“I could give a long story in detail of how, but long story short I traded my pistol for a microphone to some degree.”

Check out the interview with 1Goon exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Back when I was a kid I would play around freestyling with my homies to make fun of the local rappers in our city but never took it seriously because I had to focus on real life issues; in some part they had to do with me moving to Virginia where musically I was born. I could give a long story in detail of how, but long story short I traded my pistol for a microphone to some degree.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
All I can say personally and to my knowledge is to be seen and heard as much as possible and stay true to what is it you seek.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
The best musician, producer, entertainer, etc. That my ability allows me to be that.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I would say time, in a sense of things you have to take care of in a span or deadline and BS politics.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m not originally from here and I’ve chosen to somewhat isolate myself. I honestly don’t think I could accurately answer this question, but from my experience ain’t no place like home. As far as the music goes, there’s a lot of rappers and not enough artist. There is some super talents here that also choose to seclude themselves due to BS politics.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Stay down and grind hard till you come up and never break, stay focused.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Completing my first mixtape and seeing my momma and people who knew my past reactions. There are moments others would see as greater, but that did for me.

What is your inspiration?
Greatness, the ability to reach and teach the masses to relate on each and every frequency I can. To change and save lives with my words through various formats. To carry on 2Pac’s legacy intertwined with my own.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
It’s all in what you deem success and how high you set your mark.

Where can we find you on social media?
Instagram: www.instagram.com/1goon_akakokey352