Zilla grew up in Huntsville, AL bouncing between both parents. While becoming all too familiar with the real world at a young age, Lil Al, as Zilla is known in his neighborhood, had his first child at the age of 16. By that time, he had already been 4-5 years into gang banging. Zilla would later drop out of high school at J.O. Johnson at the age of 17. When he wasn’t getting into trouble, Zilla was developing a talent for putting words together.
While it had always been just a hobby, Zilla started getting serious about a potential career in music at the end of 2010 when he realized it may be a way to stay out of the streets that were leading many of his close friends down dead ends. Zilla released his first solo debut project entitled Zilla Shit in early 2011. It received much fanfare and praise from critics for it’s unique blend of knocking, soulful beats and compelling lyrics about the streets of Northside “Hunts Vegas”. Positioning himself at the front of the Huntsville hip-hop scene, the artist formerly known as Swagzilla has, with the help of his OThird Ent family, produced one of the strongest releases from Alabama in the last few years.
Recently in March, 2012 he released the sequel to his first solo project which “Zilla Shit II” produced by the Block Beattaz and was featured on Spin Magazines “Rap Releases(s) of The Week” alongside Maybach Musics Stalley. Today, Zilla is preparing to release a joint project with Baton Rouge producer Q Red set to drop around October or November 2012
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