“The biggest issue is race … I want to prove race doesn’t matter, in any situation. We all have our passions, and we all need to express them.”

Check out the interview with Scotty Moon exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Scotty Moon:
I have always had a passion for music, hip hop to be more specific. One day, I and some friends just wanted to freestyle and after that little session I just went home and started writing to random beats. Next thing you know it’s my dream to become the next hip hop artist.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The biggest advice I’d give to a young individual is be patient. Don’t quit and get down on yourself, just keep pushing and keep your head up. A positive attitude will take you far.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The biggest issue is race. Many people don’t see many whites rapping. I’m from a very suburb neighborhood so when I first started rapping many people would laugh and not believe in me. I want to prove race doesn’t matter, in any situation. We all have our passions, and we all need to express them.

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 feel the best way to promote is to have shows. Having new ears to listen to your work helps a lot. It leaves an imprint of, “Who is this kid?” Also, with today’s generation, any social media is a good way to promote your art.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Littleton, CO. I went to Columbine High School. It’s not a very diverse city, but there are other artists. There is definitely love for the hip hop game and the fans are loyal to you as long as you’re loyal to them. It’s hard sometimes because I’d say my city is more about edm and dubstep instead of rap.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself possibly touring or meeting up with bigger artist to collab and create a bigger fan base in doing so.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I’m a huge fan of Nas. He is my favorite. I also love Mobb Deep, it’s true hip hop. Even in the early days with Grandmaster Flash and DJ Cool Herc. I love Nas because he is so poetic and understands the concepts of hip hop. Honestly, any hip hop artist from 1996 and down is my inspiration.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I hate the music coming out today. Radio music is the worst. I’m tired of this mumble rap and songs about getting fucked up and fucking bitches, it’s just old. Where did real hip hop go? Where you can understand the rhymes and where they are actually rhyming. I feel so ashamed of hip hop today and one of my goals is to bring it back to life.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Scotty-Moon-John-Ham-602699976499616
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ScottyAndJohn
Instagram: www.instagram.com/smoonofficial