“I refuse to change. A lot of artists change who they are to stay relevant, but the people who’ve stay relevant for decades are lyrical artists. If you want a lasting career you need to have some substance.”

Check out the interview with Dyverse exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
My journey really started when I was in Virginia and met some people connected to D-12 when they were on tour. Soon after that I began traveling to Detroit on a regular basis networking and connecting with people in and around Eminem’s camp, mainly Proof who I first met at a Fat Killahz video shoot. I also started meeting different producers and all of the top artists in Detroit and began to make a name for myself.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I would tell them to be original, be creative, put some substance into your music, and make the music you want to make. So many aspiring artists are constantly looking at other artists and imitating what they see instead of being themselves. If 10,000 people are going the same way then why would you want to be 10,001? What makes you stand out?

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest task is to be a lyrical emcee when the rap game’s based off simplicity and turn up music. I refuse to change. A lot of artists change who they are to stay relevant, but the people who’ve stay relevant for decades are lyrical artists. If you want a lasting career you need to have some substance.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Having a good team behind you that’ll not only promote online but also in the streets. Now’s a great time to be an independent artist because there are multiple ways to get your music out there and make a sizable income. You just need people in your corner that will support you like they do these celebrities that they don’t know.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Harrisburg, PA which has an extreme amount of talent but has no outlets for exposure. Most of the venues won’t allow or don’t allow hip hop music because they say it promotes a bad element for their business. Also the radio stations around here don’t support local artists and rarely play hip hop music. It’s very hard to build a fan base.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Hopefully doing better than I’m doing now. Creating more music and expressing on a much larger platform. I’d like to get involved in movies and television. When I decide to stop making music I would like to become an executive either at a label or within Hollywood.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I look at guys that didn’t let what people said stop them from achieving their goals. I love stories about the underdog that everyone betted against that ended up on top of the world. There are so many people I could name that inspire me that there isn’t enough paper, but people who believed in themselves when no one else did inspires me.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
There’s a lot of artists I like today, but 90% of the music today is garbage. They don’t even say words anymore, there’s no substance in the music. They say that you got to evolve, but how are you evolving by simplifying your music? I’m all about the game evolving and elevating, but if you ask me it’s deteriorating.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.therealdyverse.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RealDyverse
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheRealDyverse
Instagram: www.instagram.com/Therealdyverse

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