help but try n say something on them, he was the first one to see something in me I didn’t see in myself, he put me in a studio and told me I could make hits, That’s my nigga 4 life”. Soon after meeting Drum Majors De’Lanoe landed an artist development deal with Winner Music under the name “Prince Lano” where he learned the “ins and outs” of his artistic capabilities and also spent time performing his single “naked” in the Atlanta local club circuit along. The relationship with Winner Music ended due to unforeseen circumstances, and De’Lanoe states the he is very grateful for the opportunity winner music provided.
Now fully Developed De’Lanoe feels that his time is now. “My musical focus is fun, topics dealing with women, fashion, style, partying, and life’s struggles, and just fun!! My ultimate goal is to create good vibes throughout the world, I feel like nobody can tell you what you can’t do, I want my sound to be Liberating, there is a large population that have yet to realize the truth. I plan to expose it through my music.” Claims De’Lanoe. Upon the first 10 seconds of listening to his music it’s clear to see that his original sound relates to more than just the ear. In fact, it stands alone in an industry that has become predictable. He uses his Detroit roots and Atlanta’s fresh new sound to fuse his R&B, Pop, and Hip-Hop skills that create a music product that will be unique, respected, and appreciated for years to come. Surrounded by artillery that includes, top notch music producers, a loyal “Illiverse” squad, and a team of skilled engineers, De'Lanoe is positioning himself to find his seat at the table of the music industry. Currently focused on bringing his new style to the forefront through live performances, record pools, and radio play. For this rising star, it would be best to keep your eyes and your ears tuned into his music and witness a new generation of hit making.