“I’d say sacrifice. Making sacrifices that you obviously don’t want to. Leaving relationships, quitting a normal job, investing in yourself, not eating, not sleeping, all that. My sacrifices are easily the hardest decisions I’ve had to make.”

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

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Leanidus:
That’s easy, my mom. She used to play Pac, Snoop, Aretha Franklin, and Keith Sweat. As a youngin’ I liked E-40. I just loved music as a kid. I wrote my first lyrics in like 3rd grade, but it wasn’t until I got caught writing rhymes in summer school. My teacher read the page at her desk and said, “This is what you need to do when you graduate.” I moved to Colorado and have been grinding ever since.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Online is number one of course, but in all honesty they all work to their best abilities. You just got to apply yourself. I’ve promoted online, done shows, performed downtown on the streets, merch, etc. They all have brought me what I’ve put into them.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
The best me I can be. One of the greatest and if anybody says anything different they’re lying, or they have no real love for this. You play football to be the greatest, not a big check; you qualify for the Olympics and you want the gold now, you’re not busting ass to get bronze. I’m trying to be one of the greatest rappers you’ll ever see.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I’d say sacrifice. Making sacrifices that you obviously don’t want to. Leaving relationships, quitting a normal job, investing in yourself, not eating, not sleeping, all that. My sacrifices are easily the hardest decisions I’ve had to make.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
My city is dope. It’s Denver baby. I’m originally from Las Vegas. Shout out to my Sin City Chiefs, but I moved here in 2012. The music scene is coming up and this city has talent all over. Living in Denver is like a paradise, the summers are warm, and the winters are cold. And of course weed is legal here, and that’s sweet.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Stay true to yourself and don’t listen to anybody. Make the tracks you like, not what you think they’re going to like. It’s still about you when that pen hits the pad. Too many people make what everyone else likes, stay true to you and make them classics.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I’d have to go with meeting my producer Red and all of Flight Time. I’ve been recording with them for 2 years now and they push me so much and always keep me wanting to work harder.

What is your inspiration?
My biggest inspiration would be my mom. I do what I do for us. It’s always been us since I was young and I want to take care of her. My mom is everything to me and I want to make her proud of me. Love you Mama.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I feel it just takes hard work, skill, and heart to make it. I don’t think anyone can in my eyes. Music is music. If it’s good it’s going to work, but hard work gets it to the right people. If you’re making dope tracks, but you’re lazy your stuff isn’t going anywhere. You gotta have heart and apply yourself.

Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: onlyoneleanidus
Twitter: @thewayilean
Instagram: @onlyoneleanidus