“I love the beats, the 808s. People complain about hip hop nowadays. I just embrace it, and I try to find things I like about the new era instead of shitting on it.”
Check out the interview with BE-YOU exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
BE-YOU: I’ve been rapping since a kid. Some of my early influences where Kriss Kross, Ice Cube, and Nas. Nas really made me want to pick up the pen and start writing. When I first saw the “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” video I knew I wanted to rap. That changed everything for me. I ate, slept, and shit hip hop since the 3rd grade. It’s all I know, it became my lifestyle.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t let nobody dictate what you wanna do or how you wanna do it. This is art. Who says it has to be one way? Whatever you do make sure to put your heart in it.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Getting my music to a wider audience especially in a small city. I know if I can reach a wider audience the possibilities are endless.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social media seems to be the biggest outlet these days, and for those artist with a minimal budget it’s the only way.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m originally from New Jersey, but am living in Martinsburg, WV. The music scene has some talent, but there’s a lot of stupid ass egos that get in the way of people working with each other. A real crab in a bucket mentality. Nobody wants to see nobody make it outta here.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Traveling and touring. When I come home I’ll bring pride back to Dub V. I’ll have a big house with a lot of dogs and that big bag of money.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I really admire fighters, MMA and boxers. It’s the discipline, the training, that warrior spirit. I also have to say 50 Cent. Every time they count him out he finds a way to reinvent himself and make more money; shrewd business man. I can’t forget my pops, a very militant and disciplined Muslim brother.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I love the beats, the 808s. People complain about hip hop nowadays. I just embrace it, and I try to find things I like about the new era instead of shitting on it. I understand that things evolve and change, you can’t expect hip hop to be what it was 10 years ago.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: Khaaliq Rhem