“Nowadays everyone looks for a banging beat and a catchy hook. Real hip hop doesn’t exist anyone, underground music is where hip hop still lives.”
Check out the interview with Grafikz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Grafikz: It all began in the sixth grade when I used to be in choir and I was just developing the artist that I am now. Along with best friend, HR, as kids we would do talent shows, sing, and make new songs not knowing what we were doing and just having fun with it. We grew apart putting out music on hold only to reunite years later and start a new form of hip hop that would called stoner trap and s toner r&b due to us both loving marijuana.
I’ve enjoyed the fans who email me about my music throughout the years. It’s been the fans who’ve kept me pursuing what I love so much. My music history has been a short one so far, but I have many years ahead of me to create the story that I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best way to promote yourself is to always use word of mouth and to brand yourself with buying promotions.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to become one a G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) of hip hop. I want to be able to become a self-made artist and to one day run and own my own record label.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about the music business is figuring out what’s next for you as an artist and how far you are willing to take your career.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Las Vegas is the city I live in. Basically it’s the city full of those bright lights and long nights, but not every night is a party. The music scene has its key players, but a lot of people in my city try to be the next big artist and don’t think outside the box when it comes down to the music. Everyone is too busy being in competition with others. The majority of the artists in the city are whack, but then again you do have those few artists who make waves with their music and can make a difference with what they have produced.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Honestly, just keep pushing for your dreams. If you feel you can make a change in the music world, then by all means do what you love and never try to be someone that you’re not. Always stay true, humble, and blessed for every opportunity you get.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
One of my greatest achievements was becoming a number one. In achievements it was becoming the #1 indie hip hop artist in the state of Nevada for over 4 months, having 5 of my songs in the top 5 at the same time, and having 3 of my songs as number 1-3 on the charts under all genres for Nevada. I’m blessed for everything what has happen so far for me as an indie hip hop artist.
What is your inspiration?
My main inspiration has to me old school hip hop (90s). Artist-wise it would have to be Wiz Khalifa, his music from his past and present has played a major part of who I became; as well as Bob Marley. Having both influences has gave me a hip hop style like no other. People often call me the Bob Marley of hip hop due to how my style of hip hop is.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
It’s possible but not likely. Everyone’s music is sounding the same and doesn’t have meaning behind their lyrics, unlike the 80’s/90’s/early 2000’s when music actually had feeling. Nowadays everyone looks for a banging beat and a catchy hook. Real hip hop doesn’t exist anyone, underground music is where hip hop still lives. Mainstream garbage isn’t anywhere near how hip hop was. I just feel success should be measured on your lyricism and not just how catchy your song is.
Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: @Marquez Thomas | @Grafikz