“Hopefully, the music in the future will be more versatile but ya never know because it all depends on the next generation. I don’t want to steer anybody in the wrong direction just BE YOURSELF even if your an outcast (like me). Have your own style and try to stand out because you’ll never know how the new generation might pick up on it and choose YOU to represent them.”

Check out the interview with Church Boy Blue exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
C.B.B.: Just like a lot of other people in the entertainment business using the internet and getting my music out through the word of mouth. While living in Snow Hill, Maryland I started rapping at age 12. I’d write my raps to beats from other websites and record them using 2 tape recorders one for main vocals and the other for ad-libs. Good times!

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Nothing creative just getting my music out there either through social media, friends, co-workers(when I actually have a job), mom and pop stores, and whatever else I can use.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Just getting notice. It’s a different time now and some(and notice I said some not all) record labels look for the artist’s doing most of the work to get noticed and then they come along sign you and make money off of you.Truth be told I should’ve done this a long time ago but there’s no time like the present. I plan on flooding the internet and the world with just music I don’t care how long it takes one day the right person will listen and give me an opportunity.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
For such a small town they like all types of music from Hip Hop to Rock N Roll, Pop, Country, R&B, Jazz, Techno etc, but nothing is more dominant than Hip-hop. It’s all good though there’s a lot of rappers copying off each other’s style still this generation stands by it because it’s something that the past generation never had or done it’s something different and that we can’t be completely mad at.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Hopefully, the music in the future will be more versatile but ya never know because it all depends on the next generation. I don’t want to steer anybody in the wrong direction just BE YOURSELF even if your an outcast (like me). Have your own style and try to stand out because you’ll never know how the new generation might pick up on it and choose YOU to represent them.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Stay humble, stay hungry, stay working on your craft, find out who you truly are so you’re giving people the real you, cause a lot of fans get disappointed and hurt when they find out their favorite rapper or singer is a fake because they’ve already learned so much from you and took pride in the person that you claimed to be. Also beg for nothing, remember it’s all a game at the end of the day.and not just the entertainment business life itself.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Living life from moment to moment anything good, bad, ugly, that goes on in my life I have to write about it, also listening to different types of music it could be new school, old school or somebody playing the drums (beating on a bucket), or guitar on the boardwalk while people are tipping them as they walk by.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Sometimes I freestyle it in my mind when I write it down. I can be in a loud or quiet environment. I can think of the chorus first or the verse. I can either write to the beat while it’s playing, or memorize it and write to it in my mind, or write to my own beat in my head then find a different beat to record it on, to me that makes the song sound a tad bit more creative and different.

What do you think makes a great song?
As much as I love writing music that makes sense to me still it has to make sense to everyone else that’s why people enjoy music because they can relate to it so you can’t be too selfish. The song has to relate to the times and at the same time make the people wanna get up and dance their socks off. Truth be told I may not be one of the greatest but I will be one of the most creative.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Twitter.com/city898
Cell Phone # 410-603-1026
E mail – Bpnshr909@aol.com
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