“Online seems to be the best way to promote nowadays. Your street team no longer has to just be in the streets but online as well.”
Check out the interview with Baptis’ Abu KayMariOn exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Baptis’ Abu KayMariOn: It all started when I was about 11/12 years of age. The area I grew up in, in Toronto, Ontario, was a low income housing neighborhood called Glendower. Glendower was a predominately Jamaican neighborhood. Reggae music would be blasting all day throughout the whole block. Listening to all those talented reggae artist inspired me to write reggae lyrics of my own. My journey to become a reggae artist lasted about 5 years, then I moved on to hip hop due to the fact that most of my friends were rappers.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Be original. Make the kind of music that you love to listen to. Be your own number 1 fan. Be versatile. Strive to be the best and always try to keep getting better and better.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I would say the hardest challenge for me is to get people to listen to my style of music when the kind of music that I make isn’t as popular as it used to be.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Online seems to be the best way to promote nowadays. Your street team no longer has to just be in the streets but online as well. Take advantage of social media and promote, promote, promote.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
The city that I live in now is Calgary, Alberta. In all honesty, I don’t really know many artists out here and the fans seem to be fans of real hip hop.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself being loved and respected worldwide for music.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Tupac Shakur: because of his passion, fearlessness, work ethic, honesty, and his ability to make you feel his pain through his songs.
Ice T: because he raps about the harsh realities of life, life lessons in his songs, and his ability to tell stories in his music.
Big Pun: because of his rhyme pattern, his lyrical ability, and his sense of humor
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Honestly, I’m not a big fan of some of the hip hop songs out today. Hip Hop isn’t how it used to be but to each his own.
Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?