“It’s hard to trust anybody in this music business, from lawyers to producers to artists to managers. Trust is the main thing.”
Check out the interview with Play Riley exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Play Riley: I started to write lyrics during the age of 14 and went to my first studio a year later. I also learned how to engineer from recording myself which also helped me later grow relationships with major and indie artists.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Best way is social media and a lot of footwork in the streets. Can’t be lazy.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I really just want to become an idol for the rough and poor communities and for the black youth to let them know it’s still hope and a way out.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
It’s hard to trust anybody in this music business, from lawyers to producers to artists to managers. Trust is the main thing.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
It’s hard to make it out of my city. Everybody is playing for keeps. The music scene is fake ass shit. The radio station dick rides major Artists which means it makes it harder for us to get spins. I have been here for 28 years, I have been living the same way – heartless.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Stay in your lane and believe in yourself. Keep pushing. There’s going to be haters, doubters, and a lot of obstacles. Do you.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Talking to Boo from Cash Money, Lil Wayne’s close friend. He actually pulled me to the side in the studio and told me, “Do your thing. Don’t ever stop. You got a sound.” Ever since then I have been on a mission. This a person close to Lil Wayne telling me I got what it takes.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is myself and my kids.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Not anybody but almost anybody, music is not the same as whole.
Where can we find you on social media?
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