“Have respect, dignity, and honor for yourself. You don’t have to write on your face or wear a dress to get noticed. That will eat those guys that did later on in life, plus the game is changing, being a fool ain’t cool anymore.”

Check out the interview with The Real SK47 exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
SK47: The Real SK47 started out rapping in the streets, with his family in New York City and his mother who lived in upstate New York, from Rocky Mountain, North Carolina. SK47 was battling rappers in ciphers for money. Sometimes he battled with the entire cliques and won. He had never been beaten. He now puts that talent to the industry in attempts to save hip-hop from its mainstream poison. His album on iTunes called the “Black Print ” displays hardcore lyrics that point out his lyrical skills. We are definitely watching this artist in 2018.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Always think about the realness when you create. Always think about who you are, not everyone else. Define yourself and have others follow you. Have respect, dignity, and honor for yourself. You don’t have to write on your face or wear a dress to get noticed. That will eat those guys that did later on in life, plus the game is changing, being a fool ain’t cool anymore.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
My hardest challenges were being accepted by the industry, getting recognition and appreciation from it. My job is not geared towards it, but I do try to get that from guys. My time is short and when I get where I’m going, that’s it. It will be iconic and I will begone, so it hurts knowing that it could have been real with them, no money or record label is going to change the realness in interactions, so it’s sad.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The old way, let your music and realness help. It’s a slow process but it’s real. Try to build a team from there.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
New York City is hard now, there is so much great talent but a lot of jealousy and blackballing. Not only in the industry but in the streets too. Just like a civilian will kill you not to see shine over him, so will record execs, producers, DJs and other stars! There are people better than BIG, more real than Pac and more divine than Puffy in the streets, prisons and schools in New York but they are butchered and blocked by New York itself.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
That story cannot be televised but what I’m doing is very iconic and real, will not be duplicated or stopped.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
So many, even those not in a hip-hop genre. There are a range of artists in rap, but also a lot in country, pop, gospel, RnB, classical, old school, etc.,

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Honestly, you are forced to like it, there is nothing else out there. I see the transition from real hip-hop to gimmicks to Sesame Street theme music. It’s like putting big bird and Elmo in hip-hop gear and having them sing over a hip-hop beat. Others rap an entire hook as a song! People love it though! Mumble rap is alright for one song but every song sounds the same and gives me a headache, and everyone is doing the same. It’s like my soul is dying. People like it or just stuck in their own music habits.

Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealsk47_/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealsk47
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therealsk47
Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/SK47
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/black-print/1294948187
Email: reubenavent@gmail.com