“The hardest thing I face as an artist right now is getting a grasp of the business side of the industry. If you want to be a successful rapper, you have to know business … it becomes a lot to take on and can become overwhelming.”

Check out the interview with Spoony-B exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Spoony-B:
It all started as a child listening to artists who I was heavily inspired by such as 2 Pac, Eazy-E, and Dr. Dre. I met my mentor in the music industry known as ColeMizeStudios and since the summer of 2015 Cole has been helping me improve as an artist. We’re really starting to operate like an Eminem/Dr. Dre duo.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The biggest advice I can give is not to give up. I almost gave up. I started to feel like I was losing purpose with music. I kept making music and improving one song after another and soon after met the mentor that inspires me to be the greatest emcee in the industry.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest thing I face as an artist right now is getting a grasp of the business side of the industry. If you want to be a successful rapper, you have to know business. When it comes to record labels/deals, cuts, profits, expenses, etc. it becomes a lot to take on and can become overwhelming.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
There are many different ways to promote your music. I find a great way to promote is to find as many music blogs and submission pages as you can and submit your best work. Investing is very important. You must be willing to spend money in your business to properly promote yourself.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
The city of brotherly love without a doubt has the craziest most awesome fans in the world. They’re never afraid to speak their mind and tell you if you suck. Philadelphia has been a strong landmark for hip hop, whether you want to go old school and look at artists like Will Smith or rappers like Reed Dollaz and Meek Mill.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
In a years’ time I’d like to be wealthier then I am now. Have more money in the bank and have more music and promotion strategies under my belt. I plan to continue working with my mentor over the next year and really make some killer music.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspirations in the music industry have been the likes of 2Pac, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Nas, Snoop, Biggie, and Meek. Most of my favorite artists come from the west coast, it’s always been my preferred style of hip hop. What inspired me about them was their skill set and how unique each one was.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
To be honest, no. Not at all. I can’t stand a lot of today’s hip hop, that’s why a lot of what I listen to is from back in the day. Keep in mind there are still artists from today whom I enjoy listening to such as Meek Mill, Tech N9ne, Hopsin, and a couple others but the list is very small.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
I plan on creating my own website very soon and intend on naming it www.spoonybmusic.com. In the meantime you can find me on Soundcloud at @spoony-b and on Instagram @TheRealSpoonyB.