Rapper/Singer Phil Adé isn’t ordinary. A creative talent, to say the least, he is poised to reign over the DMV area, releasing his sounds on anyone who is smart enough to listen. Not focused on cross-over appeal, Phil Adé’s easy-going subject matter and genuine flow is a welcomed addition to the underground hip hop community.
Born Philip Adetumbi, Phil Adé comes from an interesting mix of worldly culture. His Grenadian mother and Nigerian father made sure to keep him close to his strong family heritage. Before settling in the DC metro area, Phil Adé lived in California, Alabama, and Florida while his father took various positions in different cities. These experiences, matched with the cultural influences that his parents made sure to incorporate in his life, gave Phil Adé a valuable and international outlook on the world around him.
Always a performer, Phil Adé spent his early years singing in church every weekend. He started rapping during his junior year in high school, and the hobby soon morphed into a bonafied craft. Phil Adé took notice, and like a true artist, started studying the art form, paying close attention to the works of veteran rap legends like The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye West, and Lil' Wayne. Phil Adé found his own artistic identity and, with the encouragement of close friends, noticed that his newly developed talent could actually be a legitimate career.
Fate stepped in and met Phil’s music hustle in January 2009 when a friend introduced him to Tennyson “T” Richards, owner of Paper Boyz Management and close friend to Grammy-nominated recording artist, Raheem DeVaughn. DeVaughn’s interest was immediately sparked when Phil Adé rapped for him.
Phil has earned the distinction of being the first artist signed to DeVaughn’s DC-based independent label, 368 Music Group, which he co-founded with DC talent manager/A&R Andre “Dre The Mayor” Hopson. Phil Adé's grand introduction to the music industry couldn’t have come at a better time.
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