“I’m born and raised in the Midwest and I’ve been in the southwest almost 20 years now. I found myself going back and forth between certain styles. At the end of the day I learned to just go with what I feel and when I put it all out on stage the reactions I get are priceless.”

Check out the interview with GBOI exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
GBOI: I’m the founder and CEO of GBOI-ENT with affiliation and partnership with Da Factory Music Or Nuthin. As a native of Chicago, I started to gain interest in music a year after moving to Arizona in 1996. After being introduced to Yog Westwood, my team (Big Feasy, JS Da Future, and Guccie) and I hit the local scene tough dropping projects and exploding into the show scene. I’ve taken my game to a whole new level with moves that lead to an out-of-state show in Tulare, CA and a tour alongside Afroman, Lil Whyte, and Property Six.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
As much internet media as possible. From social media to internet radio stations, networking at venues, and most of all merchandise.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge is being my biggest critic. I’m born and raised in the Midwest and I’ve been in the southwest almost 20 years now. I found myself going back and forth between certain styles. At the end of the day I learned to just go with what I feel and when I put it all out on stage the reactions I get are priceless.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
One thing for sure there are a lot of hungry rising artists in Arizona. Slowly but surely some artists are making a way opening doors and really trying to bring unity. As far as the scene as a whole, I’m learning the key is to be known outside of your state. At home you will always be local. If that’s what you choose then to each’s own. I want my music to go worldwide.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
To be honest, if us real ones don’t take the game back over it’s a wrap. There’s too much water downed, fake want to be rappers out here perpetrating and giving the game a bad name. With more and more artists doing their independent grind, you got all the control. No need for a label and some BS.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
My first advice for any artist on this music journey is you have to invest in yourself. Set a budget.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Any and everything can inspire me to write a song, from a bad day at work to a personal issue.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
First step is to find the beat. That is the first thing that will make an impression. Next choose a concept/topic and build a nice hook/chorus. Last but not least, the verses.

What do you think makes a great song?
A great song has a mixture of a lot of things such as a great beat, lyrics, concept, song arrangement, and recording quality.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.gboi-ent.com
Soundcloud: N-I-AKA-GBOI
Twitter: @NIgboi22
Instagram: @nigboi22
Facebook: @gboi.Ent
Email: N.igboi22@gmail.com