“Stay focused and remember someone who doesn’t know you is rooting for you to succeed. When someone who does is wishing for you downfall. Stay positive and take every negative and find the positive message buried in it.”

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

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Yooda: Making music for me began at an early age thinking I could sing like Michael Jackson. Boy was I in for a rude awakening. I started writing raps around 15 when I discovered I couldn’t sing and turned to my second love, hip hop. Once I found my lane, I settled with the name Yooda after Yoda from Star wars. I then formed a group with some friends from the neighborhood where I live at the time.

We called ourselves the Junkyard Squad. We dropped two hood classic albums, Laugh Now, Cry Later and Da Predator. I went solo in 2005 dropping my first album Cronicles of Yooda (Da Beast, Da Player, da Slayer & Oh yeah Butt Nasty) and followed up with Cronicles of Yooda Chp 2 (Green Eyez) (2009) and Cronicles of Yooda Chp 3 (305 Shotta) (2010). I then release the Return of Da Shotta (2011). In 2013 I released Extreme Measures and in 2014 I released Latent Status. All mentioned albums are available on iTunes.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I do a lot on marketing myself as Pepsi or Coca Cola would do for their products. I try to keep my name or face in front of consumers as much as possible.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I would like to be a life changer. If my music can change one life then I achieved my mission.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Getting people to listen to someone new. A lot of people love to suck up to the mainstream artists they know, but once I get them to listen I have their attention.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
My city is the best and cold hearted at the same time. All you hear is South Beach this and that. But truth is South Beach isn’t all Miami is. We have a very diverse city, lots of cultures that makes Miami one of the best cities to live in. But you can’t be weak minded in this city. It will eat you alive. The music scene here is growing, lots of talent here that haven’t had the chance to be mainstream.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Stay focused and remember someone who doesn’t know you is rooting for you to succeed. When someone who does is wishing for you downfall. Stay positive and take every negative and find the positive message buried in it. And use it as a foundation to get better.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Meeting fans in different cities who I had no idea they even knew who I was. I love meeting my fans. Don’t be scared to say what’s up. I always have time for you.

What is your inspiration?
My Kids. I go extra hard – blood, sweat, and tears so they can live care free.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes as long as they work hard. Nothing will be given in this business. At the end of the day everyone’s after a check.

Where can we find you on social media?
Official Website: www.mr305shotta.com
Facebook: mr305shotta
Twitter: @yooda21
Instagram: @yooda21
Snapchat: yooda21
YouTube: yooda21

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