“Get on internet radio and get your music out to more people. You can get paid for spins if you know what you’re doing.”
Check out the interview with Ace Diggz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Ace Diggz: It all started on College Ave in a town called Upper Darby right outside west Philadelphia. That’s where I started rapping in cyphers. I started taking rapping more serious when a couple friends of mine, Rell and Jermaine, and I went to meet with a low budget label owner. He wanted to sign Rell and I, but we declined and said we gotta think about it because he didn’t sign Jermaine too. We were like 16 back then.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I would tell them be yourself and make the music you would like to listen to. Don’t let anyone taint, or guide your music, or your message you want to put out. Practice your craft and get better.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest part for me is breaking into this business and figuring out how to make money off music. I’ve been rapping for over 10 years and I’m just learning how to get paid from radio spins.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The internet has made it very easy to promote your music nowadays. Get on internet radio and get your music out to more people. You can get paid for spins if you know what you’re doing. Any platform from Facebook to Instagram can make the difference. Do shows, hop on cyphers and DVDs. You gotta get out there and really promote.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Philadelphia is the home of real lyricists and hip hop heads. You’ll be hard pressed to find a whack rapper. Don’t get me wrong, yes we do have whack rappers but my city loves niggas that are nice. The fans won’t support you as much until you’re doing big things. The artists don’t support each other as much either.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself enjoying my life regardless of where I’m at with my music. The music speaks for itself. I can’t tell you if I’m going to be signed, but I’m going to keep working and making good music.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Jay Z, Jadakiss, and Nas definitely inspired me a lot. Now guys like J. Cole and Kendrick are the type of guys I can listen to and get inspiration from.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
To be honest I feel like the music coming out today is horrible, but it is just vibes. Turn up and party music with no essence or substance behind it. I do turn up to Future or Drake now and then. Even though Drake has a lot of substance, more music nowadays has none.