“This isn’t just a hobby for me. Music is my life, and I will never settle for second place. I wanna be the greatest of all time.”

Check out the interview with Shaq Bruce exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Shaq Bruce
: I’ve been rapping since I was 15 years old, and I’ve been listening to/studying hip hop music since the third grade. It was after I listened to The Black Album by Jay Z that I realized that I wanted to be a rapper in every way, shape, and form. One day I hope to inspire millions, or at least that little kid in the third grade like he did for me. This isn’t just a hobby for me. Music is my life, and I will never settle for second place. I wanna be the greatest of all time.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Honestly, just to be yourself and to never give up on your dreams. There are going to be a handful of people who believe in you, and there are going to be another handful that will try to bring you down. Just focus on the ones that love and care about you, and you will succeed in anything you want to accomplish.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The biggest challenge for me and for any other independent artist is just getting my music out there. I believe I have quality music, but I need a much larger audience which will then allow me to build a loyal fan base and do consistent performances.

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 thing you can do if you’re an independent artist is to promote your music online, submit your music to blogs, and to ask your friends to share your music. I believe that the internet is your best option as an independent artist and that if you release good quality music someone will find it.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans? Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I am from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, born and raised. The only things I dislike are the extremely cold winters and very short summers. We have so many great talents from this city with great potential. I just believe that we need that one person to blow up for hip hop and then we will be on the map. The fans are finding for someone to blow up from here.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
The future is often hard to predict. I see myself performing a lot more, developing a loyal a fan base, and having at least 2 or 3 projects under my belt.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspirations of all time as far as music is concerned are Jay Z, Kanye West, and Eminem to name a few. As far as the artists that I currently look up to today they would have to be Chance the Rapper, Anderson .paak, and Frank Ocean.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I like it. I know that a lot of people hate on it, but I like how music has evolved over the years. Sometimes I want to hear bars, deep lyricism, or great songwriting and other times I just want something that I can get drunk to and party to with my boys. I feel like the music today gives me all of that and more.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCPNN3LNkG0Y0meE4AbxAXzA
Facebook: Shaquille Bruce
Twitter: @ShaqBruceTweets
Instagram: @ShaqBruce