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Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE

Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE
Band Hip Hop Singer/Songwriter




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Severe, writer/producer has released 2 CDs “My Lifestyle” and his double cd “Last Of My Tears/Love It Or Leave It” is online at, and more than 40 other digital distribution companies. Severe also has a new double-sided single from his upcoming album "Determination" soon to be released. His CD single “Gurl Of My Dreams” and “Came 2 Far” have streaming at the Chicago Clear Channel and air-play at WGCI 107.5 Chicago.




Devon Yachin Ellis, a.k.a. Severe Da Ghetto Shakespeare, was born on Chicago's Southside. Severe began writing poetry at the age of nine, and amidst the turmoil of moving between the city and the burbs, began to develop those skills into a hip-hop format. During his younger years he performed in many talent shows and concerts throughout Illinois under the management of LaCarrol Ellis. At the age of 18 Severe started performing for numerous A/R groups and labels in showcases across the region; from his hometown of Chicago, all the way to Los Angeles. As if that wasn’t enough, he was also putting on solo concerts in many colleges and universities.
In the summer of '01 Severe da Ghetto Shakespeare released his first album, titled "My Lifestyle." Which sold 4,000 copies in less than two years, and is widely respected in the streets. "My Lifestyle" is still available at On May 30th, 2006 as a follow up to "My Lifestyle," Severe released his latest/greatest album, which is a 40 track double-disc including 35 full length songs. Entitled, "Last of My Tears/Love It or Leave It," this LP features tracks from a wide range of producers in numerous cities at the many hip-hop summits attended by Severe. This album is a statement; an emotional drift through Severe's reality, from the birth of his son, to the death of his father. From being shot, to poverty stricken life as a child, Severe paints a vivid picture of life as he knows it, and what it takes to accomplish street success. "Last of My Tears/Love It or Leave it" is currently available at Tower Records, George's Music, Play by Play, Gardeners, and Kiss the Sky. You can also find it online at and But don't forget to check your local corner for the man himself to cop an album.
As for Severe's future plans, he is currently planning a tour and promoting his new cd entitled "Determination”. Severe's long term plans are to continue establishing a name as an entrepreneur/artist/writer/producer. His hopes and dreams are to be signed with a major label. As always, Severe is determined to succeed and will not stop until he has achieved the success he deserves.