“I was almost killed by the very people I trusted and stood up for. While I laid in the hospital bed I realized making music was the only thing I had.”
Check out the interview with Cyrus exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Cyrus: I took on the street life becoming a member of the Netas. It was inevitable that the street life would catch up to me. I was almost killed by the very people I trusted and stood up for. While I laid in the hospital bed I realized making music was the only thing I had. I went on to be a finalist at Urban Idols, The Unsigned Hype Mixtape Tour Battle, and many other competitions. My popularity grew in New York as a battle lyricist with the current record of 103-2.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best ways I have encountered were by shaking hands and kissing babies. Go out there and put up stickers, give away free CDs, and do shows. I believe our society is more visual so videos and shows are the most important.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I just want to be heard and be given the chance to be heard. I started being a lyricist because no one listened and it was my only outlet. So to answer your question I want to be the voice of our time.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The most difficult thing about this business is that it is over saturated with untalented individuals. This makes it harder for people with talent and that put the hard work in. It becomes close to impossible to pull through. The real lyricist become a needle in the haystack of garbage rappers.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
My city is a work of art. People see the grittiness of The Bronx and become intimidated. The X is just a misunderstood hood. What makes it more of a work of art is that it is the home of hip hop. It’s music scene is really lyrical and competitive. You have to master your craft here. Musically it’s hard out here and living out here is just as hard.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Do music for you. Stay true to you because this game tries to change you. Remember to put a piece of you in every song that you make. Never give up because one of your songs is touching somebody somewhere; possibly even changing their life.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I would have to say two great things happened to me. I worked with Joell Ortiz and Jason De Rienzo on the Grind Time Remix track on my mixtape 6 Days 7 Nights and I was on The Source magazine with CVSH MOBB which was a wonderful blessing.
What is your inspiration?
My daughter is my inspiration. The ability for a human to be innocent and genuine is something society lacks. I am inspired by how a child can teach me to be a better person.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Honestly it feels like it. Look at the people making it. I just think it comes down to hard work and dedication.