“Never let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough. Stay focused on you and not the people around you.”

Check out the interview with DopeHouse Mike exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
D.M: It all started with the artists that came before me. N.W.A, Spice 1, E-40, Snoop, Dre, UGK, Eight Ball & MJG Jay Z, Scarface and so on. I remember writing my raps thinking this is the best way to express who I am. I remember being around my dad and he was always singing. His favorite artist was Sam Cook. Being around that and growing up in the Midwest is where I gained my love for music.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The best advice I can give is to keep God first. Don’t give up on your dreams. Never let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough. Stay focused on you and not the people around you. Stay in your lane. Stay down until you come up. Don’t hang around the fucking nig–s. Always stay ready for the bullshit.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The most challenging task is managing my time. Who I spend my time with and how I spend my time is one of the most challenging tasks. I’m always traveling and on the move. I try to spend more time at home. I believe that’s where the real love is.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social media is the best way to promote your music, I believe. Most of it is free and you can reach a worldwide audience instead of just the local people.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from E. St. Louis, Il. The E Side of Nelly. Home of Tina Turner, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Darius Miles, and Michael DopeHouse Mike Robertson. Its a love-hate relationship with other artists and fans. Its been a love-hate relationship between E. St. Louis and St. Louis ever since I can remember.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Further than where I am today. Doing more with the clothing line and being more involved with the decision making. Maybe working on expanding my family.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My kids inspire everything I do. The black leaders who came before me and made a change in the world is always an inspiration.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I do like some of it. You have to give the new artist a shot to see what they bring to the table.

Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
Website: DopeHouseMike.com
Instagram: @dopehousemike
Facebook: dopehousemike
Snapchat: dopehousemike