“My most vital piece of advice to young kids trying to become an artist is to believe in yourself. Have that confident swagger, but also remain humble.”

Check out the interview with Lil Taiquan exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Lil Taiquan:
It all actually started in 6th grade. I was in English class and my teacher had us do a poem assignment. I started just rhyming words together. It felt right and I had fun doing it. I don’t even think I have any of my old poems, but it transpired into me becoming an artist. I started actually taking it serious when I was 17 or 18.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My most vital piece of advice to young kids trying to become an artist is to believe in yourself. Have that confident swagger, but also remain humble. Grind hard for what you want, and find yourself and be different.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
One of the hardest challenges I would say is figuring out which song to put out 1st or on a mixtape because as an artist you should like all of your songs. It’s kind of hard to pick which one you like the most, and finding time to make music videos.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Honestly, the best way is word of mouth. Once you have people that support you they’ll spread your music and tell people about it. A fan base is a very important part of promoting and advertising. Each of my fans are special to me. I like to talk and get to know them so their love and support is genuine.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Long Island, NY is great, but everything out here isn’t like the Hamptons; there’s hoods out here too. Nassau and Suffolk County is home to me and the artists out here are dope. It seems like nobody gives the island that recognition. The fans are the best as well, but you do have the few trying to stop your grind.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
In a Kanye West kind of position. I would like to become a mogul such as Jay-Z, but that’s long term. A year from now I just want to do more shows, possibly a tour, and travel get up out of this hood I’m in.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My mother’s a big inspiration. She use to rap back in the day, but she got pregnant with my older sister and stopped pursuing it. Tupac’s also a big inspiration, his music helped me get through rough times back when I was on probation and everything. I only want to create a path and legacy for myself. I wouldn’t want to be anyone else.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music coming out today? It’s cool. I think my style is between new and old school. I like to have hard banging beats, but lyrics to make it go that much harder like Wiz Khalifa, Desiigner, and Kanye West; also old school artists like Rakim, Biggie, and Nas. I like a bunch of artists, those are just to name a few.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Instagram @the_real_lil_taiquan
Twitter @Lil_Taiquan
Facebook: LilTaiquan
YouTube: LilTaiquan1
Reverbnation: Lil Taiquan
Soundcloud: Lil Taiquan