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Grateful to be Here

Hi it’s my birthday. It’s my birthday again on Tuesday too so if you don’t feel like wishing me a Happy Birthday today you have a second opportunity in four days. Most of you know by now that I have two birthdays. The reason for the two birthdays is because God said, “Jesus Christ this bitch is so awesome we should celebrate her twice.” So here we are. Even so, I totally wreck smashed my iPhone this morning. Not the most auspicious way to start my day. Bummer too since I literally just got the damn thing fixed and it already broke again. The place won’t give me a refund either so Dylan is going to drop the hammer on them when he’s back. Meanwhile all I’ve got is this fucked up phone. It’s turned out to be a beautiful day though. I’m grateful to be here at all. It’s an honour just to be nominated. Happy birthday to me. I’d like to thank the Academy.

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Music

Go Home

This is my intelligent talented beautiful kid sister Souda her artist name is NAVEL4EVE. Go listen to her wonderful music, it’s like if Grimes and Depeche Mode had a baby, it would be NAVEL4EVE. Though I probably shouldn’t bring up Grimes, as Souda has a bone to pick with Grimes, but then, who doesn’t. Anyway check out NAVEL4EVE on Spotify and Soundcloud and whatnot, her music’s awesome. It’s been ten years since the release of Go Home, the debut album, and she just released the Spooks EP. Be sure and tell us what’s your song. Mine has always been “Sex in Armour” even though “Blue Cigarette” is about me. I like all the songs though. I’m still trying to decide my favourite from Spooks.

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Family

Toddler Speak

Toddler speak is as much a challenging and complex language as any to learn, the going is rather bristly and tough for a while, both for the toddler and the adult, in efforts to communicate and be understood. There is mystery and frustration felt by all parties, but the sense of triumph and reprieve when a riddle is solved is all rejoicing and exultation. That AHA moment is glorious beyond compare. So far with Asha this is what we’ve got: Barbie dolls are dogs. Stuck is syuck. Light is white. iPhone is eye bone. This one is swan. This way is sway. Orange juice is oh jin. Thank you is tanks daddy. Dress is yes. Black is bwack. Chicken is kitchen. Getting this far provides joy and succour for all involved. Let me tell you, raising a child, watching them learn, and teaching them stuff, is fascinating, exasperating, poignant and fun.

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Bright Like Fire

This week ill.Gates has shows in Boston MA tonight at Sonia, Brooklyn NY on Thursday at Knitting Factory, Harrisburg PA on Friday at HMac, and in Ellington MN on Saturday for Infrasound Festival. Dylan is performing all original music from his latest album set to carefully curated artful visuals. Everyone in the cities mentioned I highly recommend you go. Get out there and support the tour. ill.Gates is one of the hardest working DJ’s in the game and his heart shines bright like fire. Your support means the world.

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The Front Room

Dylan said, “I was up in the front room and saw this woman smelling our roses and I was all aw but then she started to get really into it and it got a bit gross and I was like bitch smell your own flowers!” I chuckled. “She made it weird,” I said. “She made it weird,” said Dylan.

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Advice

Face Your Fears

If you fear germs you get sick. If you fear animals you set them off. If you fear others you make enemies and you miss out on friendship. If you fear responsibility you shrivel. If you fear risks you have regrets. If you fear change you won’t grow. If you fear love you’ll end up alone. Face your fears before it’s too late.

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Someone You Love

Treat your body like it belongs to someone you love. Choose yourself over your bad habits. Self appreciation, acknowledgment, respect, tenderness, discipline and work are crucial to true health and happiness. There’s only one you. Take care of yourself and celebrate yourself, don’t wait for or rely on someone else to do it for you. (Because if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell, et cetera, et cetera).

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Product

Ode to a Hairbrush

I bought a hairbrush through Amazon and when I got the box there was a note included which said, “Dear Valued Customer: First, I would like to say thank you so much for purchasing our product. We are a small family-owned business operating here in Canada. We have just launched this product and it has very few reviews. It would be greatly appreciated if you could take the time to offer us a review of your recent purchase. One of the hardest parts of being a small family-owned Canadian Business on Amazon is getting those first sales, as nobody takes the time to leaves us reviews, however, if you could be part of the 1% of people that do leave a review, we would be INCREDIBLY grateful and it would mean the world to us. Thank you.” My word, but what an earnest and politely expressed request. I couldn’t very well ignore it. So even though I am like 99% of the other people who shop through Amazon and don’t leave reviews, this time I endeavoured to be a part of the 1% that do. I said, “This is one fine motherfucking hairbrush. It’s pretty much exactly what I wanted. It’s just the right size, shape and weight. It’s attractive, constructed of good materials, the bristles are just the right length, and they’re just the right amount of soft and firm. This might be the perfect hairbrush. I’m pleased with my purchase. What’s more, I’m pleased to be able to give my support to a small family-owned Canadian business, both by making this purchase, and then taking the time to hammer out this positive review. Time well spent, and brush well bought.” So there you go, my little good deed for the day, and I am proof positive too that, for the most part, goddamn, but Canadians sure are nice.

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Only Love Can Heal

Only love can heal this broken world. Love lights the way because love is the source of the cure. Celebrating 16 years with my one true love. Thank you for yesterday, today and tomorrow. I love living this life with you, I love taking this ride with you. Thank you for everything. Here’s to 16 more.

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The Arrival

New full length ill.Gates album THE ARRIVAL is out now on all platforms! Click here to listen, share, support and purchase. Congratulations Dylan on such amazing work with thanks to everyone at Alpha Pup, Talent Mantra, AB Touring and Producer Dojo. Love and gratitude as well to all collaborators and musical guests, Jordana 187, Mimi Page, UHNK, RIP Kenny, EyeOnEyez, 42 Dugg, Stephan Jacobs, Conrank, Ill-Esha, Andrew Huang and Ian Ludlow.

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The Arrival

ill.Gates THE ARRIVAL tour kicking off tonight in Atlanta! Celebrating the final LP of the “Airport Trilogy” dropping this Friday! Amazing support on the first half of the tour from an-ten-nae, Aplsoz, CANVAS, DiCE MaN, ELEVATD and Kermode. If you see your city here, I highly recommend you go. Dylan has been working very hard writing new music and syncing tracks to video to offer a sensational audiovisual show. Plus this is the first time he’s been separated from his gorgeous wife and beautiful child since the start of the pandemic, so if you support the tour, you will help to make it successful, which will ease the pain of separation and make Dylan happy. And when Dylan is happy, the whole world is happy too.

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