“Without feelings you are just reading or saying words. The more soul you put in the music, the more it become a hit record.”
Check out the interview with Certify Boss exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Certify Boss: My music career started in Staten Island, NY. It all begin when I was in my freshman year in high school. I decided to do music because many people told me I was good at rapping and singing. I used to do rap competitions like freestyle battles. I also used to cut class and go to the studio to record music. This all began in 2008. By the time I was done with high school many Africans around my city already knew about me.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Soundcloud, etc. to promote my music
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face in today’s music industry is breaking out of my environment and breaking into the American industry. I feel like my accent is the problem. I really want to get attached to the American audience.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my home town is great, but the artists are not really together. Everybody is trying to be number one and this results in beefs. This is why I keep to myself and my team because you can’t trust anybody. The late DJ Megaton from BET 106 and Park die out here because of that and I ain’t trynna be next.
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 is gonna be great and artists need to be more creative instead of stealing other artist’s style because too many artists sound the same these days.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
My advice is young artists should keep on grinding and putting out more work. Moreover, they should believe in themselves because if they don’t they won’t reach their destination. They shouldn’t pay attention to the haters.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Real life situations inspire me. I take my life stories and put it on the beats.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
First I write the songs, rehearse it, and then go on the beat. I record the hooks, then lay the verse. Other times I freestyle which means straight off the top.
What do you think makes a great song?
I feel like putting feelings in the song is what make a great song. Without feelings you are just reading or saying words. The more soul you put in the music, the more it become a hit record.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?