“Connecticut has more talent then most places. See the problem is that we just aren’t seen and noticed in the industry. But what I like the most is that we all know it is a struggle and an uphill battle. We all help each other to get the prize, and literally if any of us in CT makes it, then I feel we all made it!”
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SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Positive ID: I have been at it a long time. I performed live on stage at my aunt’s wedding and Free styled off the top of my head and they loved it, but they are family. In middle school my best friend Edwin Murgatroy and I did a lot of rapping together even was giving and selling mixtapes. We received a lot of hate and not much love. We got bullied and prank calls from haters even. I stopped Hip-Hop for a year at one point. Then I started my new job almost nine years ago now. We were asked to rap at an event for work, so I got back into it. Then I started a Reverb Nation account and got my first live show at a real club called Toad’s Place. I’vebeen doing shows ever since.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I do a lot of mixtape slots, word of mouth of course, social media and I reach out to known rappers. We also do live performances like I said. Joseph Butler, a friend of mine and I are working together on a clothing line for my music also.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Having money to make money is the greatest challenge because in the music industry nothing is for free. Honestly I am middle to barely broke LOL. I’m a single dad with a great deal of support from family, but it is still hard to rub two nickels to get a dime from time to time to promote myself. I love my dream and the fact that it can possibly come true. But family, my job and my health have to come first.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Connecticut has more talent then most places. See the problem is that we just aren’t seen and noticed in the industry. But what I like the most is that we all know it is a struggle and an uphill battle. We all help each other to get the prize, and literally if any of us in CT makes it, then I feel we all made it!
What do you think makes a great song?
Lyrics are very important to me. I usually know what all the rapper is saying, and if I don’t, it loses appeal. For sure the beat matters too. A well sung hook is also very important. I like sad or inspiring Hip Hop, but I also have a weakness for gangster rap, which I am not a gangsta, but I feel that the stories they tell may be from the heart and ring true. One thing is for sure, if you are speaking from experience, I will feel the vibe way more then if your living a lie.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I would like the underground to get noticed and maybe we can do something about the Overload of Talent that is not getting played. Get rid off some of the Lackeys that seem to get Heavy Rotation on the radio,I don’t think this is just my Opinion. I think that most Hip Hop fans are not happy with the state that it is in at this time,some fans may feel alot different on this but I personally don’t listen to Mainstream or the Radio almost Never.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Don’t be afraid to get out of your normal comfort zone. Using social media is king in this industry now. Do not do this just to get paid. Paying your dues takes a long time, and you spend more then you make for along time. It’s not just for money; it’s your hobby and something you look forward too. Hold on to your dreams. Just remember it will cost time and money to get known, but it is also the most fun I have had in along time.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Thank you Skilly Magazine for seeing me!