African American singer, producer, and entrepreneur
Jonathan Gabriel Wills (born April 26, 2000), known professionally as J. ills, is an African American singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, podcast host, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and owner of a record label called, Real Lion Entertainment Inc.
- 1 Early Life
- 2 Career
- 3 Music releases
- 4 Military
- 5 Music Influences
- 6 Artistry
- 7 J. ills World (Podcast)
- 8 Awards
- 9 Personal Life
- 10 Other Attributes
- 11 References
Early Life[edit | edit source]
J. ills grew up in Columbia, South Carolina where he went to Ridge View High School. At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Army National Guard with his parents' consent, to build a better future and get away from problems at home. After graduating from high school, J. ills arrived for his Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Jackson, where he spent six months undergoing BCT/AIT testing for his physical and mental abilities.
Career[edit | edit source]
J. ills started working on his music at 15 years old and joined the Army National Guard when he was 17. He started producing his music after graduating from Ridge View High School (Columbia, SC). He then founded a record label called, Real Lion Entertainment Inc., under which he has released 5 mixtapes. J. ills’ music focuses on hip hop, rap, poetry, hardcore rap, R&B, pop rap, dramatic and trap, with some of his biggest influences being, Jay-Z, Eminem, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Michael Jackson, P!nk, Rihanna, Schoolboy Que, Jon Conner, Denzel Curry, Dr, Dre, and Mozart. He is also known as Army Boy, Jills1Savior, and ill$.
In late 2018, J. ills announced that he had two upcoming singles called, Giraffe and The Ruga. He also has an EP called, The End, which has been extremely successful in a short period. J. ills is popular for his independent music style. He produces, writes, and edits his albums and music videos. His music and podcast, J. ills World, are available on various streaming services including, Apple Music, iHeart, Player.fm, Beaker, Spotify, Google Play, and Sound Cloud. He is also available on PayPal and SubcribeStar.
The J. ills World podcast is a form of entertainment for his fans and also gives them an insight into the audio recording. African American Recording Artist J.ills with is hype, lyrical, aggressive flow makes him a unique artist. With a new style of genre, he calls poetriality to show a more poetic feeling into the musical genre. He's been perfecting his craft since the age of 15 and has been trying to find new inspiration for his music. His loud and well-spoken words make different from today's artist. He wanted to make sure to drop multiple mixtapes so everyone would know about his musical gift. Everyday practicing his flow and delivery is what makes him better at rapping with his delivery, but not just with his lyrical flow. His poetic feeling to the music is different from any artist that has existed in the music industry. At the age of 17, he was already making moves to get his name out there without a major record label helping him. His own record label Real Lion Entertainment is what he owns.
Music releases[edit | edit source]
2014-2015: Hell of a Life[edit | edit source]
The first mix-tape produced by J.ills. He started the production of hell of a life when he was 14 years old while attending Ridge View High school. He managed to make 12 soundtracks including his single "The Ruga." When J.ills started off the production of this album, he talks about releasing a lot of anger and frustration into his music. Growing up as an average "middle-classed" individual, things took a toll on J.ills due to being socially awkward and considered being weak. He was bullied a lot by many people and criticized by peers. The songs on the hell of a life were the reflection on J.ills past life. He still embraced being different even though didn't like him. The melodies and instruments used on the soundtracks show an aggressive side of J.ills.
2015-2016: Hell of a Life 2[edit | edit source]
This is the second mix-tape that continues the Hell of a Life Series produced by J.ills. When the production of Hell of a Life 2 started, J.ills wanted to try something new, and even with the cover art. He wanted it to be unique and different from the first mix-tape he created. Hearing some of the soundtracks on the album, J.ills made it clear that he wanted it to be unique. The unique and exotic style of the album shows his artistic ability as a musical artist.
2015-2016: Hell of a Life 3[edit | edit source]
Hell of a Life 3 is the third mix-tape added to J.ills Hell of a Life Series. The cover art on the mix-tape is very flashy, "money shower," that's what J.ills recalls it. J.ills wanted to do something that would catch the audience attention, and think of him as a serious artist. Including 12 soundtracks and his single "Giraffe." The vibes that are expressed on the soundtracks have something most musical artists don't have.
