“If given the opportunity, I want to do everything in my power to be one of the best ever to do it.”

Check out the interview with Omar RAPS exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Omar RAPS:
I’ve been rapping since I was a kid (12yrs old), but I really didn’t start making music till about 3 years ago. My brother really push me to do it because he saw something in me before anybody else even noticed it. I probably wouldn’t be making music if he wasn’t there to help me build the confidence I needed to move forward and put myself out there.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I would say the best way to promote yourself as an artist is using social media as much as possible. Get creative with what you post on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and your Facebook pages. Start performing at any lounge, club, event, and any open mic you possibly can. It helps you get better at selling yourself and interacting with the crowd and people.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I love hip hop. I really care about the culture, so I want to give the game what it needs. Not just what the labels think they can sell. If given the opportunity, I want to do everything in my power to be one of the best ever to do it.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The early stages of your career is probably the hardest part of the music businesses. You’re pretty much investing all of your money in your craft. I know I don’t make a lot of money at this time, so it can get difficult at times. So many people are making music now too, so it’s harder to get people’s attention in the music industry.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m from Chicago, there’s a lot of drill music that’s really poppin’ right now which is pretty much promoting a lot of violence in the city. We don’t need that, especially in the low income areas. There’s not enough resources, jobs, or activities for the black and Latino communities. So you hear that in my music. I’m aiming at a more positive vibe though.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Work hard, believe in yourself. Protect your dream and keep negative people out of you circle. If you can, build a good team around you.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Just me finally telling myself I’m gonna make music for real and really pursue this shit.

What is your inspiration?
My mother and brother. There is certain things, deep situations that involves them, and I have a sense of urgency to do this more than ever.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yeah, you just gotta keep pushing, evolving and bringing something different to the table. Do everything you can to be different from others.

Where can we find you on social media?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/omar-henao
Facebook: @OmarRAPSS
Twitter: @Omar_RAPS
Instagram: @omar.raps

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