“Biggest challenge for me would be the lack of money … At one time I didn’t have enough money to record at a professional studio and do music videos for my work.”
Check out the interview with VC exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
VC: I started rapping in the year 2000. My late brother, rest his soul, got me started 6 months before he was killed. I was only 12 years old when I started.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I would say if you’re serious about pursuing a music career be consistent with material and promotion. The internet has made it better and faster for independent artists to be heard. Use social networks and word of mouth advertisement to your advantage. Invest in yourself financially if you want to ever get paid for your work.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Biggest challenge for me would be the lack of money. I see so many artists out here, but they don’t have the funds to reach out to the right people. At one time I didn’t have enough money to record at a professional studio and do music videos for my work.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I feel the best way to promote is through your social networks. There are also sites that allow you to post your music online and people can listen and see videos of what you’ve got.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I started my career in Spring Lake, NC which is right there with Fayetteville, NC. I’ve seen a lot of talent in this area from sports, music, etc. I now reside in Greensboro, NC doing my thing. Fans in NC are very hard to please. Everybody’s out for themselves. They tend to flock to the sound of other major hip hop cities such as Atlanta.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself with my own publishing company and entertainment label and my music being played on mainstream radio stations all across the US. I am handling the business side of things now so that I can get paid for my work as an independent artist. My buzz will continue to grow and hopefully a major record label sees that and wants to pick me up.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My older brother who is now deceased is my biggest influence. He encouraged me and helped with writing my first rap verse and song. As far as music artists I’m influenced the Notorious BIG, Jay-Z, Jadakiss, and Nas. I definitely look up to P.Diddy and Jay-Z on the business side of the industry being that they are the top richest rappers in the game right now.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music today is okay. I feel that too many artists are sounding too much alike. The south has taken over with hard hitting bass beats but the lyrical content has fallen off. My goal is to bring lyricist back out with the sound of today’s hip-hop.
Where can we contact you and find you online?