“When it comes to music, being yourself is not what it used to be. I think that’s why we’re so divided in music today. Don’t be afraid to evolve no matter what people say.”

Check out the interview with OxThe3rd exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
This is kind of complicated, but I didn’t want to be in music at first. I had so many options of what I could’ve been, but also because no one expected this of me and neither did I. Through high school I rapped for other students, participated in talent shows, and during senior year I was recruited for vocal jazz classes, poetry events, and rapped at multi-cultural festival. At 18 I achieved a lot from recording for the first time ever.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
There’s many ways you can promote yourself. I use it all, everything except for Twitter. Also I perform, you should always perform. I believe that getting a reaction and connection from an audience on stage is much more important than just dropping a song out of nowhere on social media where not everybody knows who you are.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Martial artist, college graduate with a degree in the performing arts and sociology, rapper, singer, producer, poet, director, award winning actor, fight choreographer, public speaker, creator of my own comic book, an entrepreneur, an humanitarian. Most of all I want to show the true meaning of what it really means to know God.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Being your own artist. Not trying to be like everyone else. I know for a fact that not everyone in my city specifically will vibe to my shit. Nearly everyone is about that street shit, that’s what’s popping in my city right now. So for someone who’s trying to be more creative, it’s harder to get more followers and to build up a fan base. It’s much more challenging.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Syracuse is what I call a beautifully destructive city. When it comes to the music scene, people don’t really support each other. There’s been plenty of times when an artist expected me to share their shit on social media but wouldn’t do the same for me, or when people tell me how they’ll go listen to my shit but never do.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
When it comes to music, being yourself is not what it used to be. I think that’s why we’re so divided in music today. Don’t be afraid to evolve no matter what people say. If you feel it in your heart that something isn’t for you as an artist and you still try to mimic the likes of another artist, people are going to see right through you and eat that shit up.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
By far it’s getting chosen for an interview by SKILLY Magazine.

What is your inspiration?
My inspiration can be from people to things. Eminem, The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, Lana, Del Ray, etc. each of them has a unique artistic trait that I apply to myself as an artist and as an entertainer. As for things, I can draw inspiration from quotes, movies, shows, and life experiences.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, of course. Look at Chance The Rapper, look at less mainstream artists like Danny Brown, those two created classic projects, bodies of work that only them as artists had to take time to put together. The result was that their bodies of work spread across the internet, across the world, because of their hard work.

Where can we find you on social media?
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCHCAS58GGLhrohs2KGJ1EQg
Facebook: OxThe3rd
Instagram: @year_of_the_ox