“I really don’t know, the sky is the limit. Last year I was in my living room; hopefully in one year from today I can be on MTV or BET. I feel I deserve it.”
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Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
One: For me it started from IBS (Indiana Boy School), a juvenile D.O.C. program for violent youths. I started writing songs and performing in music class. 36 months later I was released and began recording in major studios with platinum producers.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Never wait on anyone. Procrastination is the killer to all dreams and most of all if you want to be successful chase your dream, live it and make it a reality
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Going from independent local artist trying to break mainstream radio. Not having the budget to compete with the elite. Getting your first hit record.
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 to promote and advertise your music on a limited budget is social media. I use social media 50%, the other 50% is the footwork at clubs, bars, theaters, etc. Your face card and name card will get you a long way.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I come from Indianapolis, IN. A city that has never had a major break out artist due to no unity among the city and other local artists. Some call it Nap Town due to the high murder rate. I call it NLC (No Love City). Despite the name I get a lot of love from fans.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I really don’t know, the sky is the limit. Last year I was in my living room; hopefully in one year from today I can be on MTV or BET. I feel I deserve it.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Cash Money. I was always influenced by Lil Wayne and looked up to Stunna. Now I try to be my own influence and inspiration to create my own lanes.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
It’s borderline all bad. I think a lot of rappers should play around with their creativity more because it’s all starting to sound the same with the auto tune hooks and sing along content. Lets bring rapping back.
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