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Alex Wiley grew up in the Hyde Park area of Chicago, and besides picking up the violin for a year, was never one of these kids who knew he'd be a musician from the time he was little. Really, it never even crossed his mind, that is, until it did. Struggling in school with a bad case of ADHD, the generally bright kid felt lost. After a fight on school grounds landed him a hefty suspension and lengthy stay at home, he just decided not to go back. He spent a lot of time at home, and gradually fell into a depression, not really knowing what was next on his path in life.
It wasn't until he started hanging out with fellow rapper Kembe X that he started messing around with rhymes. At first, he was just putting some joke bars together and sharing them with friends on Facebook, which is also why he never created a rapper alter ego or stage name. He and Kembe X would write together, Wiley having to go into the bathroom and listen to the beat on his phone because his writing style required him to restart the instrumental over more frequently than Kembe. They kept writing and formed a group called Swag Village that was more of a joke to them than anything else. You may also recognize one of their other good friends from a lot of their early music.
As Alex became more entrenched in the Chicago music scene, he caught the attention of indie label Closed Sessions, who quickly snatched him up. Then came Club Wiley and Village Party, but more on those projects a little bit later.