“Funding my music project is hard for an independent artist, but figuring out a way to make it happen makes me stronger and resilient.”

Check out the interview with Chizzy Tha Don exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Chizzy Tha Don:
I’m formerly known as Squard and am a Nigerian rapper based in Toronto, Canada. I started rapping at a young age back in city of Jos, Nigeria. With constant miming and practice over the years, I developed a better rap style with unique delivery as I grew older. I started music professionally in 2003 when I dropped my debut album titled Still On, a ten track classic that was released in the city of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
First develop your skills to a top notch level, be consistent, and be informed.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Funding my music project is hard for an independent artist, but figuring out a way to make it happen makes me stronger and resilient.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The internet has made everything easy, God bless to who ever created it. Get enough social media trainings and figure out the best way to interact and connect with your fans. Make use of all the music marketing online tools. Outsource to strong and reliable online platforms like Skilly and many more.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Currently I am based in Toronto; the artist are very talented and the fans are very supportive.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Lord willing, my career will be somewhere higher than where it is now.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Major role models in the rap game are Nas, Az, Jay Z, Tech 9ne, Locksmith, Skyzoo, Kendrick, and Drake.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I am so excited and happy, especially reaching out to the world through this platform.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Bandcamp: www.chizzythadon.bandcamp.com/album/global-connection-the-mixtape
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/chizzy-tha-don
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/chizzythadon
Facebook: chizzythadon
Twitter: @chizzy_tha_don
Instagram: @chizzy_tha_don