“I live in Madison, Wisconsin and the music scene in my city is not too big though it is growing. Many rappers in my city are from the Chicago area and are into drill music as well. I’m one of the very few artists who actually make music about something other than guns and drugs.”

Check out the interview with Koolie Biggs exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Koolie Biggs: I grew up kind of like any other ghetto child. Making music was the only thing that kept me in the house and out of trouble. I also grew up with music being a pretty big part of my life and family. Around the 5th grade I was exposed to an actual studio and ever since then I’ve been addicted.

For about the next 6 years I studied rappers like Bone Thugz, NWA, Warren G, KRS-One, Nas, Erykah Badu, The Notorious B.I.G., and specifically paid close attention to Tupac to learn the craft from the greatest. Within those 6 years I created a studio out of scratch using my closet and still use it today, though I would much prefer an actual studio.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I like to connect with fans and supporters by face timing, snap chatting, gaming, etc. On beautiful days I go downtown with my friends and have freestyle sessions by the lake. My name usually spreads by word of mouth.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
It seems like so many listeners have tunnel vision for one type of genre. For example: everyone is into to drill music and producing it, but what people don’t realize is you can’t go your whole life making music about trending clothes and killing people. Rappers need to be held accountable for their actions.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I live in Madison, Wisconsin and the music scene in my city is not too big though it is growing. Many rappers in my city are from the Chicago area and are into drill music as well. I’m one of the very few artists who actually make music about something other than guns and drugs.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I believe the future of music is going to be full of lyrical content packed with a message, but at the same time can be party music. I feel artists can be more a part of music by making songs about things they’ve experienced or writing with a lot of passion, as well as being more in tune with their communities and their surroundings.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Originality. Artists (even myself) falling victim to trends. I try to stay as original as possible along with being different from everyone else by simply being myself. If you’re basing your career on a banging beat and a catchy hook, as an artist do you know what you just did? You made the producer big. Be yourself.

What inspires you to write your next song?
My 3 main inspirations are my struggle, my pain, and with my mother. Other than that, my environment and what’s going on in the environment. Whether it’s a hostile environment or peaceful environment, I like to write about both.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I don’t really have any specific steps to making a song besides from always telling myself “the real always lasts forever, so always speak the truth and people will feel where I’m coming from.” Sometimes I write without a beat, sometimes I write with a beat, and sometimes I don’t even write at all.

What do you think makes a great song?
A good message. I cannot emphasize that enough. Your word play has to be on point meaning the words you choose to use in your song have to make sense along with having a short and catchy hook.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: thekiddkoolie.wix.com/thekiddkoolie
YouTube: TheKiddKoolie
Reverbnation: kooliebiggs
Facebook: madisonheightsmusic | TheKiddKoolie1
Soundcloud: thekiddkoolie