“So how do you plan on standing out if you’re not better than the rest? By being whom you are and showing the world that who I am is nothing you have ever seen before.”
Check out the interview with Slim Spitta exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Slim Spitta: I grew up listening to music and it was something about the melodies and rhythms that drew me to this life. It all started with poetry and it turned into rap lyrics expressing my life in words. Once I reached the level where I realized I could make money and support my life doing something I loved, it all took off from there. I’ve always asked myself how could I be anything else besides a rapper with longevity in this game?
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Stay true to what you do. If this is really your life, you’ll never stray too far. Passion and consistency is key in a game where everybody is good. So how do you plan on standing out if you’re not better than the rest? By being whom you are and showing the world that who I am is nothing you have ever seen before.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest task in my position is reaching the next level. Everybody raps and everybody is good. I have to continue to exceed the expectations of myself and what the world thinks is acceptable. I would have to say my hardest task is being myself, but yet being accepted and appreciated by those who have no idea who I am.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
At one point it was all based on hard work in the streets. These days there are so many different avenues for success. If I was out there passing out CDs like we did in the early 2000’s lest say, I would be looked at like I was crazy. The internet is where it’s at. Flood the web. It’s best for your level of talent and the rest will play it’s part if your talented.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Houston is a great place all across the board. Here popular artists seem to not get the same exposure as cities like New York or Los Angeles. You have to have a certain style or sound here. If you don’t have that sound you may lose hope. I have found that I get more love from other states and countries than I do in my own city.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I’d like to be posted up in the mountains living off of the earth. It may sound crazy but the city life is something I only enjoy at times. The country speaks more to me than I have ever realized lately. I’m an introvert, being alone and surviving is something like a game to me. The city seems too available to me.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Tupac, Eminem, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne would be my biggest influences. There are many other artists as well, but those four always stood out to me. The lyrics, metaphors, and creativity are almost inseparable from many popular artists today. If I had to choose two from what I hear today it would be Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
What can I say, music today is very different from what I grew up on. It jams and you can’t deny it. Do I want to leave the club and hear most of the stuff I do on the radio, probably not. That doesn’t mean it’s not good. There’s a time and place for all music and you have to find your lane and stay in it.