“My biggest piece of advice would be to always stay true to yourself. Be a leader, not a follower. Nowadays these youngsters follow trends rather than setting ’em. Stop rapping about things that aren’t you.”
Check out the interview with Conflikt exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Conflikt: It all began with poetry which eventually transitioned to hip hop. During my high school days I used to study the dictionary while class was in session. It’s the key reason I’m the lyricist I am today. My 1st live performance was in Yonkers, NY and I’ll tell you that’s when stage freight hit me, but I did my thing and the crowd still showed me love.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest piece of advice would be to always stay true to yourself. Be a leader, not a follower. Nowadays these youngsters follow trends rather than setting ’em. Stop rapping about things that aren’t you. And if you are about that life stop dry snitching on yourselves in your verses because the hip hop police are tuning in as well.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest challenge in my position I would say is not having enough time in my day to pursue my dream like I used to. I’m a blue collar that works 10 – 12 hours a day, at times even more. Then dealing with other distractions as well. It’s somewhat hard to stay focused when you constantly have someone or something sidetracking you.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Live performances and music videos. Money talks and I invest a lot in my music. Clearly from studio time to buying original beats to paying for promo. I also use the basic social media where all my fam and friends are constantly liking and sharing my latest material that I post.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m originally from Queens and Bronx, NY so you already know the level of hip hop we’re on. Everything is a competition with us no matter what. When it comes to the fans NY is always a hard crowd to grab. They love you for what you can do and hate you for what they can’t do.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Regardless where I am in a year I’ll still be grinding with my music. I’ve been on podcasts but would like to hear myself on big time radio stations. I’ve been on YouTube, but I’d like to see myself on actual TV. I’ve been in cyphers, but I’d like to be on the BET Cypher. Like I said I’ll still be grinding, setting goals and just aiming higher.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My inspirations are Big Pun, Big L, Tupac, and Biggie. What inspired me is obviously what I’ve endured and seen in my life. It’s like a breath of fresh air when I let everything off my chest into a hot song and sit there, listen to it, and truly be proud of a piece of work I’ve created. Who I look up to today is me myself and I to make him a better person.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Honestly, I got mixed emotions about the music that’s out nowadays. There’s tracks that I can bump to and tracks that as soon as I hear it I’m flipping to the next station or just turning off the radio. I guess it is what it is. What can you do? I’ll just maintain doing what I do and staying original.