“For me, when I release a song I ask for feedback. Feedback is good thing to ask for since people will tell you if you need to work on like deliverance or flow to the beat.”
Check out the interview with Kenyatta exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Kenyatta: Growing up I wanted to record and write music when I heard Nas and 2pac. In 2005 during the summer I went to my cousin’s house and I saw them record their music. That made me want to record my music. 2011 came and I went to a studio and recorded my first mixtape.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Social media is big now. Everyone can promote through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others. For me, when I release a song I ask for feedback. Feedback is good thing to ask for since people will tell you if you need to work on like deliverance or flow to the beat.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be the best as I can be. Get people to know where I’m coming from and relate to other people.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I guess, it can be features. The majority of artists will say “send me something so we can wreck it together,” but when you send them your songs they never record their verses at all. The waiting really sucks.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
It’s 50/50. I live in the Twin Cities where the music scene’s getting bigger, but a lot of people are hating on each other a lot. The majority of artists won’t work with others unless they’re in their camp or crew. Minneapolis can be dangerous if you’re in the wrong area, but the city’s great place to be in.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Always stay true to yourself. Don’t let anyone try to change who you are.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
People that I don’t know come up and ask me if I am Kenyatta.
What is your inspiration?
I have a lot like 2pac and Nas. They had stories in their music and they showed positive things in communities as well as giving out to the local kids or schools.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes definitely, anyone can be successful.