By Melony Roy

Like Will Smith, in West Philadelphia, born and raised, another rapper spent most of his days. Eric “Chill” Moody is an up-and-coming young hip hop artist on the Philadelphia music scene. He has released six official mix tapes, including his most critically acclaimed in December 2010, wESTchilly, with over 6,000 downloads.

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Chill always knew he wanted to work in the music business, but not necessarily as an entertainer. He started off writing poetry, which eventually led to rapping. He describes his lyrical style as relatable, from what’s going on in the hood to student loans. And every February, Chill Moody and his cousin put out a mix tape about girls and relationships.

Chill says his biggest accomplishment is gaining his mother’s and family’s support to pursue his musical career.

When it comes to his musical influences, Chill Moody says he listens to everything from 50 Cent to Stevie Wonder. Despite a lot of what he calls “garbage,” he says hip-hop is thriving. One of his favorite local artists is Boogie Mandela, and he also listens to J. Cole, Lil Brotha, and 9th Wonder.

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Chill Moody graduated from Overbrook High School and Millersville University with a degree in speech therapy.

Be on the lookout for the Chill Moody Post Grad Tour, and for more information visit www.chillmoody.com.

Listen to the interview with Chill Moody…

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Watch Chill Moody (featuring Cody Kahmar)’s My Eyes here.