“Network with other like-minded artists in your area, develop relationships with artists outside your area, do shows, and invest in yourself.”
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Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
The Empire: The Empire originated out of the break-up of one of Fayetteville’s earlier rap collectives Omega Clan. This included Mista J, Kid Kaos, 5th Letter, and Prince Imperial. After Omega Clan imploded due to power clashes, egos and, and its unmanageable size, the four went on as Omega Clan for a short while before basically stopping in 1996. At this time Mista J went off to college in Rhode Island and started focusing more on show promotion.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
We network with other artists and use social media as well as doing shows; all these things are important.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
We want the music to be part of many other different ventures.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The difficulty of the music business, first and foremost is segmentation of the business and of the artist side. The balancing act you have to do for your art and to get noticed.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Fayetteville, NC has a lot of talent working to make it the next level.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Network with other like-minded artists in your area, develop relationships with artists outside your area, do shows, and invest in yourself.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best things that happened to us is the creation of a track, “Message to Hip-Hop,” on The Dark Ages Project with hip hop icons Craig G, Isis (formely of X-clan), and Mc Search. Also the new track on the Underground Experience Mixtape Vol. 1 with Mistajay featuring Pace Won titled “Rhyme Professionals.”
What is your inspiration?
Our specific artistic inspirations are Wu-Tang, Ice Cube, KRS-One, and Tribe Called Quest.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
If do the research, and you are willing to put the work in and truly have the talent, you can make it. You have set goals and determine what your own level of success is from the jump.