“To always believe in yourself, never give up, stay positive and optimistic, and have confidence in yourself. I had to have confidence in myself before I found it in my music. When you got those two things it’s so easy.”

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

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Kardi: It started in Peoria, Illinois at the age of 9 or 10. I was introduced to rap, hip hop, and r&b by my dad. I fell in love with the culture instantly. I picked up battle rapping from the drug dealers on the block. I would be in the backyard battling against grown men and woman.

I have not got major exposure yet, I’m just a kid trying to get big. I would like to prove it to myself and the ones who doubted me for so many years.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
To always believe in yourself, never give up, stay positive and optimistic, and have confidence in yourself. I had to have confidence in myself before I found it in my music. When you got those two things it’s so easy.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
1. I need to be in a bigger city.
2. I need to be with my bros in Chicago.
3. Working a job and doing music.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Post your music on Soundcloud and YouTube, work on mixtapes and get them streamed on Livemixtapes or MyMixtapes.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Madison, Wisconsin is cool. The music scene is starting to become bigger. I know a lot of local artists; I either went to school with them or met them through people.

I really do not have a big following here or in my hometown of Peoria, but I got people that have been supporting from day one. The few fans I do have are mainly females, they love the fact that I sing. It’s always been that way.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I would like to be overseas in London performing and being able to meet Tim Westwood and rap live on his radio show.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I am mainly inspired by things that go on around me; something someone might say or a picture can give me an idea for a song. I take that idea and run with it when I hear a beat. I can hear the words in the sounds. I can feel the emotion or the hate or the sadness.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I’m not too happy about today’s music, but I respect everybody’s hustle. Don’t get me wrong, there are people that make wonderful music but they don’t get enough credit.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: @Kardi Al Pacino
Instagram: @mbg_kardi

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