“One thing I like to push is that I produce my own music … I build straight from scratch with my keyboard, drum set, and a few effects or synths. This helps in making music that really does fit me and the styles I like to experiment in.”
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Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Planet The Rapper: Music began for me when I was 9 years old and my music teacher recruited me to play in the band. From that age I started playing the trumpet and studying a lot of music theory. I didn’t start becoming a recording artist until my mom’s neighbor wanted me to play a riff on the guitar for one of his songs. To see my music go into one of his songs was one of the coolest feelings and I was hooked ever since.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
One thing I like to push is that I produce my own music. A lot of the songs I make I build straight from scratch with my keyboard, drum set, and a few effects or synths. This helps in making music that really does fit me and the styles I like to experiment in. I would say it definitely helps my lyrics.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
The best ever. Simple as that. I don’t see my stage name as just that, I see it as a title that I have to work to earn. I want to be the best rapper on the planet. If I’m not aiming for that then what’s the point in doing it you know?
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing with being in the music business I would say is to understand what you’re getting yourself into. The industry requires a lot of work to be successful in it and even then you may not get the accolades you deserve. There’s definitely a risk factor in it where you may put in all this work and not get any of the credit.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Chicago is always live if you know where to look. As for the music scene, I love how it’s so diverse. Things like jazz and classical music are still very well alive in Chicago if you know where to look. Rap and Hip Hop are livid here and it’s amazing.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
I’m not sure if I can give any advice at the moment until my notoriety goes up. If there’s any advice I could give I would say to work at it every day and never lose sight. This goes tenfold for if you’re young. For me, I see my best days ahead of me all the time. Always aim to get better because you don’t know how far away you are from your goal.
What is your inspiration?
I pull inspiration from almost every genre, but this is mostly due to my background. As for rapping, I find myself influenced a lot by Kanye West, Drake, and Big Sean. Their flows are unique from time to time. I even listen to some Chief Keef from time to time. Not just because he’s a Chicago rapper, but also because the way he may attack a line is so different.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
That depends on what their measure of success is. I know some people who just want to make dope tracks for them and their friends to bang to. Then you have people like me who want to see how far they can push themselves into the industry. I do believe anyone can be successful in this.