BIG IL talks his music and being on ‘Empire’

BIG IL (*Photo by Eddy “Precise” Lamarre for Steed Media Service)

BIG IL’s bio reads: “In a place popularized by high crime rates and cultural misconceptions, Alex Thompson stands out using his love and passion for his city to drive his musical journey. Born and raised in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, Thompson, known as BIG IL, noticed his passion for the arts at an early age. BIG IL has begun to impact the music industry with insightful messages of the harsh realities of present day life set to contemporary beats.”

Englewood’s very own is true to what his bio says. Big IL has started to impact the industry with his insightful music and perspective. Now he can add one more accolade to his résumé. Trust us it’s a big deal. Rolling out took some time to talk to Big IL about his music and what’s on the horizon for him.

Tell us who you are.

This your big homie Big IL Chicago’s finest. I’m a diverse artist. I love music it keeps me going. I plan on doing it for the rest of my life there is no retiring.

We are speaking for a reason and I know you are excited about it. Tell everybody the big news.

I’m on the No. 1 show in the world “Empire,” it’s definitely a big deal. I’m excited. I’m in the joint with Terrence Howard making history. We are making music behind the wall.

What’s your character’s name?

My character is a jammer, you know I’m pretty much there for the music. Jammer is what it said on my trailer. That’s not what it said on my check, though. When I walk in and out of my trailer on the door it says jammer 1 or jammer 2, and I’m fine with that.

BIG IL and Terrence Howard - Photo Courtesy of BIG IL
BIG IL and Terrence Howard  (Photo courtesy of BIG IL)

What episodes will you be featured in?

I’ll be featured in the first two. Hopefully, they bring me back. I’m focused on the success of the two that I’m in and I’m very excited and appreciative of it.

How would you describe your style and the music that you make?

I’m all over the place, music is everything, so whatever my mood is doesn’t really let people box me in. You might catch me rapping about the streets and then again you might catch me being passionate about love. I’m just a really well -ounded artist.

How long have you been doing music?

I have some years under my belt, about 10 years now.

Being on “Empire” is probably one of the biggest things to happen in your career, but it their anything else that stands out?

Staying consistent and having a demand in the streets for my music. You know they love you today and hate you tomorrow. Being able to stay relevant for such a long time is a great accomplishment.

What words of encouragement would you like to leave with our readers?

I would say stay true to yourself, stick to your guns and never compromise unless it’s beneficial, be consistent and believe in yourself. Don’t let anybody hold you back. If you feel strong about something, run with it.

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BIG IL – Photo courtesy of BIG IL

To learn more about BIG IL visit the website

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