1. What’s your government name? And how old are you? Give the people a little background about you, who you are, where your from etc…
Kendall DeLashment, 22 — I’m a college student at Thiel College in Pennsylvania, but I’m from the south side of Chicago. At Thiel I studied English Writing and Media Communications and played three years of basketball before trading in my shoes for my notebook.
2. What is the meaning behind your rap name?
I started using the name Tony Famous because it was the name I would give girls at the club that I didn’t want to talk to. It’s pretty much an alter ego, because Tony Famous is someone that Kendall DeLashment could never be. It’s the confident and outgoing side of my personality.
3. How long you been in the game for?
I’ve been rapping since I was 15 years old, but started taking it serious in the summer of 2011.
4. How did you get into the game?
My friend wanted to build a studio in his basement, so I gave him the money for the microphone and the interface. We recorded there every day until we needed to get more professional equipment. From there, we made friends with some of the best engineers in Chicago and recorded my first mixtape.
5. So why do you rap? Is it like a hobby or a career move?
It’s definitely a career move. Everything I do is dedicated to my career.
6. Who inspires you/Who is your favorite rapper?
My favorite rapper growing up was always Jay-Z, but the most talented artist in the game right now is Drake. Other rappers like J. Cole, Big Sean, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar found a home in my headphones too.
7. What are you trying to bring to the game?
I want to bring a different sound to Chicago music. I respect everything that Chief Keef is doing, but I think the city has more than one identity. I want to be the voice of my generation and still make positive music that everybody can listen to.
8. What’s your favorite song or project you ever came out with?
I did a song called Follow My Lead on my first mixtape and everybody in my camp said that the song was the worst one that I ever recorded, but I believed in its potential. It turns out that it was one of the most popular songs on the mixtape and I got to work with one of my good friends, Aubriel Fields, on the song.
9. You got any projects coming out in the near future? If so, what are they?
My second mixtape, “Destined for Greatness Vol. II,” should be coming out in early March at the latest. I also have a few videos that should be released in the next few months.
And finally where can the people find you at, online?