“Always keep your head up and don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do it. I’ve been told that plenty of times, but I keep going. All you gotta do is believe in yourself.”

Check out the interview with L-Ace exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
I’ve always rapped, but I’ve never really showed anyone and I kinda kept it to myself. Last year I really started slamming it down and putting myself out there. I remember when I was little my older brother who raps used to have his friends come over and hit the studio in his room. I would sit outside the door listening and always wishing I could do it.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
You can’t just make one song, sit back and expect someone to come to you. Put yourself out there; no one will find someone that’s hidden in the shadows. You gotta force your way into this career if you wanna make a name for yourself. When you make music put it on all the social media you have..

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I really wanna come up on my own. That’s how I have done it so far. I couldn’t have without the support from my family. I’m not asking to be crazy famous to be honest, that’s not me. I’m a follower of Christ and he’s done well for me. I just want to send a message through my music and that’s what I thrive on.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about being in the music business is knowing that some people don’t like me and don’t like what I’m trying to do for myself and my family and other people out there.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Where I live is not really hard on the music. We got a couple people trying to make a living off rapping. I live in Chillicothe Ohio; I don’t expect much.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
I’ve heard it time after time, but it really does help. Always keep your head up and don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do it. I’ve been told that plenty of times, but I keep going. All you gotta do is believe in yourself. And most of all just rap the way you rap, not how you hear other people rap.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Bringing joy to people when they hear my music. I love seeing smiles on people’s faces after they listen to my music. I’ll admit I never was as good as I am now and as I look back on my older music I used to cuss a lot. I was just in the wrong with it. I’m keeping my music towards Christ now.

What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is seeing all these people listening to this new music and they can relate to it. I’m just trying to make music for people that don’t necessary like listening to profanity. I just want to make a difference that’s all.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes I do believe that anyone can be successful in today’s world of music. You just gotta keep practicing and you gotta know your worth. I say if you’re gonna do it then don’t give up on it. Do it until you’re number 1.

Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: Levi Hammond or BK Prod
Twitter: @Levi Hammond
Instagram: L_Ace_2016