“I think that being a rapper’s not only about drug dealing, sex, and bitches. You can be a rapper if you have a story to tell, if you have a message to send to the people.”

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

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
It all started years ago when my father taught me how to play the drums. He was a professional drummer and I got closer to music because of him. I started listening to different genres and styles from blues to heavy metal and I still do today. Rap music’s the genre that represents me the most; that’s why I decide to start rapping. The rhythm, the flow, the rhymes. I started singing for fun and that’s why I put vocals in my song trying to be a complete artist.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Keep it real no matter where you’re from. I think that being a rapper’s not only about drug dealing, sex, and bitches. You can be a rapper if you have a story to tell, if you have a message to send to the people.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest challenge is to fight with bigger artists. There’s so much competition, especially here in LA. Being white’s not a huge thing in the rap industry anymore, but if you’re white and you were not raised in the ghetto you can’t talk about that life in your lyrics.

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 the best way to promote music’s to find connections; talk to people, find exposure, and show them your skills. Social media’s a fundamental factor today. I use it as a way to get to the people. We use mobile phones every second and I want to take advantage of that and use it as the best way to make the people know my music.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Rome’s the most beautiful city in the world to me, my first love. It’s hard for me to get to the people there because most don’t understand the lyrics. I moved to Los Angeles three months ago and I can see that there’s a different approach to hip hop here. I love it. This is the city I want to live in. I love the people, the weather, and the girls too.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself here in LA making new music, new friends, new connections, and a new life. I’m a positive person and I believe in myself. I think that people will like my music. I’m really ambitious. I want to get to the top.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I get inspired by people every day. My lyrics are autobiographic most of the times. Life’s my biggest inspiration. I’m a big fan of Drake, Jay Z, and Kanye West. I like their music, lyrical geniuses. Maybe one day I’ll be on a track with one of them. That would be a dream come true.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I don’t like all the music that comes out today. I still don’t understand how some people can make money with shitty music and how people can have terrible taste. Music’s subjective, but there’s things I’ll never understand. On the other hand, there’s amazing artists who should be discovered and who don’t get enough credit for their amazing music.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
You can find my music on YouTube @PaintOfficial, on my Facebook page @Paint, on iTunes and Spotify. You can follow me on Instagram too @emanuelerizzopaint.