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When asked who he is, dynamic Minnesota rapper Travla doesn’t hesitate. “I’m a tell you the truth rapper.” His personal truth includes admittedly making bad choices. He discloses it all without regrets or apologies. “I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m who I am, where I am because of everything I have gone through.” Ask that same question of anyone who sees him perform and the answer is clear. Travla is a hot talent with riveting performances of songs that are raw and honest. He has mesmerized crowds in many venues including Twin Cities’ Metrodome and First Avenue, a club Prince used for many scenes in Purple Rain. Everything he is, everything he has gone through is in that music. It’s his life story. That story began in Chicago. Travla (Timothy Tillman) went home from the hospital with his adoptive parents Thomas and Cynthia Tillman. At 9 he auditioned for the prestigious Grammy Award winning Atlanta Boy Choir. His superior talent earned him one of the precious few spots and solos with the group known as “one of Atlanta’s most well-known trademarks.” Soon his voice changed and so did his way of life. “At 10 I was on the streets trying to be a man. Trying to copy what I saw out there.” At 11 his parents divorced. Travla says he took the divorce in stride. He was always on the move. Illinois, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington and Minnesota. After the divorce he lived with his mother until he was “..Seventeen or eighteen. I was doing the wrong thing. She was tired of it. She kicked me out. But, I guess it was time.” Travla went to live with his father but the change in location didn’t mean a change in his behavior. “I was kicked out again.” Somehow no matter where the miles or choices took him he found a way to smoothly fit in. Even on the streets. Even in jail. It was in jail that he realized what he was doing wasn’t getting him where he wanted to be. “Can’t take it no more” is the message that left the jail cell with him that last time. It’s a message that resonates with men still living that life. Listen, relate and be moved by it.” “Tired of being broke. Tired of selling dope. Searching for some hope.” His dream is to be an example to help young people who are living the life he left, find that hope.” He found it in music. It gave him the momentum and it may have saved his life. Some of his early influences were “The church music my mother made me listen to.” he says with his deep trademark laugh. Then, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, No Limit Soldiers, Dru Hill, Lil Wayne, Scarface, Notorious B.I.G, DMX, Boyz II Men and many more. He’s an independent business and artist that is always in search of a constant source of encouragement. Travla, a man of deep faith wants to use the power of his music to “move kids from violence.” He wants people to be able and say of him “Travla is living every piece"
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