“But so true, if you’re only focused on one style you will never grow as an artist.”
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Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
A-HOPP: Hip hop and being an emcee started for me back in middle school when I was about 13 years old. Just doing beat box and freestyle cyphers at lunch with kids from school. From there it elevated into battle rapping a lot and gaining ground on lyricism more and more.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, Tune core, and all the generals of music marketing. Also just word of mouth locally and when I travel trying to find other artists that are wanting to elevate.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I think the main challenge of today is whether to be a mumble/trap rapper or an old head with lyricism. I follow being an old head more just because I believe in the aspect of rhythm and poetry; however, I really like a couple collabs I’m currently doing with mumble rappers. It can be a cool dynamic in songs.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The local scene is actually pretty good as far as talent goes. I like the diversity and variety of artists we have. I don’t like how people beef and have hatred over petty he said/she said drama. Spread the love and make great music together.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Working together, simply put. But so true, if you’re only focused on one style you will never grow as an artist.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Make sure to prefect your work and knowledge of your craft before pursuing it. Lack of talent/style and image will kill you before you begin. Market with people that want success and share the same drive as you. Focus and drown out social biases.
What inspires you to write your next song?
What surrounds me in my everyday life, or just humor and storytelling. Knowing I could inspire someone with my song motivates me as well.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Listen to a bunch of instrumentals until I find a style I like. Make the beat that would suit my song and tempo. If I can just freestyle the whole song and stay on topic I just go for it. If not, write small sections of topics and formulate the verses from there. Recording right away helps me a lot.
What do you think makes a great song?
Your energy, the substance of the song, spitting bars consecutive while changing flow styles a lot. Good ad-libs and fillers but not too many. Catchy puns, hook/chorus.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
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