“It’s hard to just be an artist who creates because there’s always someone criticizing. I try to stay in my lane and just do what I feel and sounds right to me.”

Check out the interview with Jah Allah exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Jah Allah:
I don’t know if my journey has even begun yet. I’m still so new, so fresh, and so raw. I started at a young age. I always loved music, it just helped me escape sometimes. I really got into it and started taking it serious around 15 or 16. I’m 21 and I’m doing pretty well, only time will tell where I’ll go from here.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Do what you want. There’s always gonna be somebody that wants to take you off that ladder. Just stay focused and steady. This game can really destroy you mentally, be prepared for some scars.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
With still working a part time job and boxing, I don’t really have the resources right now to do what I want. I still find time, and I try not to let my surroundings get the bet of me. It’s hard to just be an artist who creates because there’s always someone criticizing. I try to stay in my lane and just do what I feel and sounds right to me.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The more material the better. Expand with videos, shows, mags. Keep picking at it. Open mics and social media. We’re in a time where the internet rules, it’s easy to expand your material.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Albany is great, some people just don’t see it. It’s hard out. If people worked more together it could happen. Sometimes it feels like hope is lost, it just takes one person to build it up. Albany had so many great artists, I’m just trying to make my city a major force when it comes to rapping.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Performing somewhere, backstage having conversations with someone big, or hopefully getting signed.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Growing up I had a hard childhood. I can actually say I’m inspired by is my mother and grandmother who both raised me. All the men in my life growing up were either dead, in prison, or too weak to show me the way; so I found my own.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I really don’t wanna say too much about this. Music is everywhere, you can’t really judge it because every type has its advantages and disadvantages.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jahmaine-boyd