The Harrisburg Kid
Hailing from Harrisburg, PA, the capital of Pennsylvania, Matthew Groce, aka windchILL, got his first earful of hip hop in the late 1980’s. Heavily influenced by Boogie Down Productions, Eric B and Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and many more, windchILL vows to remain loyal to the authentic hip hop sound of the Golden Era, while bringing a new school vibe revolving around beats and rhymes.
There came a time in 1996 where windchILL turned the corner from fan to artist. At first it was just a hobbie, and by the year 2000 windchILL was already known in Central PA as Lieutenant Freestyle. He got this name from rocking countless house parties with nothing but a mic and a freestyle.
He got serious and started song writing in about 2001, and by 2002 he had teamed up with some local like minded hip hop artists, and formed the group A.O.I. Better known as Artists Over Industry. Shortly there after in 2003 came the formation of Skies the Limit Productions or STLP, where chILL found himself as co-owner and head of promotions and marketing. After 2 big releases with A.O.I. chILL was ready to drop his first highly anticipated solo album entitled I HAVE ARRIVED. The album was released in 2007 and boasted the lead single PAY HOMAGE produced by JJ Brown and Dan Maier of 5G Productions out of Brooklyn, NY. This track is an infamous underground classic with a bunch of youtube threads as well as receiving heavy rotation on Pandora Radio! About 500 shows later, 9 releases, 2 tours, 3 videos and 7 years of pounding the pavement STLP unfortunately came to a close.
Like they say when one door closes 3 open. This was indeed the case for windchILL after the doors closed on STLP in 2010. Through hard work, perseverance and dedication windchILL was able to define a rock solid solo career. Literally a month after STLP closed its doors chILL was contacted by Diamond Music Group of Brooklyn, NY. They offered to take care of all future releases with a digital distribution deal, while chILL remained responsible for the hard copy distribution! Next came the meeting and relationship that was built with Crazeology Records from Italy! They are an up and coming production team that is taking over with production credits everywhere! In addition chILL started his own indie label called Fist Up Records to continue to carry the torch.
What the future holds is always a mystery. The whole time chILL has been penning his next chapter. His new album is titled THE HUMAN ANIMAL and is set to start recording in April of 2012 with a expected release date of fall/winter of 2012. For this project chILL called on none other then Anno Domini Records very own Vherbal! With recent production credits to Kool G Rap, Jedi Mind Tricks, Ras Kass, Canibus, Royce Da 5’9 it was very evident who chILL wanted to work with on the new album and that was indeed Anno Domini Records!
Fresh off a year full of grind mode cyphers and a west coast mid west tour windchill is back with his 6th studio album release in 10 years! With mid west underground label Universal Language backing him, chill is on the heels of his new full length album 2nd Wind! This album will feature some hip hop powerhouses! Chill has recruited an A List of guest appearances including AOTP powerhouse Reef the Lost Cauze, AOTP monster Block McCloud, Ren Thomas, label mates Shawn Keys and Proximity, Lingo, LaDii J, Mr Dead Poetz, Juan B and more! Production includes Anno Domini, Vherbal Beats, Phoniks, 2Deep, Jay Allen, Geoff Grey and more! Up first is the first video and single for 2nd Wind! Served fresh on a bed of jazz with a delicious side of boom bap.