“No one has really come up with a distinctive sound yet, that’s why I’m here. It’s just breaking the mold that’s most difficult.”

Check out the interview with K.I.D.D. exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
I’ve always had a thing for music. I find anything that make sounds can be music, so to hear songs of all genres was amazing to me. I found a safe haven within hip hop. In the 3rd grade they were teaching us about rhyming words and I fell in love. I began to write full length songs by the time I reached the 4th grade.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Once you understand who you are as an artist you can better understand your demographic. The task is reaching that demographic. It takes time so understand that. And keep your day job. Rome wasn’t built in a day neither were your finances.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I always said I wanted to bring a Grammy to Cincinnati. Well, now I feel capable of bringing multiple Grammies to the Queen City. I want to establish myself within the city as an activist, a mentor, an emcee, and a philanthropist. As well as being a dominate force within the hip hop community independently through my label Longevity Productions, Est. 2001.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
In the words of the great Mahatma Gandhi, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Make sense? Stay true to you, everything else will follow.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
To be honest, I’ve been under a rock on the music scene but from what I see so far there is so much talent in Cincinnati, OH. It’s amazing. No one has really come up with a distinctive sound yet, that’s why I’m here. It’s just breaking the mold that’s most difficult.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Hell, I can give you this immaculate way of coming up. But I’m still trying to come up myself. I’ll keep you posted.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The Warning: Walking to. Check it out. The Warning: The Throne is coming soon. Stay tuned. I won’t let you down.

What is your inspiration?
Life in general. Genuine love and music. All this does not happen without the guidance of God, so big ups.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Hip hop has grown so much, it’s so diverse and it’s so beautiful. There is a balance that’s needed. As long as you find your demographic and can keep their interest you’ll be fine.

Where can we find you on social media?
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCAkMhk_WSLWzLSv07F26klA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/gerrickmartin
Twitter: @thekingvirgo513
Instagram: @thekingvirgo513