“My history in the music scene actually just started in April of this year. I had been writing raps in my spare time for a few years already, but I never really shared a passion for music with anybody that I knew.”

Check out the interview with Black & White exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Black & White:
My history in the music scene actually just started in April of this year. I had been writing raps in my spare time for a few years already, but I never really shared a passion for music with anybody that I knew. Now my first mixtape, Contrast, is in the final legs of production and should be released sometime soon.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best way to promote yourself as an artist nowadays is through social media accounts. The internet has given artists an amazing tool for self-promotion. It only takes one song to blow up online to make your first steps into the business.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Ultimately I want to be an artist. I have very little desire for money and fame; I just want to pursue my passion. I want to be able to make all kinds of music, portray different emotions, and make the same kind of sounds and messages that helped me through my childhood problems.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest part about being in the music business is trying to make music that is emotional, personal, but also pleasing to the ears. Everyone has their own opinion, so you can never write a song that everybody likes to hear. You have to maintain your integrity and continue to make music that you enjoy yourself.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
As far as I know, the music scene in my city is fairly diverse. I cannot really comment on much more about it until I perform at more venues.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
The only advice I can give is to be true to yourself. Always try new things, play with different sounds, and always be open minded to criticism. Continue to strive for improvement and to bring something new to the scene.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing to ever happen in my career was getting started. I let too many people convince me after high school that wanting to be a rap artist wasn’t practical. 5 years later I’m finally releasing my first project. A part of me wishes I had gotten started sooner, but I also believe that everything happens for a reason.

What is your inspiration?
I have many inspirations, most being other artists. The best way to describe my inspiration would be the last verse of Eminem’s “Sing for the moment;” that song was the first song to ever make me say, “I want to make songs that make me feel like this one can.”

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I think that anyone with the correct drive and motivation can make it. Music is a universal language. Anybody can make music, but I don’t think it is a career for everybody.

Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: www.blackandwhitehip-hop.com
Instagram: Black_and_white_hiphop
Twitter: @wakeandblake93
Facebook: @blackandwhitehiphop

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