Dillon Maurer is hard to figure out. Just when you have him pegged as a rebellious, suburban white kid with an odd infatuation for Dr. Dre's The Chronic, he casually informs you that he was a straight-A student throughout high school and college, and was even president of his senior class.
"I guess I've always just tried to be myself," he laughs.
It wasn't hard, he says, despite his ordinary upbringing in Jacksonville. While the hip-hop scene there left a lot to be desired, the tunes inside his house made him a music lover from an early age. With the sounds of Billie Holiday and Jethro Tull mixing in his living room, he entertained being a DJ at one point. "But being a DJ is a very expensive hobby to have," he says.
So he started writing instead, a gift that came naturally from his dad. When he entered the University of Florida, he finally found a hip-hop click to fraternize with and quickly transformed himself into Intellekt a likely name for a smart MC. Eventually, the name would fade away, as Dillon grew more comfortable with just being his normal, abnormal self.
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