Ione Drummond Williams (born December 10, 1992), known professionally as Blac Papi, is an American rapper from Philadelphia, PA. He is best known for his debut mixtape Twelve and also touring with American hip-hop star Cam'ron on The Program Tour as main support. Papi is unsigned.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Ione Drummond Williams was born December 10, 1992 in Philadelphia, PA. His father was in and out of his life growing up, so he was left to be raised by a single mother Danielle Fisher. Ione's love for music began early in his life, when his Uncle would play for him Biggie and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony . That would grow into a love for hip hop culture and artist like Young Jeezy, Tupac & Lil' Wayne, which made up some of his early musical influences. Williams was a good student in high school and even though he didn't care for traditional education he attended Delaware State University at the wishes of his mother. He dropped out after only a semester which would lead to him moving back to Philadelphia and several run-in's with law enforcement.
Papi first considered making music after freestyling for his longtime friend Reese, who unfortunately lost his life to the streets. "I just came to a point in my life where I didn't want to leave this earth without giving something I really wanted to do a try, said Papi in a 2017 interview with Hip Hop Since 1987
This only gave him more motivation to do something positive with his life. While beginning to take his music career serious after several run in's with the law, he formed a friendship with music industry veteran Marc Byers. Marc and his brother Sherman created Black Friday Entertainment & later in 2000 Rockstar Entertainment where they discovered and managed famous Philly artist Beanie Sigel & Eve. “We have a conversation about what someone is trying to actually accomplish,” Marc says. “Then we’ll go into our Rolodex and figure out what opportunities can help support where they are trying to go.”
Career[edit | edit source]
In 2017 he dropped his debut project "Twelve" on music platforms SoundCloud and later Apple Music. The project started simmering on the internet, landing him and interview with major Philly blog Hip Hop Since 1978. He stated then, that his goal was for his music was to uplift and motivate people.  Williams eventually assembled a team and jumped on The Program Tour as an opening act for Cam'ron. After the tour the performance didn't stop, opening up and sharing stages with major musical artist like 21 Savage, Young Jeezy, Trina & 2 Chainz. The song and music video for his latest single 10 Toes Down received close to a million views on Youtube and doing very well on Apple Music. He feels like this is the type of "record that people need" to stay motivated and hungry. 
Discography[edit | edit source]
Mixtapes[edit | edit source]
- Twelve (2017)
References[edit | edit source]
- HIPHOPSINCE1987TV (2017-06-05), Blac Papi Interview HHS1987 Exclusive, retrieved 2018-03-15
- "The Byers Brothers: "It's Not an Industry Town. It's a Talent Town."". JUMP: The Philly Music Project. 2015-08-27. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
- "Blac Papi - "10 Toes Down" (Music Video) | Rap Favorites". Rap Favorites. 2018-03-12. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
- Twelve by Blac Papi on Apple Music, 2017-09-04, retrieved 2018-03-15
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