“Never abandon grassroots marketing.”

Check out the interview with A-Rawlo exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
It all started in my mother’s apartment in Tukwila, Washington. My father was terminally ill and my mother was barely holding on with unemployment checks. I starting rapping using a iPhone without any service. I was blessed to steal the neighbor’s Wi-Fi to stream instrumentals on YouTube. Then I was able to connect with Wyking founder of Umoja Fest Peace Center where I was able to record my first tape and get my first shows.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Never abandon grassroots marketing.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
A hip hop leader/legend because legends never die.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Politics and balancing street shit.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
There really isn’t a music scene for urban artists like myself. I’m just creating my lane. It’s a nice place, but I still have to watch my ass. There’s street shit going on.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Never give up and trust Jesus Christ, he’ll guide you.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Sway followed me on Twitter after tagging him in one of my freestyle.

What is your inspiration?
The Jacka, Micheal Jackson, Nipsey Hussle, Meek Mill, and the fact that this music thing changed and saved my life literllly.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Of course.

Where can we find you on social media?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/arawlo
Facebook: A-rawlo
Twitter: @A_rawlo
Instagram: @A_rawlo