“I feel a lot of music right now is garbage. A lot of people are riding a trend. It’s called trap music. I don’t like it much. It’s just a bunch of Future, Migos, and Young Thug clones. I feel trap is dying out. Boom bap production is what the people are yearning for.”

Check out the interview with Mista O exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Mista O: I started rapping when I was a youngster in elementary school, just 9 years old. It was the time period of R. Kelly’s “Down Low,” Snoop Dogg’s “Santa Clause in the Ghetto,” Nonchalant’s “5 O’ Clock in Morning,” and Aaliyah’s “If Your Girl Only Knew.” Back then I would watch music videos on The Box where you had to order videos by dialing a 3 digit number.

The rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony had a song out called “First of the Month and they influenced me to do music. It made me an emcee of me. The music game is hard, but I kept rockin’ and rollin’ through thick and thin. I feel my persistence will pay off.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I would tell them to stick to their guns. Don’t believe what people say what you should do as an artist. Let people motivate you to dominate the field you choose. Always believe that you will be successful. I’ve heard a playa once say, “It’s lonely at the top, but it’s action packed at the bottom.” Where do you want to stand at? And always trust and believe in God no matter what.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
At times it can be motivation, creativity, and finances. Eventually you shake it off and the little problems will be over.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Various spots. Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud, World Star, Hype Magazine, Vladtv, etc. If you want to see change with your campaign you got to spend some change.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Baltimore, MD. People don’t come together unless you die or you came up in life. Ignorance is at a very high ratio in the 410. I can testify to it. We have some good artist in my city like King Los, Tate Kobang, Lor Scoota, and yours truly. The fans are cool if they believe in your shit. That’s Baltimore for you.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Dominating music, traveling, and expanding my horizon.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I get inspiration from hard times and knowing it’s going to be over soon. I don’t look up to too many people in today’s world. I just keep it a 100.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel a lot of music right now is garbage. A lot of people are riding a trend. It’s called trap music. I don’t like it much. It’s just a bunch of Future, Migos, and Young Thug clones. I feel trap is dying out. Boom bap production is what the people are yearning for. I’ll tell you something. When I was a youngster Missy Elliot made a song called “The Rain” and it’s still popular now.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Twitter: @MistaO1987
Instagram: @mistao87
Facebook MistaO87boy
Soundcloud: mista-o