“Our crime and murder rate puts us in the top 20 most dangerous cities due to loss of manufacturing jobs. My music is a representation of all of that. We call it ‘Grind Music.’”
Check out the interview with Money Mag exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Money Mag: It started in grade school for me fam. My school was in the middle of the hood, so I used to rap to keep from having to fight. Kids start wanting to be my friend after they heard me spit. I started to take it seriously after leaving college. I worked, sold weed, and mixtapes out the trunk of my whip to make ends meet.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Focus on being real, original, and perfecting your craft. Also, learn the business and invest in yourself. You are going to have to put in time, money, and a lot of work to make dope music and to get it out there. Surround yourself with people that believe in you and that are honest with you; no yes men in the squad.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Reaching fans outside of my local area and building a strong steady following. I hit the road and did shows throughout the Midwest and down south in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, etc. I pushed my music through multiple social media outlets and sold mixtapes out my whip.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I think one of the best ways to promote is through social media and online in general. You have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc where you can reach a lot of fans at once. I’m still learning how to master this, but I’m starting to realize the more I interact with potential fans and current fans the more of a following I get.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I rep Dayton, OH. Our crime and murder rate puts us in the top 20 most dangerous cities due to loss of manufacturing jobs. My music is a representation of all of that. We call it “Grind Music.” It’s a soundtrack to anybody that does whatever it takes to survive and persevere. Most of the artist and fans in my city can relate to it.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself with a stronger following and more connections in this industry. I know I got a sound that no one else has with a story that can motivate a lot of people in the inner cities across the globe. I know if this music hits the right ear it will go far.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspiration is my father. My father is one of the toughest dudes I ever meant. He taught me how to out think my problems, how to face my fears, stand firm, and just survive out here. I also look up to Jay Z, he’s a representation of the level of success I want to achieve.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I’m a fan of all types of music, I try not to talk down on the new waves. I can honestly say that some new rappers I don’t consider hip hop and they should have their own genre or lane to describe it. The music is who they are and I can respect that. I also feel there are a lot of new dope lyricist that are not getting enough attention.
Where can we contact you and find you online?