“Not only do I have to master the new rules to the game, I have to master the old rules too.”
Check out the interview with MadFlo Jr exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
MadFlo Jr: I started rapping when I was around seven years old. My older brother used to go to the beauty supply store and would get my granddad’s old cassette radio, and he would say rap. From there I always rapped and started writing songs when I was twelve.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest advice to all young kids, whether they are making music or not, is to make sure they love it. Whatever it is in life they plan on putting time and energy into, they have to love it. Nobody is going to give you any credit or praise you like you deserve, but if you love what you do you won’t need it. Money nor fame can give you that.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I’m very much dedicated to every small detail in my career, so I’m challenged every day. I have to create new and different music, and I have to create new opportunities for me and my team. At the same time I’m entrenched in the business, I have a little sister to look after too.
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 the best tool given to modern day artists like myself. We have to master the internet and master the way people consume information now. There is no getting around it. If an artist is only promoting himself or herself on social media, it will not work. Not only do I have to master the new rules to the game, I have to master the old rules too.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Chicago is a war zone. Competition is neck level and handled just like rival gangs in the streets. Instead of working together, a lot of artists hate on one another and compete instead of working together. It’s the reason a lot of our up and coming artists get killed, and the ones fortunate enough, and work hard enough go to be very successful.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I will be on a successful tour. I’ve been structuring everything to lead to that and spread my message to the world. I’ll get to work with people I feel are the best, and I’ll make them respect my craft as much as I respect theirs. Tribal Kingdom will expand as a family and great things will accompany that.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspiration was always my father, you can hear that in my music a lot. I never fully got that reassurance from him before he died to let me know I was doing well, and I strive for it even today. In today’s world, guys like Wiz Khalifa, J. Cole, ASAP Rocky, Rick Ross, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, and Drake get the utmost respect from me.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I love the music coming out. It’s the progression of something that cannot be silenced. Hip hop must grow before it can die. All the creative and innovative music coming out is probably the best thing hip hop could have did. Lyor Cohen said, “If you’re not busy being born, you’re busy dyeing.” I believe that has a lot of truth.