“My biggest inspiration is Nas. The way he delivers a rap brings more visuals to my mind than anyone else I have ever listened to. I respect Future’s work ethic as well, you can tell he works hard on his craft.”

Check out the interview with Mike Crump exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business?
Mike Crump: This all started in my old Honda Civic. I wrote my first song and asked my friend what he thought about it. I never looked back after that moment.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest thing is make sure you put your heart in whatever you do and try and stay consistent.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest part is always getting to the next level. You have to believe what you’re doing is working and take note of the progress or lack thereof.

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 to go about promotion is 50% social media and 50% leg work. I think both are crucial to the success of an artist.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Philadelphia is a take no crap city. If you want to be recognized here you have to put in the work. Gimmick rappers don’t make it in my city, come real because that’s all the artists and fans know around here.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself further than I am right now, whether in a Civic or a Benz. Consistency and progression go hand in hand.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspiration is Nas. The way he delivers a rap brings more visuals to my mind than anyone else I have ever listened to. I respect Future’s work ethic as well, you can tell he works hard on his craft.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I do like the music that’s coming out, but I think there’s a lot of really good music out there that just needs more exposure.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/mike_crump
Instagram:@mike_crump
Twitter: @mike4_crump
Facebook: @mikecrump4k

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