“I lose close homies every day. RIP to my lil’ nigga Cam Straws. I just got the news and that’s why I’m doing everything in my power to take a better route.”

Check out the interview with Yola Mane exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Yola Mane:
It all started when I was just a lil’ nigga tryna find my calling in life. When I first got locked up I had just cut my daughter’s umbilical cord, left the hospital, and had to sit damn near a year. My inspiration, my drive came from looking at cell walls and saying “I’m never coming back here.” I just found a better way to sell my crack, one the track.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best ways to promote yourself is to invest in yourself. Don’t wait on nobody to come save you. Create machines behind you. You’re the business, make these websites promote you.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I ultimately want to become one of the greatest rappers ever, Wayne status, and I feel I have the tools and versatility to do so.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Nothing is hard, just apply yourself and know what it is that you want and get it.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I live in Philly where if you don’t look like them and sound like them, no one wants to give you a chance. I understand my city and as long as you can make them respect you, you can make it. I lose close homies every day. RIP to my lil’ nigga Cam Straws. I just got the news and that’s why I’m doing everything in my power to take a better route.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Keep grinding, do it your way, stay focused, don’t let anyone take you out of your square, and get so invested in your craft that no one can say “oh, you do music.”

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that ever happened in my career was performing on Wayne Ave Day in front of thousands. What made it so amazing was it was right up the street from where I live so all the people in my neighborhood that questioned me and never got to hear any of my music got a front row seat.

What is your inspiration?
My daughters inspire, motivate me, and just gives me complete life.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I don’t. I feel like anyone that’s successful is successful for a reason and worked for it no matter how easy they say it was or make it look.

Where can we find you on social media?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/ymthechief
Facebook: yola.mane
Twitter: @Ymthechief
Instagram: @yola.mane

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