“You just have to be hungry for this, not many people locally get big. Niggas be like 30 or 40 years old still rapping locally. They didn’t start out young so if you really want that opportunity, start young in your teens. The sky is the limit and just have faith and God will work it out for you…”
Check out the interview with King $o$a exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
King $o$a: Coming into the music industry I didn’t even have money for recording and shit. I didn’t even have money for producers either. Me and my bros would record on our phones and speakers. What we did was collab with the other rap groups we had at the school we all went to the same high school. I started rapping my junior year of high school and I just graduated high school this year. Anyways in 2015, eventually we would save up money to go to a studio and actually record, so it was pretty cool I enjoyed it.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Well what I do is just promote it on my Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Add me on Instagram 🙂 @kingsosahoncho I follow back and shit, so it’s nothing, I love to interact with my fans.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Well just dealing with the negativity of the music fans. My first song I recorded, I put it on YouTube the people hated it, but to me for my first time, I thought I sounded damn good. I put it on Soundcloud and people fucked with it heavy, so I salute the people who fucked with it. I appreciate ya’ll, but I’m slowly getting better at making music. I’ve only been doing this for a year, but I’m still a rookie to dis rap shit. Like Meek Mill said, there’s levels to this shit.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Well where I’m from, San Diego,California, it’s not really well known for music. You look at other cites like Atlanta, Chicago, Texas, Miami, LA, etc, they’re winning a lot because the music attention has always been covered on their cites, and that’s what I hate about the music scene in my hometown. We are really talented rappers if you ask me. They are way better than the mainstream rappers you hear nowadays. These dude’s music belongs on the radio that gets national attention everywhere. I fuck with San Diego Rappers heavy. Shout out Hardini, Dbar, Mitchy Slick, KT Foreign, Tribe. Those niggas are up next. Shorties putting in. Shout out AlmightySwaggah, Lil Madness, Double 007, Cheif Set, M$R they next up out of Daygo as well.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Well I’m looking forward to see what the future has to bring with all these new talents coming up. Me, I really don’t worry about the future. I’m just focused on whats now, which is me. I am just doing me , but for the artists we hear nowadays, hopefully they can keep up the good work. It’ll be good to see future artists work with big time artists.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Just do you fam, just go out and work for it. Nothing in life is free, you gotta work hard to get what you want. Start while you’re young like me. I’m only 18 years old and I started rapping last year in 2014. The music I put out, I get plenty of feedback from it in a positive way, and there is nothing wrong with being a local rapper at first. we all got to start from somewhere. The big time artists you hear of today started out locally too. Now look at them now, they’ve got sold out shows, album sales going up, millions of fans and all that good stuff. You just have to be hungry for this, not many people locally get big. Niggas be like 30 or 40 years old still rapping locally. They didn’t start out young so if you really want that opportunity, start young in your teens. The sky is the limit and just have faith and God will work it out for you. Never stop striving for success, there is no limit on success. Keep going, it will pay off in the end trust me.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Honestly, I just inspire myself to just go in the booth and just go hard on every beat. I doubt myself sometimes if the song will be good or not, but I just boost my self up, and just do it like Nike
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I really don’t take any steps. The beats that my producer sends to me and my verses that I write to it has to fit the beat. Sometimes I go and add some things, or I just leave it the way it is. That’s just me and how I do my music.
What do you think makes a great song?
It’s all about being consistent. Consistency is the key to making a hit song. You’ve got to have the right producer with a catchy hook. Nowadays that’s what gets people attention. It’s your choice to have a couple bars here and there for your verses, but not really. The hook is what really sells. If you want to make a song that should be on the radio, you need to work with a producer that’s experienced. For example Fetty Wap’s Trap Queen didn’t get famous until this year. I admire his career a lot. Once that song went viral, he blew up big. Now everybody’s on the Fetty Wap train. You’ve just gotta give the people what they want.