“When I step on the mic I want to educate and open eyes. I want people to be aware of what’s going on around them and how they can change these circumstances.”

Check out the interview with Rage exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
My journey started when I was really young, I say about 3 or 5. My brothers are very talented individuals, one can sing and the other can rap; both can act. They sparked my interest in the arts and pushed me to try writing poetry and rhymes at a very young age. The hunger and passion grew when I was 10 when I heard Kanye and Lupe for the first time.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
In middle school and my freshman year of high school I passed out hard copy CDs to classmates and staff. The summer before my sophomore year is when I started uploading my tapes online and using social media. I also would drop tape after tape only a few weeks apart from each other hyping up the up and coming tape in the tape I had just dropped.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge is getting my message across in an industry that’s become oversaturated with watered down pop rap. I overcome this stigma by always stepping correct and giving the fans I have amassed over the years great material after great material. I always try to top myself because I see myself as my only competition.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in Chicago is very versatile. Earlier in the 2010’s drill was the in thing for a lot of young artists. I’ve watched some of the guys I came up with who were powerful lyricist switch up and compromise just to be heard. The things they were saying they were not living and I thought my career was doomed because I refused to do that.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is going to be great, we’re heading for another golden age. Being in the underground you meet and interact with a lot of dope artist and there are a lot of artists just waiting for their time to blow and bring some raw hard hitting bars back into the game.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Keep working and keep grinding. Don’t ever give up on your dreams. The only person that can stop you is you; life can change in an instant. Last year I was just some local rapper, now I got people offering me deals and I’m doing interviews like this. Just keep pushing because you’re going to make it.

What inspires you to write your next song?
I base every bar I come with on my reality, my perspective, and my life. When I step on the mic I want to educate and open eyes. I want people to be aware of what’s going on around them and how they can change these circumstances. I do it for the youth, but mainly I do it for these kids because we need to start building them up.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I start with thinking about the subject matter. After that I move into crafting my verses and while I’m doing that I’m humming the hook in my head. I don’t write choruses, I just freestyle what the beat and verses make me feel. I try to be as real and vivid as I can, but I also try to be responsible.

What do you think makes a great song?
When the artist is true and everything he’s saying is coming straight from the heart. People look at me weird when I list my inspirations and out of all the lyricist and legends I name Gucci Mane, Rae Sremmurd, and Waka Flocka Flame. That’s because I love people who are honest with themselves.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/franklin.simpkins
Twitter: www.twitter.com/RageFlow_Era
Instagram: www.instagram.com/rage.365
Snapchat: @fas411
Email: simpkinsfranklin@yahoo.com