“That’s why my project For the Sake of the City was created. I felt like we have to go back to a time when the city was vibrant. The 90s was that time, the golden era of rap. I put a current spin on it and made some timeless music in the process.”
Check out the interview with Eno Abasi exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Eno Abasi: It started through my brother. I would always listen to his collection of music. That’s where I found artists like Nas, Mobb Deep, and Raekwon. And in hearing it I fell in love with the wordplay, the storytelling, the bravado, and the swag behind the music and the culture. I loved it enough that I wanted to be a part of it.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
As a new artist you have to stay hungry and determined. Success is where preparation meets opportunity. Stay sharp and ready for the chance to present itself. Social media is a must, but also hitting the open mic scene and networking with college radio.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
The sky’s really the limit. I want to rock festivals, win Grammy awards, and sell major records. Most important is to inspire a generation behind me to fall in love with hip hop and the culture in a way that previous greats have done before me.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The lies. It’s hard to determine who’s real. You have to keep your circle small and trust your talents. It isn’t the music business, it’s the business of music; the same rules apply.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
NYC is the birth place of hip hop, but it hasn’t felt like that for some time. It’s missing that spark. That’s why my project For the Sake of the City was created. I felt like we have to go back to a time when the city was vibrant. The 90s was that time, the golden era of rap. I put a current spin on it and made some timeless music in the process.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Stay hungry, trust in your talents, and know that your sound isn’t for everybody. Most great artist are polarizing. I can walk down the street and have 50 people love Kanye and 50 who will hate him. Be true to yourself and believe your purpose is to spark something that hasn’t been done before.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Being able to rock a stage and feel the love from the crowd. I’ve been featured in magazines, DatPiff.com, and Thisis50.com; nothing compares to the stage.
What is your inspiration?
I’m inspired by thought provoking bars! The ability to be a wordsmith and shape the world through my music. I remember listening to songs over and over just to break down lyrics and schemes. I want to inspire a generation behind me to do the same, especially in New York.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Absolutely! The game has changed so much! You don’t need a label anymore to be successful or gain notoriety. In fact, by the time it gets to radio or a label, it probably means it’s been bubbling for some time now. The internet has revolutionized how music is seen and heard.
Where can we find you on social media?
Twitter: @Brother Abasi