“I feel as an artist I’m just going to put out the music and let it speak for itself. I’m not into begging anyone to listen to the music. I also recently started driving for Lyft and I’ll play my music in a playlist of others and get props all the time.”

Check out the interview with BLKRAW exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
BLKRAW: Growing up music was always the face of my household. After two near death experiences, losing my big brother in one car accident and almost ending my own in another, I used those death experiences as fuel. I’ve never given up on my big brother and I’s musical dreams. I started recording music back in 2006 and have not looked back.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Some of the things I do now to promote myself and my #IWAMF brand is on my Instagram. I do something called Shout-out Sundays where no matter who it is if you DM me I’ll send you a shout-out. I feel as an artist I’m just going to put out the music and let it speak for itself. I’m not into begging anyone to listen to the music. I also recently started driving for Lyft and I’ll play my music in a playlist of others and get props all the time.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Everyone is an artist or does something with music. I would have to say the greatest challenges would be getting people to take you serious as an artist. To overcome that challenge I just keep working on my craft and keep putting out quality records not quantity.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I am currently in the Bay Area and the music scene here is dope. Starting back in the 90’s and gaining momentum in the early 2000’s, talented artist like E-40, Mistah Fab, and Mac Dre had the bay rocking alongside Too Short. In my opinion these guys laid the foundation. What I like about the music scene currently is that artists don’t forget the roots of the bay, yet we all sound different and have our own sound/style. I don’t like the fact artists follow trends instead of setting their own.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music will not be the same and we all know that. Artists must learn how to market/brand themselves. We must grow with the future or get left behind. I feel music artists are finally being seen as real people and not these untouchable celebrities.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The best advice I can give to other upcoming artists would be stay true to yourself as a whole, believe in your craft before you want anyone else to. Most of all be humble and always put your best foot forward.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Everyday life experiences. Along with my mood during the time I am listening/writing a song.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I really don’t have any steps, I let the track speak to me. I’ll start to freestyle, what comes out is what goes on the records. I continue to listen to the record and write down the freestyle lyrics that come out. Before I know it I have a full record done.

What do you think makes a great song?
I think having great production, dope lyrics that can connect with the fans, and hooks that stick like glue makes a great song.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.blkraw.net
Twitter: therealblkraw
Instagram: blkraw
Facebook: blkraw
Soundcloud: blkraw
SnapChat: Blkraw

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