“My biggest inspiration that motivates me is success. I like to see a person work hard without thinking of rewards. Then they achieve the impossible. When you get stuff done without thinking about money that’s when you can see success.”

Check out the interview with Rey Leon exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Rey Leon When I was younger I wasn’t much of a rapper. I was more into beat boxing for my friends who were rapping at that time. The day that I actually started to write was when I was 12. When I wrote my first rhyme I was surprised and I kept writing every moment I got. It became interesting to me.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My advice would be to always stay true and never listen to anybody when they talk bad about rapping. When I started I wasn’t anywhere close to how I sound now. I had my fair share of people that believed in me and a lot that didn’t. This is the one talent nobody can convince me to stop doing.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest things for me are the people that see your talent and want to help. When you allow them into your inner circle they’re there for money or do nothing for you. It took me a while to see. I shouldn’t depend on no one because I get stuff done faster than anybody trying to help me.

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 best way to promote and advertise my music is the internet. I say that because there are so many websites and other outlets online that give you an opportunity to be heard. Another way is the ole’ word to mouth promotion.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city is the birth place of hip hop. The underground New York scene is hungry and very talented. A lot of us got a story to tell. As far as the fans, they lip flop. You got fans that support the underground and then you got those who’d rather hear the daily rotation on the radio.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself making the XXL Magazine Freshman edition and I see myself getting more out there and building up my fans.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspirations are Big Pun, Jay Z, Joell Ortiz, and myself. My biggest inspiration that motivates me is success. I like to see a person work hard without thinking of rewards. Then they achieve the impossible. When you get stuff done without thinking about money that’s when you can see success.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I really don’t like the music coming out today. I feel the people that are doing it aren’t taking it serious. It’s crazy that most of these artists are either an overnight successes or made it off of a stupid hook. I’m not a hater or anything, I just wish they give those same opportunities to all artist instead of just drill and trap artists.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/phill-sayed-ortiz
Email: intern1moodies@hotmail.com