“What I like about hip hop today is even if the music doesn’t make any sense, there’s a market for everyone.”

Check out the interview with Tripsup exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
This all started in Hartford, CT in the summer of 1994 on the camp bus. I realized I had the potential to make all the kids rock out to my songs. I would write a song every week to rap on the bus in front of my friends. My obsession began to grow and I had my mother help me invest in my first karaoke machine to record over cassette tapes with tissue in the top.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t limit your music to your neighborhood. Make music that can affect the world. At times I know it’s hard to make music that’s different than what you see on TV or hear on the radio, but all in all stay true to yourself. Learn the business end, that’s important if not most important. Last but not least, start young.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Promotion. A lot of times if you don’t have a certain amount of money you can’t be heard. In years prior, the internet was fairly new so music promotion was a lot easier. Now the internet has made the industry so popular that it’s become harder to get your message heard amongst the thousands of viral videos appearing every day.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
As much as I feel that the internet has changed the way music is heard and received, I would say the internet, blogs, social networks, etc. are the best way to promote and advertise. I recently shot a music video in Amsterdam which was appeared on WorldStarHipHop.com. It opened a lot of new doors for me.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I was born and raised in the northeast Hartford, CT. I live in a city full of talented musicians that don’t want to help each other because a lot of them are caught up in their egos, too busy projecting stardom before it arrives. Since the artists in CT tend not to stick together, most of the fans here rarely support talent locally.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself exactly where I want to be. Entertainment at a pro level, not an amateur level. Recording and performing with the professionals in the music industry.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My mother is one of my biggest inspirations because she lost a daughter, my sister, and she just kept pushing without skipping a beat. My daughters Zionah and Ziajah also make me strive to be the best I can be and also pay for their college educations. I always looked up to Outkast with their funky, jazzy, eclectic style.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I love music now more than ever because you can be who you want to be and you don’t have to follow a certain order or protocol. If you didn’t sound like a certain group back in the day, there was no lane to make money and support yourself. What I like about hip hop today is even if the music doesn’t make any sense, there’s a market for everyone.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.tripsupyaheard.com
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/tripsup
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TRIPSUP83
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tripsup
Twitter: @tripsup
Instagram: @tripsup
Snapchat: @tripsup