“I’m a morning writer, meaning I have my best thoughts as soon as I wake up. I wake up and go straight to the beat while I smoke I write my lyrics in my iPhone. I play the beat on repeat and write as much as a can before I feel blocked.”

Check out the interview with RickRated exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
RickRated: When I was 15 years old I met a group of kids my age who called themselves studio 22 and who were musically inclined. I knew long before meeting these musicians that I wanted to be a rapper, but I would have to say these guys helped me really get started. They showed me how to create my own home studio so that I could begin making my own music. And with they’re help that same year I recorded my first song called “So Ashamed.”

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I promote my music in virtually every way I can, from social media to rapping for strangers. Another way I promote my music is through Instagram posts. Being sponsored by Rude Boy any picture or video I post with their gear on they’ll help me promote for free.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I personally face would be the gaining of new fans and weeding out the people on the internet who are willing to take advantage of people in their careers. I’ve met a lot of people who have swindled me out of money for one or another so-called opportunity.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in Seattle is crazy! Everywhere you turn there’s another rapper or singer or band! One thing I don’t like though is how everyone nowadays is a rapper. It really bothers me because with everyone wanting to be a rapper it takes away from the artists who are actually talented and who understand that rap is more than just money, bitches, and beats.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think the future of music is going to be on the moon. I think if we keep letting artists like Young Thug be centers of pop culture our entire genre will die and be overrun with Fetty Waps who have no true lyrical talent and a less than mediocre flow. I hope we cycle back the 93′ Snoop Dogg style or something like that sometime soon.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Invest in your music. Too many artists want something for nothing, that’s not how it works. When I say invest in your career I don’t mean go buy 1,000 Soundcloud views for $10. If you’re serious about your career then your money should be going to your music rather than those new Jordan’s or that ridiculously expensive belt.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Anything at any time can inspire me to write a new song. I’ve got a song called “It Don’t Matter” on Pistanthrophobia that I wrote after sitting at home with my girlfriend and watching Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?. My song “Drive Thru Girl” was a real story that happened to me when I lived in El Paso, TX.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I’m a morning writer, meaning I have my best thoughts as soon as I wake up. I wake up and go straight to the beat while I smoke I write my lyrics in my iPhone. I play the beat on repeat and write as much as a can before I feel blocked. Then I take a break and comeback to the song when I feel refreshed and ready.

What do you think makes a great song?
A great song to me will contain relatable lyrics, an interesting flow, an appealing sound, and more than anything a song that makes you feel whether it makes you feel emotion. If a song can make you feel any emotion at all beyond disgust for it then I believe it’s a great song.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
You guys can connect with me on any and all of my social media sites and be sure to like, follow share, and tell your friends to check out my song “Drive Thru Girl”!

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