Lil Billy
Midwest Leak Magazine|Issue 92

Lil Billy

Sierra Holmes Benford, Le’Deana Brown

Lil Billy, Skill Skill, Mr. Yes, Yes…how did you come to go by so many names?

Lil Billy is my actual name. Skill Skill is the name my neighborhood calls me…I’ve got the skills to pay the bills. They call me Mr. Yes, Yes because they never tell me no, referring to the ladies. When I first started I was going to make my music for the ladies because that’s who I prefer to entertain.

Do you feel like art imitates life or life imitates art with your music?

Everything I rap about I go through. Everything is true to me. I’m not one of those type of guys that will tell another person’s story. All my music is exactly how I live. 100 percent authentic.

Speaking of 100, you recently dropped a video for a song with that title along with a mixtape on My Mixtapez. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

Crown Hill Section is the name of the mixtape that I just dropped on MyMixtapez and it has gotten over 70k plays in the short amount of time it’s been on there so far. The physical release is taking place October 31st at my free concert which is also the release for my Midwest Leak Magazine cover story. The song “100” is about keeping it 100 and telling the absolute truth. This project is organic. It’s all the thoughts that go through my head on a daily basis. People are loving it and I’m not sure if it’s more because they love the way it sounds or that it’s so authentic to the real me.

In the hook on “100” there’s a line where you say your teacher said you wouldn’t amount to anything. What was the classroom situation that led a teacher to say something like that?

I went to Short ridge middle school. In some of our classes we used to shoot dice the entire class and our teachers used to let it go on. I guess one day he wasn’t feeling it and got on my case. He told me I wouldn’t amount to nothing like a regular street punk. On the song I was just telling him thanks for his opinion because it made me want to do something different. That negative always stuck in my head and made me want to accomplish something and throw it in his face. I’m a person that likes to prove points. Some people thought I wouldn’t be around rapping this long. Some people thought I wouldn’t live this long.

In the song you also said that no one would even send you 100 when you were away. But you say you have a lot of friends. Was it out of sight out of mind?

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