In 2009, at just only 20 years old, born in Palermo Sicily, he was the winner of an Italian freestyle competition called TecnichePerfette Emis Killa cooperated with the independent company Blocco Recordz with which he published a mixtape, “Keta Music” (2009) followed by the album “Champagne e Spine” (2010).
2011-2012:The Flow Clocker vol.1 and L'erba cattiva
In 2011 he published the mixtape “The Flow Clocker vol.1”, followed by the album “L’erba cattiva” (2012).
The music video for his song Parole di ghiaccio (Words of Ice), the third track from the album L'erba cattiva, had received 7.5 million views on YouTube in less than two weeks, 15 million views in less than a month, and 20 million in three months. Breaking the record for Italian music. On 5 May, Emis Killa won 'best emerging artist of 2012' at the TRL awards.