“There’s plenty of new rap artists that I like and plenty I don’t. I think it will always be like that and that’s cool.”
Check out the interview with King Rob exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
King Rob: I wrote my first rap at nine and I became comfortable with words early on. First freestyles outside of my clique were in the courtyard in the morning when I was sixteen. I surprised everybody because they thought I was the last person to jump in the cypher and even be dope. After high school and a bunch of freestyle sessions that would result in people saying how dope I was, I became even more focused on really rapping.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
First, know who you are. Second, know what you are trying to say and how you want to say it. Third, know the potential outcome of what you say. Fourth, work hard to own yourself and your art. Five, be aware of who is really gonna be there for you. Six, break bread, diversify your portfolio, and thank God.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Resources and promotions. Independent artists that are trying to level up and monetize their art but maintain their livelihood with a moderate income yet invest in so many necessary avenues concerning your career is difficult, yet rewarding I believe.
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 internet is where it’s at, but I’m trying to monetize other business so I can quit my job and be in the streets with my craft. The internet is the wave right now but among the people is where I want to be.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Houston, Texas in my opinion is one of the greatest cities in the world for a number of reasons. I believe because of our diversity there are so many different styles of expression and you will have an audience no matter who you are.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
My businesses self-automated and monetizing themselves. My music very popular overseas and locally. Basically organizing the foundation of the conglomerate I’m creating.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Tupac definitely has been my biggest rap influence for reasons not related to rap. H.I.P.H.O.P inspires me as a whole because of what it was created for. Outside of that my influence is energy and the elevated consciousness that I know we must attain, so I’m motivated to create an atmosphere where we can cultivate that through hip hop.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
There’s good and bad in everything. The old heads from every previous generation have always been displeased with the younger generation’s choice in music. That’s nothing new. There’s plenty of new rap artists that I like and plenty I don’t. I think it will always be like that and that’s cool.
Where can we contact you and find you online?