“Always be ready to spit for anyone because this guy may know a guy that knows a guy that knows Jay-Z. Word of mouth can go a long way.”

Check out the interview with Maurice Lydell exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Maurice Lydell
: I wrote my first rap when I was nine. Nothing too serious, just a little inspiration from hearing music on the radio. Fast forward a few years, around my eighth grade/freshman year of high school. I began diving in to the history of hip hop. KRS-One, Rakim, Biggie, Nas, just to name a few. And that’s how we got here.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Social media. Push your music. Open mics. If your friend is having a party at a local night club, ask to perform. Don’t be afraid to travel either. Always be ready to spit for anyone because this guy may know a guy that knows a guy that knows Jay-Z. Word of mouth can go a long way.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
The best to ever do it. I wanna sell the most records, I wanna reach the most people without having to change my music.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Knowing what moves to make and not make. Knowing where to perform and where not to.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Interesting. Music is rising here. We’re still slept on though. Fredericksburg, VA, it’s small but it’s home.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Believe in yourself. I rapped for years and never told anyone. I’d like to believe that was all in God’s plan. Trust the process.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I’ll be performing at SXSW in March. Great opportunity since I just came on the scene. I plan to make the most of it.

What is your inspiration?
The average person, the 9 to 5er. I rap for everyday people. I wanna give a voice to the people who don’t feel like they have one. I won’t stop until that happens.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
No. You have to be willing to put in the work. A lot of people make music but don’t make the effort to get themselves noticed. If you put everything into it, anything is possible.

Where can we find you on social media?
I have a project coming out February 1st called Black America in honor of Black History Month. I decided to do this to raise awareness of the challenges African-Americans face day-to-day.

Instagram: @Lydell19
Twitter: @KeepitontheLO_
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