By Andre Ellington | December 4, 2017 9:57 AM EST
Big IL is a Chicago rapper-actor with much to give to entertainment. After starring in “Empire,” his continuous rise toward the top hasn’t slowed down in the two years since his first feature with rolling out. He’s preparing for new acting roles in 2018 and set to release his EP Fearless. Check out some of his recent work in the conversation below.
It’s been two years since we’ve caught up with all things Big IL related. How have things been going for you?
Things are on the rise and going great! I haven’t slowed down since “Empire.” I’m still dedicated to my career. I’ve taken on a host of other opportunities, including a few new acting roles. I’m trying to keep my entertainment portfolio as diverse as possible. I’m also reading a few movies, set to release in 2018, and 2019. I would say that life is great for me right now.
Being on “Empire” is a feat in itself, but talk about the experience of being surrounded by so many musically inclined individuals. Timbaland had an integral part of the music direction on the first two seasons and Rodney Jerkins in the later seasons.
“Empire” was a phenomenal experience for me. It was a very comfortable role. There were so many musically inclined people cast and I really connected with them. We all shared that common love for the art of sound. Just being around that energy and aura from great personalities like Timbaland gave me, even more, confidence to act the part and go even harder.