2016-2017: Hell of a Life 4[edit | edit source]
This is the fourth mix-tape produced by J.ills and added to his Hell of a Life Series. J.ills talks about this mix-tape and his future work will be better due to honing his craft as a musician. Aggressive Kicks, hard-hitting hi-hats, and the good melody were in J.ills mind with this album. Still attending high school, he created 12 soundtracks (like the other ones), and made sure that all of his songs could relate to the audience and his fans. During the production of hell of a life 4, J.ills went homeless due to his father and stepmother getting into a terrible dispute with each other. Eventually, J.ills was kicked out of the house since things got out of control with his two parents. Hell of a Life 4 related more to J.ills personal situations he was going through, and he wanted to make sure that his songs shared his emotions to his fans on a deep level.
2017-2018: Hell of a Life/ Final Days[edit | edit source]
Hell of a Life: Final Days is the last mix-tape produced by J. ills and the last addition to the Hell of a Series. J.ills talks about the songs having a lot more dark melodies and raw/eerie vibes. The songs on the album display a dark and hidden talent within J.ills musical style. Finishing the production of Hell of a Life: Final Days at the age 17 years old, and the same year he joined the Army National Guard.
2018-2019: The End[edit | edit source]
Last sequel to the Hell of a Life series. This is an EP consisting of 6 soundtracks that shows a change in the artist musical development.
Military[edit | edit source]
At the age of 17 years old (with parental consent), J.ills joined the U.S. Army National Guard hoping to have a better future since his personal life back home was getting out of control. J.ills managed to graduate from high school and was getting ready to be shipped for BCT (Basic Combat Training)/ AIT (Advanced Individual Training). When arriving at his BCT at Fort Jackson (J.ills hometown - "I could of took a uber to the base, lol" said by J.ills") J.ills said it was an experience he would never forget. Six rigorous/harsh/grueling months of BCT/AIT tested J.ills physical and mental abilities to overcome new challenges. Required to have certain Weapon Qual, and PT scores to complete the training to considered a soldier of the U.S. Army.
Music Influences[edit | edit source]
Eminem, Travis Scott, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Micheal Jackson, Logic, P!nk, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Denzel Curry, Schoolboy Que, Jon Connor, Dr. Dre, Mozart music, and many more.
Artistry[edit | edit source]
Developed his sound with an aggressive tone and unique beat patterns. Hooks that will keep you repeating and have you banging your head until it falls off. Started practicing rapping at a very young age, but didn't take it seriously until later on. Then he eventually started producing his beats. His passion for music would continue, and it became an obsession with him. His loud vocals, unique melody patterns, and music-making skills would be considered the most authentic music that has been heard from a musical artist.
J. ills World (Podcast)[edit | edit source]
The musical artist even seems to have his podcast called J.ills world, and it is available on all streaming platforms such as Google Play, Spotify, Breaker, etc. He wanted to give his fans some entertainment into audio recording, then creating into a platform where everyone can go to and enjoy. J.ills World Series consists of episodes talking about trending topics in pop culture. Fans can even support J.ills by giving money to him so the podcast can continue with updated topics. Some have labeled podcasting as a converged medium bringing together audio, the web, and portable media players, as well as a disruptive technology that has caused some individuals in the radio business to reconsider established practices and preconceptions about audiences, consumption, production, and distribution. Podcasts are usually free of charge to listeners and can often be created for little to no cost, which sets them apart from the traditional model of "gate-kept" media and production tools. Podcast creators can monetize their podcasts by allowing companies to purchase ad time, as well as via sites such as Patreon, which provides special extras and content to listeners for a fee. Podcasting is very much a horizontalmedia form – producers are consumers, consumers may become producers, and both can engage in conversations with each other.
Awards[edit | edit source]
- BCT Completion
- AIT Completion
Personal Life[edit | edit source]
J.ills likes to make music and is expanding his business to a whole another level. He is very busy researching many topics that he likes to read on different articles.
Other Attributes[edit | edit source]
Gifted with outstanding observational and communication traits. Adept at monitoring surveillance equipment, inspecting vehicles and conducting interviews. Capable of using weapons safely and coordinating with local, state and federal law conduct. Creative professional with the ability to adapt to changes quickly. Self-motivated and dependable while achieving high performance with minimal supervision. Experienced with excellent client and project management skills. Action-oriented with strong ability to communicate effectively with technology, word to mouth, and etc. J.ills being a musician & entrepreneur has taught him a lot of things, and has helped him as a professional Musical Artist. Also, such as military training and personal life experiences has helped him overcome obstacles/ seeing things differently.
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