“The simplest part is to record the music, but there’s far more that goes on behind the scenes that helps protect you with legal rights to your works and how to execute a record or full project.”
Check out the interview with Wordplay ’92 exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Wordplay ’92: I started off with poetry back in the 2nd grade and in the 5th grade I wrote my first verse to Kanye West’s “Through The Wire” instrumental. I joined a few rap groups, but it wasn’t until 2011 that I decided to work on my first mixtape and focus on my solo career. Since then I have gained a lot of prominence by performing at many colleges plus touching stages at some of the well-known clubs in New York City.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
In this new generation, social media is the best way to target new audiences. I have gained a huge following from other countries such as Japan, Hong Kong, London, Italy, Russia, Spain, London, and Paris because of my Instagram posts. It connected and exposed me to newer markets.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
As much as my fans know I don’t create my music seeking any sort of fame. If I was to receive that then that will be cool and all, but I create simply based off my passion to unite and inspire souls through my lyrics. I want to help push the culture of the human race forward with my visions.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The music business has its pros and cons. One thing that’s the hardest to decipher is who actually is behind you. Do they really believe in your vision and not because of the greed for money or their personnel benefits?
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
In New York City you have to be strong willed and ready to compete with the elite nonstop. It’s easy to be inspired in New York, but I’ll say it’s damn expensive to live out here. Most importantly I’m proud to represent the Big Apple, this is where hip hop started. It’s my hometown got to love it.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
First I would like to say if you want to make a career out of what you’re doing you have to equip yourself with the knowledge about the music business. The simplest part is to record the music, but there’s far more that goes on behind the scenes that helps protect you with legal rights to your works and how to execute a record or full project.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
There are so many key defining moments in my young career. One of the best things in my career was actually most recently. I performed at the legendary SOB’s (Sounds Of Brazil) located in Soho, New York. Some of the dopest artists have touched that stage. The energy and audience was like no other.
What is your inspiration?
I’m actually inspired by many things. I can be walking down the street and see a woman dressed very stylish and instantly be inspired to design new garments. Or I may be inspired to write a full song by reading a short sentence. There really isn’t a straight forward answer because for me anything can trigger inspiration at any given moment.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Today everyone is an aspiring artist, model, fashion designer, entrepreneur, etc. Anyone can be successful if they understand how to progress in the lane they have established themselves in. Sacrifices have to be made on a consistent basis. It’s up to the individual.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: www.wordplay92.com
Facebook: Wordplay ‘ 92