When Florida’s Red Baron broke up in 2009, vocalist Phil Porto was not ready to give up on his musical journey. Shortly after the band’s last show, there were some demos from Porto under a new hip-hop alias: Phil Wonder. Now, five years later, we finally will get a mixtape. Thanks to our friends at Rapzilla.com, Welcome to My Life will be released March 11 as a free download on Rapzilla. Derek Webb will be doing production.

Yesterday, Wonder released a new track, “Let’s Work (feat. Alex Faith & Deraj).” This track should give you a taste of how good this mixtape will be. HM talked to Wonder about the project, and why it took so long.

I took a hiatus from music for a few years to allow the Lord to work on my heart, which held success in music as an idol as well as battling a brain tumor. This mixtape has appearances from some veterans of the game and same new faces you need to get to know.

Donations from the album will go towards two years of medical bills, as well as helping Wonder reach the desire of his heart to attend seminary. He will release a new track from the project for download every two weeks until the full project is available.


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