“The people. Everyone wants you to fail. You better expect it otherwise you’ll get back stabbed. I lost a lot of homies over the years because of the music.”

Check out the interview with R3 Music exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
R3 Music:
It all started when I was about nine years old. I was raised around rap and hip hop culture, so the music came to me naturally. I wrote 2 songs when I was eleven and those will be on the mixtape. I’ve been in the music game from a young age.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I do well anywhere you put me. I have good messages in my songs. I have relatable subjects, so my fans have something to relate to.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
The biggest rapper of all time. I will become the best. I think it takes time, but people have slept on me for a while so I’m just ready to start popping. I grind every day. Always find me in the studio.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The people. Everyone wants you to fail. You better expect it otherwise you’ll get back stabbed. I lost a lot of homies over the years because of the music. Homies would hit me up and be like, “Yo I’m gunna get with this party tonight. you swooping?” and I be like, “Nah, I gotta work and stay recording all night. Straight up fam.”

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
My city’s really nice during the day, but at night time it’s a whole different story. I rep PDX though. Music out here is really diverse. There’s a lot of different styles. I love living out here, I got to say though, if you don’t like the rain don’t come.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Strive all the time. Don’t stop grinding. Make your money and save it. Put it in for studio time and grind. Don’t trust anyone because people are dogs man, everyone wants you’re bone.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
When Swiggle Mandela said he needed me to go up in the game. We were all in a group meeting talking about inspiring people. When they asked me what inspires me to rap, I said the money and the fans. The money is a big deal because how are you gonna feed the family? How are you gonna feed your kids? With inspiration? Nah,you need money.

What is your inspiration?
The money and the fans. I take the rap game for real. No jokes, it’s all real. Fans show me so much love and the money for working and work is fun. I can work all day and not get bored. I love making music and the money is just plus on plus.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
No. Not if you slack off and act stupid with your money. You really have to have the talent, but honestly it’s about who you know and what you know to do with it.

Where can we find you on social media?
Soundcloud: R3 music
YouTube: r3music
Facebook: r3music
Snapchat: @ballerstadis