“Talent can take you somewhere, but it won’t necessarily keep you there. Only hard work, consistency, and drive will get you where you want to be.”

Check out the interview with Crotona P exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Crotona P:
I began my journey in hip hop at the age of 13. I went through various transitions, connecting with many crews until eventually I decided to try my hand at making solo songs. I started working on my first solo titled His BXpression being that I am born and raised in the Bronx. I wanted to tell my story.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I have promoted my music mainly online using social media. It helps to have great followers that appreciate your message. The thing which has helped a lot has been thanking the people that simply like when I post stuff. I may not get to every single one, but I definitely try my best to do so. I think people like to feel appreciated.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest challenge I face in today’s entertainment business is getting heard on a national level radio wise without the help of a major label. Us independent artists have to rely on something getting hot online first in order to even have a chance at getting played.

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 the Bronx was cluttered when I lived there. Too many ill rappers with no real direction including myself. The music scene here in Rochester, NY where I reside is completely different. Dope emcees that got their business mind right when it comes to releasing music.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I see a positive future for hip hop. I see hip hop further splitting into different genres like drill, trap music, edm, etc. I’m fine with it because it gives people so much to choose from.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Talent can take you somewhere, but it won’t necessarily keep you there. Only hard work, consistency, and drive will get you where you want to be. Be loyal but not ignorant. Surround yourself with people that are going to always guide you in the right direction.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Real life experiences. The people around me. The world. Love, hate, and pain. Expressing honesty. Plus finding witty ways to put it all together on a dope backdrop inspires me to write music.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I’m a product of the golden era so I still write. Straight pen and paper. Sometimes I already know where I want to take the song, so I find a platform that fits it best. Sometimes I’ll have the beat and I let the words just flow onto the paper. It varies from time to time, and depends on the environment I’m in.

What do you think makes a great song?
A great song is a song that touches almost everyone. A song that brings full emotion out of you whatever that may be when you hear it. A song that makes you want to recite every lyric when you hear it no matter where you’re at.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/crotona-p
Facebook: www.facebook.com/crotonap
Twitter: www.twitter.com/CrotonaP