“There’s too much music now. If I listen to something I don’t like, I feel like I wasted my life.”
Check out the interview with Ross Himself exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Ross Himself: Started in Canada. I played college basketball and got recruited to play in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was a majority white university before I arrived and more black people showed up. In my last year, my teammate wanted to rap so I decided to write for him. He fell off but gave me the resources to a studio; I just keep recording.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I am still young, I need advice if anything. I’m going get it regardless though.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Being alone and learning alone.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I don’t promote. My material isn’t good enough to promote. If whatever you create is good, people will follow.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Greenville, North Carolina. “No dreams in the Ville.” J.Cole’s hometown, Fayetteville, is a few hours away. That’s why he called his squad Dreamville. There’s no dreams in Carolina unless you play basketball. No rappers, no singers, no artists, nobody. If you don’t ball, you don’t ball. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. YEG. The come up.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Either playing basketball overseas or writing songs, hopefully.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My mom. I look up to myself. That’s all I know.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Some. There’s too much music now. If I listen to something I don’t like, I feel like I wasted my life.
Where can we contact you and find you online?