“I don’t really look up to many people in today’s world. I don’t feel like I need to. Why not admire myself and push me to be someone who is good enough to be looked up to?”

Check out the interview with Pope Gregory exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Pope Gregory: I used to always mess around with hip hop and rap growing up. Freestyle a little bit maybe. Nothing serious. Not until around 2012 when a couple friends of mine wanted to start a rap group. Since then we’ve gone our separate ways, but that is what pushed me to be more serious about my writing. I don’t think I got good until this past year and a half though. That’s when I started releasing material.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t have too many people in your ear telling you what’s right in the industry. A couple mentors/friends are good to have but in the end, it’s your art. It’s got to come from you.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Finding inspiration would have to be the hardest thing. It doesn’t come from places of deep emotion for me most times. Just living life and experiencing different things will be what makes me write. I could go months without a verse or a bar but then find a beat or something that sets me in motion again and I’ll have made some of my favorite verses.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
There are a couple ways. Word of mouth is the classic. I also have found a program called Free the Cloud that has a radio and does a weekly playlist of artists they promote.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
The artists in Atlanta have two sides in my opinion. The guys who all want to sound like Future or Thug and the other side which I call the melting pot. It’s where you’ll find artists like myself, Raury, Flay the Prophet, EarthGang, and Jarren Benton. We kind of challenge what it is to be from Atlanta. The fans here are super loyal which is awesome. If you meet a diehard fan of any artist, they will back that artist to any end. They will come out for every show, buy the t-shirts, the whole nine.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself back on stage. I haven’t done many shows since last year and I plan to change all that this year. I want to put together a mini tour of sorts to get my name out there more. Online promotion is fine but nothing beats a concert to sell someone on your brand.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Musically I’d say Ludacris, T-Pain, Krizz Kaliko, Childish Gambino, and Lil Wayne would be some big influences. I love the way most of these artists will blend genres and borrow other styles to bring them to hip hop. I don’t really look up to many people in today’s world. I don’t feel like I need to. Why not admire myself and push me to be someone who is good enough to be looked up to?

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I’m conflicted because a lot of it is the same rhetoric but in the right setting; it’s great to party too. Everyone has a job to do in hip hop and you got to have your party artists. I just think there are too many people trying to do the same job the same way and that gets boring.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Soundcloud: popegregoryxiii
Email: PopeGXIIIBooking@gmail.com