Last December, readers were introduced to Milwaukee based artist RueThePoet. Since that time, the site has been keeping a close tab on him. He’s released a few more singles, started making his presence felt at open mics as well as local events, and is shaping up to release his debut offering The TruRue Project. He has been very well received as of late and is getting closer every day to sitting at the top as one of the 414’s elite talents. Recently, he dropped a brand new track labeled “Minds A Drift.” It will appear on the upcoming collective and serves as a more serious representation of the young rapper’s capabilities.
While the rest of the world is marveling over his recent nuptials to celebrity socialite Kim Kardashian, there is another individual hoping to get Kanye West into the spotlight for a different reason. Writer/artist/fan Ben Shepard is attempting to draft Kanye West to run for mayor of Chicago in the year 2015. Shepard has launched a campaign dubbed “Kanye 4 Mayor” complete with an official website. The site provides in depth insight into why Shepard thinks Ye would make an ideal candidate. It includes an open letter, lyrics from some of the rapper’s greatest hits, as well as some of his most memorable quotes from his collective of off the wall interviews throughout the course of his career.
The world experienced a huge loss today with the passing of legendary writer/poet/activist Maya Angelou. The beloved literary talent died in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina following an extensive stay in the hospital due to heart complications. According to her family she departed this life peacefully in her sleep and was discovered by her caretaker. She was 86 years old. She leaves behind not only her loved ones but a legacy of artistic works as well as quotes. She is additionally remembered for her advocacy in regards to: education, justice, and equality. With an extensive background that ranges from her enduring unspeakable ordeals such as rape & prostitution to her receiving over 30 honorary degrees & putting her pen to work internationally; Dr. Maya Angelou was a true inspiration to people from all walks of life. This can been witnessed by the non-stop out pouring of accolades she’s been receiving all over the internet since the news of her death reached the masses. The Illixer team sends condolences to those closest to her and wishes for her to rest in paradise. Please enjoy one of her many infamous selections below in her honor.