“The biggest piece of advice would be to establish a business foothold first, then make music. Learn the business part of the music industry so you can control your own path. Knowledge is power.”

Check out the interview with 9Ten Mobb exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
9Ten Mobb: North Carolina (910 area code) is the point of origin and we are family, much deeper than a rap group. 9Ten Mobb consists of Antonio Spears (Yung Abundance), Dion McIver (Dmaxxx), Deshawn Spears (Dee-Raw), and Milton Lee (Millz). The evolution of 9Ten Mobb begins with Dion (Dmaxxx) who started making music and built his own in-house studio. Milton (Millz) linked up and they begin to create music together.

Antonio (Yung Abundance) brought the business aspect to the table and we launched S & M Media Group LLC. Deshawn (Dee-Raw) joined the fold and brought his tenacity and musical instincts. Collectively we created and released our first album, A 9Ten Mobb Movement – Jumped Off The Porch.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The biggest piece of advice would be to establish a business foothold first, then make music. Learn the business part of the music industry so you can control your own path. Knowledge is power.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest challenge is finding ways to maximize a limited budget. We are independent and currently without any outside investors, so creating music and getting it into the hands of fans can be very expensive. It can also be challenging to determine when a song is complete and how that song is marketed.

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 entertainment business is extremely tough, but social media is the easiest and least expensive way to promote and advertise your music. It’s not that effective considering that fact that everyone is doing it, but it’s still a powerful tool if done creatively. Networking with DJs, program directors, other artists, and managers are also effective ways.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Our city Lillington, the encompassing 910 area code, and even the state of North Carolina is filled with very talented artists that represent every genre of music. So much talent has already been discovered and we have so many more perfecting their craft. Our fans are extremely supportive and loyal.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
On tour with the heavyweights of the rap industry, at least a gold A 9Ten Mobb Movement – Jumped Off The Porch, album and maybe a movie appearance.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Musically our inspirations span every single genre of music and are frankly too numerous to mention, but a few are Rakim, Michael Jackson, Prince, Earth Wind & Fire, Nirvana, and Jimmy Hendrix. Personal inspirations are our family members who are small business owners and are self-employed.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
We do enjoy the music that is coming out today. Rap is evolving and expending which is a great thing. As individuals we gravitate towards different things which creates compelling debates on which tracks are classics or which artists are better.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/9Ten-Mobb-205475766303148
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/9tenmobb
Instagram: @9tenmobb | @yungabundance | @dmaxx910 |@countryboi3 | @millz9tenmobb
Twitter: @yungabundance | @countryboi3
Email: smmediagroup77@hotmail.com