“Even though internet has taken over a good majority of the game, I still believe that hitting the streets with CDs and posters is still effective.”

Check out the interview with Stevie Franks exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Stevie Franks:
At the age of 16 my friends and I formed a rap group called C.S.O.M. (City State Of Mind) and recorded 4 mixtapes which were never released. I myself took a small hiatus because at the time I felt that the streets were more important and was incarcerated for a short period of time in 2010. Once I was released in Spring 2011 I started thinking about my future and rap was always a passion and something that I wanted to pursue.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My advice to the kids is stay focused and positive. Don’t encircle yourself around negative people. Always work hard and learn from failure and prepare for the worst but pray for the best. Always remember to put God first and everything else will fall into place.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
One of the hardest challenges was growing up and staying positive. I had to sacrifice a lot in this game. I had to leave the drug game behind or end up in jail again. Leaving the streets alone for music was definitely my biggest obstacle.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Even though internet has taken over a good majority of the game, I still believe that hitting the streets with CDs and posters is still effective. That up close and personal interaction with the people lets them know what type of artist you are. It gives them a reason to really understand your hunger and actually like the artist as a person.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Lawnside, New Jersey. There’s tons of talent where I’m from, but very little opportunity. As far as the fans go, due to the lack of motivation and lack of opportunity, when 1 person gets an inch they try to pull them back a yard. Due to the hatred and lack of support very few artists make it which makes it twice as hard.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
In year I see myself with a very healthy fan base and in a very healthy form of demand. With my hard work ethic and great music it’s only a matter of time before you see more of me.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspiration has to be my mother. She believed in me even when I was at my worst. She always tells me that she is my biggest fan and just wants to see me prosper. I know she means it because the love she has for me is unconditional. Whenever I’d think about quitting I think of making her proud and my drive turns up 1000.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I believe the music coming out today is good. It’s just that the sound has evolved. Some of the rap coming out is not rap, it’s some other form of an alternative sound. I believe certain music serves a purpose for certain things. As far as the actual hip hop side of things, I think it’s in great position. The talent coming out is just phenomenal and growing.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.steviefranks.com
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/steviefranks24-1
Facebook: Stevie Franks Musik
Twitter: @steviefranksrap
Instagram: @steviefrankstheartist