“… so if you have the drive to meet the people and hone your craft there’s definite success in your future.”
Check out the interview with New Legends exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
New Legends: We’re two cousins blessed to be born in the same family. This bond is what drives us to write. Our goal is to be part of something bigger and share that energy together with the world. We strive to connect with as many people as we can through the lyrics. The culture we all share in hip hop is something special that crosses borders line through races, religions and genders.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Best ways to promote ourselves is meeting the people. Doing shows, talking to the culture and the people that embrace hip hop makes sure we create the right soundtrack for our fellow hip hoppers. Now being able to reach out to Skilly and it’s family of hip hop, we’re excited to expand with likeminded collaborators.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
A wordsmith is what we want to be known for; clever delivery, amazing set ups and punchlines that make you say oh. We have been writing and emceeing for over 10 years, so it’s definitely not about fame and money. It’d the feeling when someone comes to us after a show tells me how lyrical my flow is or buys us shots after.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Getting the ears of the people in a very saturated music market always tough. Seems like there a lot of music singles but very few full bodies of work nowadays. Understanding the business and what makes a listener purchase records is a bigger science.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
We’re both born in Los Angeles. Mike da Middleman mid-teens moved to Inland Empire about 40 minutes away and now digs his flag pole in that land as his own. The B-boy scene runs deep and our graffiti art is top notch. There’s this underground pool of emcees with incredible bars and the movement slowly bubbles with our own incredible sound.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
I have one piece of advice I have for me, my cousin, and every independent artist trying to advance in music, unite. One voice can only reach so many people, but together our noise can shake the world. With serious artists sharing knowledge, resources, and coming together with the proper organization we can spread our message.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Rapping in New York the Mecca has to be the biggest highlights and the crowd rocking back priceless. Traveling and hearing feedback in Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Denver, and seeing our home crowd sing our lyrics back are memories that will cherished till death.
What is your inspiration?
The chance to imprint music in hip hop is a privilege. It’s our inspiration to leave a legacy and the reason we embrace the culture. We’re inspired to bring all the elements back, not just rhymes and full projects; B-sides and remixes. If we can reach the people we can shine more on some of our forgotten jewels that make this culture great.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
We think anyone can record but not everyone can be successful. No shots taking, but there a lot of lazy artists that don’t work after the song is done or skip studio. In my experience you get what you put in, so if you have the drive to meet the people and hone your craft there’s definite success in your future.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: www.kayatickstyles.com