“Be yourself at all times. Don’t allow anyone to tell you how to make your music.”

Check out the interview with Tribe of Judah exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Tribe of Judah:
We began in the White Oak area in Silver Spring, MD. We began music in the year 1996, at the time it was 8 of us. We were all from the same area and lovers of hip hop, so we decided to start a group and start making music. As years went on we dropped down to 6 and then 3, but regardless of whatever we kept on focusing on making music.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Well, as an artist you definitely gotta invest in yourself. Oh yeah and use all social media platforms. It’s easier to promote yourself nowadays then it was in the 90’s.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
We just wanna make great music to enlighten, uplift, and inspire others.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The most difficult part to deal with is the balance. There’s all these guys making music with absolutely no message in it, and they’re getting all the shine while you have many other artists out that are making music that can actually make a change in the world but get absolutely no shine at all. That’s the hardest thing to deal with.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Lately a lot of wild stuff has been happening, but for the most part it’s pretty cool. You just gotta know where to go. The music scene is kinda crazy because you gotta a lot of dudes that wanna sound like what’s popular, but you do have a bunch of artists that are original also. It’s really cool living out here. You got your good and your bad, but it’s all good.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Be yourself at all times. Don’t allow anyone to tell you how to make your music.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Recording music with our big brothers Wu-Syndicate from VA, meeting Rza, and seeing all the love whenever we perform.

What is your inspiration?
Being a voice for those that don’t have a voice.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yeah definitely. You just gotta follow your heart and remember to always be original and you will be aight.

Where can we find you on social media?
Bandcamp: www.gravityacademyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/organically-grown
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/kevin-kerr-2
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TOJ77
Twitter: @TribeofJudahMD, @SincereKerr, @kemoigren, @BlackJeruz, @TokyoCigar
Instagram: @SincereToj, @La_tha1, @BlackJeruz, @TokyoCigar