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Interview: Phil The Thrill

My favorite thing about talking to artists is just hearing how humble they really are and how much work they’re putting in to achieve their dreams. Hard work definitely does pay off. So last week, I was extremely fortunate to speak to an up-and-coming rapper from Virginia named Phil The Thrill, who has been releasing an EP a month for the past five months, garnering attention from XXL Magazine and SmokingSection.com. On October 25th, Phil will be concluding the series with a full-length mixtape entitled Barely Awake, which you can preview here.

Check out my full interview with Phil below.

Hey Phil, what’s up? How’s it going?

Phil The Thrill: Good, good, good.

I’ve just been reading about Steve Jobs. Man, that’s terrible.

Phil The Thrill: Crazy, crazy. I mean, they knew it was gonna happen eventually, but it was just all of a sudden it seems like.

Yeah… ah, the man’s a genius. So I hear you’re 22 years old and from Newport News, Virginia, is that correct?

Phil The Thrill: Yessir.

Actually, where have I heard of that place from? Is that…Michael Vick’s hometown?

Phil The Thrill: Yeah, yeah. Michael Vick, Allen Iverson.

Oh, okay. How’s the music scene there?

Phil The Thrill: It’s… pretty scattered. This area is known as Hampton Roads, the 757. I’m not sure how familiar you are with this part of Virginia but Missy‘s from here, Timbaland‘s from here, Pharrell‘s from here,The Clipse are from here. So yeah, we have a pretty crazy rich tradition as far as music goes. It just seems like they’ll move away and you know, it’s hard to really get them back to reach out to artists that are coming up now. But as far as tradition goes, we’re definitely on the map when it comes to music, period. And then 45 minutes up the road is where Trey Songz and Chris Brown are from.

Man, that’s nice.

Phil The Thrill: Yeah, man, it’s crazy.

So where did your rapper name, Phil The Thrill, originate?

Phil The Thrill: It’s actually been a name that’s stuck with me. It’s actually been my nickname since I was around twelve years old. I was an athlete playing basketball and football and you know, when little nicknames happen to you when you’re a kid… they’d just be like “Oh, Phil The Thrill!” It sticks and through high school, when everyone would have AIM screennames, I was like lemme use my nickname. It stuck with me then and when I went on to play college basketball, it stuck with me there. So it became my Twitter name and once it sticks, I’m not going to try to change that just because I’m doing music. It’s my nickname and what people know me as. (more…)

Adele Cancels US Dates to Rest Voice

Just after Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way took the top place on the charts over her 21Adele was diagnosed with laryngitis and her Otolaryngology specialist “determined it was imperative that she take the next few weeks to recover with absolute voice rest.” Following her doctor’s orders, Adele has now canceled the rest of her US tour dates, which will hopefully be rescheduled in the future.

You can see her 2011 tour dates after the break.

Adele 2011 Tour Dates:
06/03 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
06/04 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Theatre
06/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre
06/08 – San Diego, CA @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
06/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
06/12 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek
06/15 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
06/17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
06/18 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
06/20 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
06/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
07/07 – London, UK @ iTunes Festival
09/04 – Plymouth, UK @ Plymouth Pavilions
09/05 – Bournemouth, UK @ Bournemouth International Centre
09/07 – Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
09/08 – Blackpool, UK @ Empress Ballroom
09/10 – Wolverhampton, UK @ The Civic Hall
09/11 – Wolverhampton, UK @ The Civic Hall
09/13 – Leicester, UK @ De Montfort Hall
09/14 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy
09/16 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Apollo
09/17 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Apollo
09/19 – London, UK @ HMV Hammersmith Apollo
09/20 – London, UK @ HMV Hammersmith Apollo
09/22 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
09/24 – Ediburgh, UK @ Usher Hall
09/25 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
10/20 – Amsterdam, NL @ Heinken Music Hall

Adele Performs On Jimmy Kimmel

Adele recently performed current single “Rolling In The Deep” and “Someone Like You” on Jimmy Kimmel in support of her new album 21. Check out the two performances below.