“I feel like the future of hip hop will basically be a revamped version of 90’s hip hop where everything is going to be twice as competitive because of how easy it has become to be a recording artist.”

Check out the interview with Rebel Related exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Messy: It all started for me as a social pastime in church with my homie Matt Riggins. We together were kind of the misfit skateboarders who would free style about skate tricks and what not. Hobby turned obsession and here I am today. Hydrosphere and I knew each other for years before we started making music. We were too focused making money on mag crew touring the USA.

Hydrosphere: My Journey started when I moved my family to Massachusetts to make moves with my partner in crime Messy the Man after a short stay with Apocalyptic Records.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Messy: I’ve joined quite a number of music blogs and met a whole bunch of people I’m friends with on Facebook, Soundcloud, and YouTube. We’ve even picked up a clothing sponsor during our last interview with Rude Boy.

Hydrosphere: Soundcloud, Facebook, social media, work conversations, YouTube videos.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Messy: The money to both promote and distribute on a major scale production.

Hydrosphere: I’m challenged with whack ass rappers pollution of the minds on the radio. I plan to overcome all of that by converting everyone to dope hip hop.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Messy: Pittsfield, MA. A lot of rappers and no venues gives rise to mostly home studio rappers that work normal jobs by day and chase dreams in the night. If you are pursuing venues not too far away we do shows in Rhode Island. Among all that talent down there we warmed up shows opening for Ra the Rugged Man, Rittz, Locksmith, Krooked I, and Cryptic Wisdom.

Hydrosphere: The music scene in my town does not exist. I’m surrounded by cowboys, farmers, and rednecks.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Messy: I feel like the future of music is leaning towards civil rights and 3rd world military soldier apocalyptic type shit. That’s the why the elections make me worry. I feel like the future of hip hop will basically be a revamped version of 90’s hip hop where everything is going to be twice as competitive because of how easy it has become to be a recording artist.

Hydrosphere: Hopefully the future of music won’t show shitty music as the face of rap/hip hop.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Messy: Achieving success is like achieving super Saiyan. Basically the same life advice I’d give anyone following a career choice. Be positive because no one likes a bad attitude. Be motivated. And above all be coachable.

Hydrosphere: Keep grinding, never fold.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Messy: Right now it’s a cypher and a goal to put together a mixtape called The Brave 100. It will be a mixtape with 100 emcees to get everyone heard outside their own audience.

Hydrosphere: Killing all these whack rappers’ dreams.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Messy: Depends on the song type. Cyphers I usually just let it rip. Songs however, I’m generally more selective about the beat and writing the hook and coming up with the song concept or topic first.

Hydrosphere: Pick a beat, write 16 or 32 bars, record, mix and master.

What do you think makes a great song?
Messy: Content, energy, wordplay, speed, meaning, voice, etc.

Hydrosphere: Head nodding beat and a dope flow.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: Rebel Related | Messy
Soundcloud: messy-the-man-1 | ebelelated | hydrosphere-rebel-related