“To be original seems like a thing of the past when I comes to today’s music.”
Check out the interview with Reality exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Reality: I started rapping in 1992 in Atlanta, Georgia inspired by the hip hop culture. In 1996 I began to produce tracks and from there I began to produce my own songs. In 2000 I started engineering, mixing, and mastering. In 2016 I produced and directed a web series called Atlanta’s Ugly based off a music video I did called “Atlanta’s Ugly” speaking on the crime that is spreading Atlanta; the web series is a grim reminder of the crimes that plague Atlanta.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Stay focused and be consistent in what you’re doing and make sure to be professional when handling your business. Always have a personality and character about yourself that people will like. Be confident but not egotistical and you will get far.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Creating your own lane and sustaining your own grounds. To be original seems like a thing of the past when I comes to today’s music. Everyone is following the lead of others and not being original in what they do which creates an open lane for the rappers who seek to express their originality.
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 use of social media and performing at venues in your local town and other states. Being consistent in what you are doing.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Atlanta is one of the main places for music. The artists and fans are very supportive, and there are various types of music coming out of Atlanta; hip hop, trap, r&b, and rock n’ roll.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Running my own business with stronger connects to get greater things done.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspiration are my parents, they motivate me and keep me going. Hip hop as a whole motivates me to continue to do music. Rappers like Kool F Rap keeps me motivated to write, independent record labels like Ducktown keeps me motivated to build my brand and producers like DJ Premier and Pete Rock keep me motivated to produce.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Today’s music is okay, kind of one-dimensional, not too many varieties of sound. So with that it’s kind of stagnant. The politics in music have definitely declined the creativity and originality that once ruled hip hop music. Hopefully changes can be made to balance the imbalance in today’s hip hop music.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.blackroyalfamilyent.com
YouTube: Black Royal Family Entertainment