Developing A Tune With Music Vet Jose L. Ortiz Sr.

“As I get older I find myself writing about family and lots of love songs. I'll sit down with my guitar or keyboard and just start to strum or play and get an idea. I try to hone in on it and see if it develo...

Putting In The Work With Los Angeles Artist STORM

“There is a lot of time and money that you gotta put into your passion to make it an actual art. Some people feel you don't need to put anything into it, but I believe that if you want it to be great you gott...

Once Successful, B.L.A.C.K. Baron Looks To Give Back

“I see myself giving back to my community by creating a junior engineering club for young audio engineers to cultivate in the city. I wanna give back.” Check out the interview with B.L.A.C.K. Baron exclusi...

Kocky/GSA Handle It Like Bosses

“Being two guys who handle everything, scheduling and funding all the projects and events. That's what bosses do. Plus we both have kids, Trip just having twins last October.” Check out the interview with ...

Napom Embraces His Evolution As An Artist

“Also enjoy the process. All the days that are hard and all the times you said you’d quit are the days that make you who you are. Embrace the growth and self-understanding.” Check out the interview with Na...

BIGHAND-NO Defines His Own Idea Of Success

“Everyone doesn't have to be famous to be deemed as a successful artist … I don't let the Industry dictate to me whether I am successful.” Check out the interview with BIGHAND-NO exclusively on Skilly Maga...

IamGhozt Reinventing The West Coast Sound

“And then there is Los Angeles. The west coast scene has died down but with the help of rappers like Kendrick and Y.G. and the OGs like Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre we will have our own sound. Again there is nothin...

By Leaving His Ego At The Door Austin Howell Succeeds

“Don't let your ego get in the way. I have seen so many artists not go anywhere and/or are not going to go anywhere because their ego is in the way. It is the easiest thing to let happen and you won't realize...

ODD PAPI Takes Advice With a Grain Of Salt

“Don't take too much advice. Technical and universal pointers are always useful, but outside the fundamentals, never let anyone question the creative elements of what you do. Doing so throws dirt on what defi...

Music Is Coraezy Hitz’ Resume

“Another challenge is gaining listeners. I've learned in order to gain listeners, it all starts with how much work you put into getting your music out there. I've learned you have to pay attention to detail a...

The Gran Larson Experience Is Like No Other

“Great teamwork and originality. A lot of artists sound the same and have identical concepts in their music. Better to create your vibe and give people a music experience they've never heard.” Check out th...

Jacksonville Rapper Q.P. Breaking The Stereotype

“I think that people are starting to wake up and the rappers who promote a negative image of black people will eventually be seen as toxic and unacceptable amongst the black community.” Check out the inter...

Finding Trust With Baltimore Rapper Leo Sky

“The hardest thing about the music business is trust. You have certain promoters promising this and that to artists, then they ask you for this ridiculous amount of money and produce nothing significant.” ...

How Squid Blood Raises His Standard With Each Track

“I'm always trying to push myself to do better and better with every new track, but as I progress my standards also rise. It's definitely been a challenge to maintain my creativeness and standards of sound qu...

Success Lies In Innovation For Jordan Royale

“But only by being innovative. No one wants another Lil Wayne or another Future. The world already has one, why would they want another one? Don't be a follower, be a leader.” Check out the interview with ...

Miz B Seeks A Connection When Writing

“I think that a great song comes from within you. If while you’re writing you don't feel a connection in your soul with the song, then I feel like you should rewrite the song until it speaks to something insi...

Soldier G Scrubs Bad Music Off The Surface Of Texas

“The music scene in Dallas, Texas is savage. We as artists don’t support other artists in our hometown. Also a lot of artists talk about the same topics: money, chains, bitches, hoes, and etc. We have a lot o...

RichSoFresh On Knowing Your Self Worth

“I would tell upcoming musicians to stay independent because the record labels are just looking out for themselves at the end of the day. Do your research on the music business and most importantly know your ...

Iron Sheik Stays True To His Ideals

“A year from today I see myself doing the same thing I’ve been doing since 2010, using hip hop music to uplift those listeners willing to change their thinking. I plan on having a few more albums out or colla...

Eclipse Succeeds By Finding His Inner Artist

“My best advice is to stay true to yourself. Find out who you really are as an artist and learn how to communicate that in a way people will remember you. Perfect your craft. Don’t be so anxious to put out ma...