“Most hip hop artists are migrating to dubstep/trap beats and that’s crazy. I feel bitter sweet about it because it’s changing the culture. It’s turning it into something anybody and everybody can do, and that is where hip hop differs.”

Check out the interview with POP’KiDD exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
POP’KiDD: I actually started off as a kid growing in Buffalo, New York. My mom really got me into music at a young age because she would always play Earth, Wind & Fire all day, every day. She still has that CD and we sing word for word. That was what really started me, but also my uncle Lonnie got me playing the piano at age 3/4.

Once I started playing, I started making beats and from there started writing. I wrote my first verse at 6 and just kept progressing. Now I have my first mixtape out and is doing pretty well for my first year out.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Being my first year actually putting out music and starting this journey, I’m still on the basics which is Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. I’m looking to have my own website by the end of the winter.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
One of the hardest challenges I have to say for me is just the sound. The new sound is just different. I overcome it by just staying in my own lane. I’m not worrying about what other artists are doing, but remaining myself. I know my music will be appreciated and respected. It just takes longer for artists who remain outside the box.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Depends on which one. Back in Buffalo the sound is more like the drill music in Chicago. Same style, flow, type beats. I really don’t like it because it’s kind of boring.

Back in Tampa, where I’m located, the sound varies. It has its own sound which is pretty dope and cool. But most artists are going with that future style flow. I can’t lie, some artists out here are dope and stand out from the ordinary, but most of them are on the same boat. I’m on my own out here.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I feel the future of music is going to evolve. Most hip hop artists are migrating to dubstep/trap beats and that’s crazy. I feel bitter sweet about it because it’s changing the culture. It’s turning it into something anybody and everybody can do, and that is where hip hop differs. But only time will tell.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Only advice I can give is be yourself. Don’t fall into the hype. You can still have your own style and make it. It may take longer, but it will be worth it staying true to yourself. Another piece of advice is never give up on your dreams. Even when the ones you love doubt you.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Life. Whether it’s an old memory or something that just occurred. I always make my music relevant to something I’ve been through and others can relate to.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I first go through lists of beats. Then I write them down and just listen. For a day or two I just listen and let my mind find a good concept or melody and then I just go from there.

What do you think makes a great song?
I think a good song really comes down to how you feel. It’s your art.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
YouTube: @popkidd
Twitter: @iamdatkidd95
Instagram: @popboykidd
Facebook: @Donnell.coston

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