ILLBLISS AKA DAT IBO BOY is a veteran Nigerian rap artiste. Started out in the country’s music mainstream with a hip-hop collective called “Thorobreds”, led by him they earned critical acclaim and accolades in the industry with the release of smash single ‘street-hop’ and award winnings.
Birth Name: Tobechukwu Melvin Ejiofor
Born: Dec 30
Genre: Rap/Hip Hop
Government names Tobechukwu Melvin Ejiofor, based in Lagos Nigeria and originally from Nkwerre, Imo State. Born December 30 in the late 70’s.
In 2008, iLLBLISS won his first major award as a solo artist at the Sound City Music Video Awards (SMVA) for Best Hip Hop video, with his song U GO WOUND!!! The award was presented by American hip hop veteran Nas.
In 2009, he released his debut album DAT IBO BOY, which spun massive radio hit singles like U GO WOUND, DAT IBO BOY and Aiye Po Gan!(Enuf Space).
iLLBLISS was nominated under three categories for the 2010 Hiphop World Awards including Best Rap album and Best collaboration. In the same year, he adopted an executive approach towards the music business by setting up an artist management firm called THE GORETTI COMPANY, responsible for moulding and directing the music careers of MTN Project Fame winners Mike Anyasodo, Chidinma, Monica Ogah and more recently Ayoola.
In 2011, iLLBLISS returned to the studio to commence the recording of his sophomore album titled ‘’OGA BOSS", the much anticipated album dropped late November 2012 and the first two singles ANAMACHI KWANU and MY HEART BEATS enjoyed massive airplay.
The video for Anam achikwanu caused quite a stir and remains one of the top videos presently, it went on to win Best Hip-hop video at the Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2012. Illbliss is responsible for showing the current rap star child PHYNO to the rest of the world via his video for Anamachi Kwanu!!!
OGA BOSS has received awesome reviews from industry pundits and Naija music fans in general, nominated Best Rap album at the 2013 Headies, also doing great figures in the market.
The album features collaborations with names like Timaya, Naeto C, Ice Prince, Silvastone (UK), Chidinma, Phyno, Del’ B, Banky W, WizBoyy, Tha Suspect etc.
ILLBLISS got into a Joint Venture; CAPITAL HILL Music/Goretti Co. with Clarence Peters for the release of his sophomore album, as well as new music from Tha Suspect, Chidinma, Phyno. Since the Fall of 2013, he’s been in and out of the studios, when not supervising the recordings of the newer acts under his wing, he is working on new tunes for another album release.
With his partner Clarence Peters, he has shot more videos for his OGA BOSS album including Emi Ni Baller (which was released as Chidinma’s single), I Am Sorry and few others.
Illbliss plans a March 2014 release of his new album offering titled POWERFUL, following the release of the title track late last year. He is finalizing his third album and videos are already in the works.