“The greatest challenge that my caliber of artistry faces is what is now trending in the hip hop culture. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some trap music, but I listen to a select few who are real and it’s because the monotone state in hip hop. Same type of sound, lyrics, and image – just different players.”

Check out the interview with Pimp T exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Pimp T: It all started when I took my first poetry class at Mark Twain Elementary in Dallas, Texas when I was about 10. I fell in love with poetry first, although I enjoyed rap. I just couldn’t understand what was being said. Once I delved into poetry and understood that rap was a poetic art form, I took off with hip hop and have been on this journey since. I didn’t take on the business side of this entertainment until I was turned down by a well-known producer is Johannesburg, South Africa. It devastated me and I made my mind to be the one deciding my career.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I’m running a campaign called Take care of Momma and using that as a platform for the release of my second mixtape to the Rough Draft series. Reason being because I’m the type of artist that once you get to know me, Muzadi, then you will understand and love me for the artist that I am. I use creative ways to promote myself. I also do event promotions at different venues and use that as an outlet for my music. Since I put all the money down, it’s not an issue for me to get my music spanned.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge that my caliber of artistry faces is what is now trending in the hip hop culture. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some trap music, but I listen to a select few who are real and it’s because the monotone state in hip hop. Same type of sound, lyrics, and image – just different players. The consumers and I feel people want something different and I provide that. I use my marketing skills and creative promotion to overcome those obstacles.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my hometown of Kinshasa is totally different from my other home town Dallas. The Dallas music scene is good but just the same ole same ole. And that’s what I don’t like about it.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is bright. It changes according to trends, the success of the music solely depends on the artists. I feel that artists need to gain more control of their artistry by acquiring the skills on the business end.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Be you and do you. Trends may make it difficult or easy for you. Learn the business side of entertainment. Watch for fakes and snakes. Read the fine print and don’t give up.

What inspires you to write your next song?
I’m inspired by so much. It depends on emotions, life events, etc. I use it to express myself. I say how I feel and think through my music. It has a better impact.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Sometimes I drink and then write but never record that way. Sometimes I go to parks and enjoy the peaceful environment. When I have something in my head I find anything to write it down on also. However, for bigger projects I spend more time with the most high. Then when we’re done I go H.A.M.

What do you think makes a great song?
What makes a great song is when the artist is able to successfully convey his emotions. That will cause a great delivery and the sound engineers will do their thing and you have greatness. The state of mind of the artist when it comes down to recording is very crucial as well.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Instagram: @chrismuzadi
Twitter: @PimpTMusic
Reverbnation: officialPimpT
Soundcloud: p-i-m-p-t
Facebook: PimpTofficial