“I want to retire my mother from her job, and put myself in a position to put people in better places myself included.”
Check out the interview with Ra$Ra exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Ra$Ra: I grew up listening to hip hop, rap, and r&b just like many others. I had an older cousin, Rob Jones (June Bug), who was engineering back in the late 90s/early 2000s. Some of his guys rapped and they were so dope to me. I started off rapping over their songs and rapping their songs as if I was performing it.
Shortly the whole movement with Timbaland was taking off, I’m a huge Aaliyah fan. Right after that Fabolous dropped Ghetto Fabolous, his flashy cocky style and wordplay really pushed me into my pad with a pen. I rapped throughout my school years and as of recently I started recording to try and make a name for myself. I got passion and love for the game and with today’s music being so versatile I feel it’s a lane for me too.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I think confidence is key. Anytime you need something, your approach will always make you or break you. Then there’s all these social media platforms like Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram. Upload your music and tag the absolute hell out of people until they either buy into your music or block. Besides those, do shows and always, and I mean always, have a copy of your music on you.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Ultimately, I want to make it to the music industry hopefully as an independent artist. I don’t want to grow older, have kids, and say “damn I should’ve gave that a shot before I had these responsibilities.” I got to get it for me. I want to retire my mother from her job, and put myself in a position to put people in better places myself included.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
So far is moral support. I get more love from strangers than people I’m under the same roof. I’ve come to terms with it, my dream and passions are not what fuels others so be it. Networking has been a small issue. People are so eager to talk and push their music and don’t ask you what your position in the music business is.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Joliet, Illinois, the music scene is dope. There’s a lot of talented artists and producers from here. Overall I think it’s like everywhere else. It’s good and bad, at times it can be very fucked up. I got family and friends that I lost to gun violence. I got family and friends in jail for various crimes. But I love where I’m from. I grew up here after leaving Markham at a real young age. This is home; some of the stories I tell in songs come from here.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
The only way to come up is to stay down. If you have the time to dedicate and apply yourself do it and don’t let anybody around, including yourself, tell you that you cannot.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Best thing so far has just been the love, just the small numbers I’ve seen videos and such do. I got sponsored recently too, I was over excited when that fell through.
What is your inspiration?
The kids in my family, my nieces, my nephews, youngest sister, my passion, my longing to be recognized as contender, wanting to help my mother retire. I can never say that enough, there’s a lot of things that fuel me and very few that fool me.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
No not at all, anybody can make music that people will like. This is a game of strategic positioning and longevity. In order to make it and stay dominant. How many hits can you supply the radio and how many stories you can tell that people will relate to is the shit that keeps your music going.
Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: @rareezy | @rara very’ignorant Lewis