“I see myself closer to my goals. I got people depending on me. As long as I stick to my plan and continue improving as an artist I’ll be in a great place next year around this time.”

Check out the interview with Young Ace exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Young Ace:
I wrote my first rap my junior year of high school. I had a couple of homies that rapped and they told me I should write one so I did. It was pretty corny, but everybody thought it was decent. I didn’t start taking rap serious until I messed my knee up and couldn’t get a basketball scholarship. I would say that was 2012 and I’ve been grinding ever since.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Work on perfecting your craft. Invest in yourself. Get out there and network. Don’t be satisfied with being local. Give it your all and have faith.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The scammers. So many con artists out here. They try to get you out your money. Be smart and do your research.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way is social media. Everyone knows each other. If you’re hot you’ll generate a little buzz. Network, go out and talk to people – from record companies to random people on the street.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I love my city. St. Louis made me the man I am today. There’s a lot of talented artists here. From Munchie, LB, Prime, Coup, Sleazy, Bo Dean, DOA, to myself. We get no love, but we make some of the best music the world has never heard. There’s a lot of whack rappers too. The fans are ok. They really don’t mess with homegrown talent.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself closer to my goals. I got people depending on me. As long as I stick to my plan and continue improving as an artist I’ll be in a great place next year around this time.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My family. My mother worked so hard to provide for me and my brother. My pops was locked up for the majority of my childhood, but he taught me so much from a cell. Musically I looked up to all the greats like Biggie, Pac, and Nas. Today’s artist I like Cole, Wiz, and Curren$y.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Music today is great and horrible, but it’s always been like that. For every Rakim there’s a not so good artist. I like certain things.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
You can find me online at any social media site @YoungAceFLE and on Facebook as Young Ace. My email is FLEMO314@gmail.com.

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