“Sometimes it feels like there’s not enough time in the day to accomplish everything I want to do. My hardest challenge is time management. You have to manage your time wisely to be efficient.”
Check out the interview with MohamedX exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
MohamedX It all started back when I was a kid. I started rapping when I was like 10. My dad wasn’t around for most of my childhood, I was an angry kid. Music was my way to get my anger out. In high school I started making beats. I made two albums in high school and two more in college, but I didn’t start taking my music seriously until after college when I released my album Dxrty Dozen.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Be yourself, as cliché as it sounds. Don’t try to be something you’re not. Do you and don’t listen to anyone that tells you any different. Work. If you want to succeed at anything you have to be willing to put in the work.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Sometimes it feels like there’s not enough time in the day to accomplish everything I want to do. My hardest challenge is time management. You have to manage your time wisely to be efficient.
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 I’ve found to promote is to perform. Perform every chance you get. There’s nothing like connecting with people when you perform live and build that authentic connection.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from San Jose, California. We have a lot of talent, but San Jose isn’t exactly San Francisco or LA. We don’t get as much recognition. The fans show mad love though!
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself at the Grammy Awards.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Eminem is my favorite rapper. I would say he’s a huge influence. Kanye West is another inspiration of mine because he keeps it 200. Michael Jackson is another one of my biggest inspirations and the best entertainer to ever walk on earth in my opinion. Jay-Z is a genius musically and is business savvy.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
There’s the good, the bad, and the ugly. I appreciate art for what it is though. You can’t paint the world with one brush. Different types of music have a time and a place. I love To Pimp a Butterfly, but I’m not going to make love to it. I like pop/club/turn up songs in the right moment as well, but I don’t want to hear that all day.