“A lot of people are gonna hate on you especially when you first start out. Hell, even your friends and your family will try to tell you to pursue something else.”

Check out the interview with Caz Cray exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Caz Cray:
I started rapping back in 7th grade which was when I was about 11 years ago. I was pretty bad and for the next 5-6 years of my life people were relentlessly cruel to me over how bad my music was. I finally graduated six years ago, got away from all those people who showed me nothing but negativity, and from there I was able to really slowly but surely improve over those six years and now I’m at the point where I feel like I am actually really good at what I do.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
If you are really about this music grind do not ever let anybody stop you from doing it. A lot of people are gonna hate on you especially when you first start out. Hell, even your friends and your family will try to tell you to pursue something else. If this is what you really want to do in life don’t let anybody get in the way of it.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Promotion is definitely one of the hardest challenges just because I haven’t really ever had anybody teach me how to promote my music the right way. In person I’ll have so many people tell me they support my music, but then I’ll get tracks that barely get to 100. It’s hard getting my name out.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Promotional packages are literally the only way my music gets any type of traffic. Underground On Top and Sky Music Group are definitely two groups I would definitely recommend to any up-and-coming artist that wants to get their music out. Shoutout to both of them.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I live in Gaithersburg, Maryland which is considered the most diverse city in the country. It’s kind of a gift and a curse because on one hand your music can definitely reach out to a lot of different cultures, but on the other hand there are so many different talented artists that sometimes really dope artists kind of slip between the cracks.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
By this time next year I’ll have at least one project out and will finally be able to at least make a living off of music. I know what I need to do to make it a reality, so I just have to execute my plan and hopefully everything turns out the way I want it to.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspiration is Nas. I just have always admired the way that he put his songs together. As for guys of today, I would say Logic is my biggest inspiration right now. We’re from the same city and I feel like his music and knowing the situation that he came from really inspires me to want to get up to and beyond his level.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
When it comes to music today it’s just a matter of whether or not a certain artist’s music is geared towards you. There are artists that I would prefer not listen to, but every big name artist out right now has some kind of audience. At the end of the day, I don’t believe that there is any such thing as a bad taste in music. Different people have different tastes.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: cazcray.tumblr.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/CaziusCrayMusic
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CazCrayMusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/CazCray
Email: caz_cray_music@hotmail.com