“I feel like artists should promote education in their music a little more. Start making their listeners exercise their minds figuring out metaphors and things of that nature.”
Check out the interview with CBB Smoke exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
CBB Smoke: My journey into this started at the age of 16. I was a troublemaker in my younger years of life, and it landed me in a place where I obtained a lot of knowledge. Rapping was introduced to me as a form anger control. That’s when I started to pay attention to certain things in my favorite artist’s music that they all had in common. Their word-play was crazy. They connected in every form, and I started to base my music that way.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I personally don’t have any special technique on promoting my music. What I see within me personally is my ambition to make this happen for myself. I think about Birdman when promotion is mentioned to me. Their ambition, dedication, and persistence got them where they are now. I need to roll with the punches (discouragement), and swing back (dedication).
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I feel that the greatest challenge I’m going to face in this business is not reading a fake person fast enough. I know that I have talent, and if I don’t obtain the knowledge to what I’m doing I will be taken advantage of in this business. I’ve been through things like that in my life growing up.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
It’s really beginning to heat up. There’s a few dudes that are making music in my area that’s got some sauce. I like that we’re all from the same neighborhood and we’re doing something productive with ourselves. What I don’t like is that everyone doesn’t want to work with me.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is looking gloomy. I feel like artists should promote education in their music a little more. Start making their listeners exercise their minds figuring out metaphors and things of that nature. That will trigger a chain reaction of competition amongst rappers to create the most lyrical music with the same and/or different waves of choruses.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Remain humble and stay consistent. View discouragement as your music being noticed a little bit more.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I have many inspirations that help me easily write my music. I get in my zone with my headphones and notes.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Reading the beat. Understanding the beat. No hit song would be a hit without that crazy beat. I study the beat first, then I start to play around with the beat and next thing you know that’s the hook right there. Once the hook is made everything else is down the drain.
What do you think makes a great song?
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