“I’ve literally had sleepless nights and stayed up days at a time. But it’s necessary to see the grind payoff. At a time like that, it’s hard to remember to picture the big picture, but then I have to sit back and focus and remember what I’m trying to manifest.”
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SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
G.A: I started as a kid writing poetry, then writing songs, then making beats, and somewhere in the middle having a smart A&R offer me to be a ghostwriter for their rappers because they said, “I didn’t have the look.” Now I’m here after years of hard work to almost where I want to be.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I’d say what my mom told me when I had my first song go somewhat viral underground. Basically, I had thousands of yes’ and support but I literally had one person leave a negative comment. I let that comment eat the hell out of me and started to question myself. My mom told me when we talked about it, that some people are going to love you and some people are going to hate you before they even hear you, when they see you they are going to make up their mind that they don’t like you and there is nothing you can do about it. Just ignore them and keep doing you. Best advice of my life!
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Time management, believing in myself when it felt like no one else did, and deciphering the fakes out to waste your time and money. I’ve met some really talented artists with terrible work ethic and lack of love for making music that also complain of lack of opportunity. I’ve literally had sleepless nights and stayed up days at a time. But it’s necessary to see the grind payoff. At a time like that, it’s hard to remember to picture the big picture, but then I have to sit back and focus and remember what I’m trying to manifest.
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 such as YouTube and not spamming family, friends, and people’s inboxes or DM’s so to speak. Look for people who have a history of results and work with them. Create a marketing, promotion, and digital media team and let them do what they do. And you do what you do, which is/should be focusing on your craft and being the best artist you can be.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city is Avondale, Arizona and it is very slept on as we have tons of talents from other rappers, singers, and producers. As for the fans I feel like they are like our sport’s fans where they are dying to see one of us win and make it big. Some have had deals and talent to back it, but didn’t quite hit so to speak and didn’t make it big as we all hoped for and expected. I love our fans and the other artist as they keep me hungry, creative, and constantly striving to be the best artist I can be as I know there are so many amazing talents near me already – special shout out to my sound engineer/producer who is incredibly talented Virgil Whitehead.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from now like anyone else I’m going to be another year older, emphasis on the word older. So a year from now I’m putting it on myself to make it big with this music. I have a daughter I want to give all the best of everything in the world. That’s my driving force to make this happen.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Biggest inspiration – no doubt my Tata and Mom. My Tata was my hero, like Superman to me, God bless his soul and a man amazing enough to not only raise 7 children but as a bus driver being a man to guide children in the school when they needed guidance growing up. So many people showed up when he passed all stating the impact he had on their life…I grew up without a father in my life who lived blocks away but chose to not be a dad still, but my Tata made me not feel inferior for that situation and always let me know I was special and meant to do special things. My mother sacrificed so much of her joy, dreams, and time for me. She inspired me to be a great, not just artist but father and person in general.
Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Hillary Clinton, Corey Booker, Bernie Sanders, and all of the #MeToo women that were courageous enough to speak up and make this world a better place for young ladies such as my daughter in the future.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I do, I like the R&B side of things that is amazing right now with so much talent in mainstream and underground. I like hip hop just not mumble rap. I honestly feel we in rap/hip hop do have a lot of opportunities we are missing out on. Such as speaking about political matters, black lives matter, and speaking of our women in a better matter and nature, in my opinion, the way Hollywood and politics treats/treated as I hope it is past tense, has a lot on our shoulders. Women are Queens not thots, ratchets, hos, or whatever you want to say in a song to sound cool, but if you portray that to our youth then that mindset will continue and we need to take heed and lead our young men to be more respectful and leaders in general.