“It’s hard to get listens/views because everyone and their mother raps or sings in this era which has caused a bit of a loss in its previous uniqueness to a certain degree.”

Check out the interview with Man’E ILL exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Man’E ILL:
I started rapping back in 2007 for the purpose of venting. It was a therapeutic release that just felt right. Learning to weed out the real and fake people you meet along the way is crucial. I learned that the hard way, but I’m much better for it because it serves as great motivation to this day. The journey is far from over.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Find yourself in the music. The key is to introduce yourself to as many different sounds/beats as possible. You may think you’re going to hate something, but then a melody you never thought of could pop into your head; that’s when the real fun begins.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
It’s hard to get listens/views because everyone and their mother raps or sings in this era which has caused a bit of a loss in its previous uniqueness to a certain degree. When you actually have the talent to back up your claim of being an artist, very few want to hear it because of the preconceived notion you may sound like the others.

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 best way has honestly been through Instagram and Tumblr. Random supporters have emerged through Tumblr. It’s all about the hashtags you use I guess. Hashtag game has been strong as of late.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Brooklyn, New York, so you know the artists and fans are lit. There is so much history in hip hop from New York alone it’s hard not to be inspired by your predecessors. The fans are always going to be live in New York no matter what. Lyricism is associated with New York hip hop, and I just want to make my city proud.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Hopefully more established with a lot more clout to my name and having checked off everything on my list of goals I aspire to achieve forcing me to create bigger, more intricate one’s going forward.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My mother is my biggest inspiration. She’s done a lot in her life with little to work with and has come as far as anyone could imagine. If we’re talking from an artist’s perspective, there are so many that inspire me such as Childish Gambino, Eminem, and any of the four members of the rap group Slaughterhouse.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
It varies for me. I’d be lying if I said I like every single thing that’s out, but I definitely feel there is a time and place for every type of song. I wish there was a little more lyricism in certain areas, but to each their own. I can’t really criticize as I’m not in a position to do so.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.maneill.tumblr.com
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/mane-ill
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ManEILLMusic