“Shit, if you want to make it out here you gotta be posting on social media and networking with others involved with the people.”

Check out the interview with Peyton Mikail exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Peyton Mikail:
This has been with me all my life. I was introduced to hip hop by my older brothers whom were both deeply influenced by the culture. I grew up listening to a wide span of artists ranging from Pac, Nas, Biggie, Mac Dre, Outkast, A Tribe Called Quest, E-40; the list goes on and on.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Anyway, anyhow is what I say. Shit, if you want to make it out here you gotta be posting on social media and networking with others involved with the people.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
The greatest version of myself. Nothing more, nothing less.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Money to be honest. The talent part is easy if you’re working hard at your craft, but once you start doing your homework that’s when you start seeing the differences in muthafuckas.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m from Kansas City, MO. The rap scene here is very competitive making hard for many of us to come up. We have a lot of history in the hip hop game. We were one of the first cities to support bay area artists (if not the first). We have a lot of local legends who could have made it big but chose to stay local and support the town.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Stay focused, don’t procrastinate.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Honestly, I’m still waiting on that best moment.

What is your inspiration?
God, family, the streets, my people (black people), and love.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Are you fucking kidding me (laughing)? Yes of course anyone can be successful in today’s world of music. This is the best time to be in music or to be in anything for that matter. There’s too much technology out here to not be striving for riches. Get yours.

Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: Peyton Mikail
Instagram: @peyton_mikail
Twitter: @PeytonMikail