“The best way to promote yourself is to be in people’s faces constantly giving them no reason to forget who you are.”
Check out the interview with M3TAPHOR exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
M3TAPHOR: Back when I was 12 years old and in middle school (I’m 16 now), I discovered this rapper online; really, really whack rapper. I kept an eye on him and eventually he came out with a video stating that if someone could beat him in a rap battle that he would quit YouTube. Immediately I got to writing and that same night I had a video up in response as a diss. Later the next day I went to his channel and it didn’t exist anymore.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Man, don’t wait on your dreams. If you want to be something bad enough, you’ll hustle hard to be that something. But it’s most important to stay yourself and to not let anyone else’s opinion or choices change who you are. Dream about it, plan about it, and be about it.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest challenge is the fact I have been dedicating so much time into this all; promotion, networking, marketing, recording, writing, etc. and that’s what consumes most of my time when I’m not in class doing my academics.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Oh that’s an easy one, don’t mass tag people in a video post. The best way to promote yourself is to be in people’s faces constantly giving them no reason to forget who you are. But social media wise, I almost want to say share your work in Facebook groups and have your closest supporters push your music on other people.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city, what a wreck. My hometown doesn’t have too many artists. A few I could name off, but those female fans show a lot of love just like my people all across USA. The current city I’m in seems to be a mix though, they hate to love me and love to hate me; so I don’t mind.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I’ll probably be back at home after traveling to places like Texas for music related work I’m doing with a major artist down there. My south side people know who they are, I’ll see you guys in summer ’17. Aside from that, I’ll still be working on music; hopefully with many more major artists besides the ones I’m already working with.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
These days I don’t really look up to anyone for anything anymore. I’m really about looking to myself for inspiration, though I used to be really into people like Hopsin, Tech N9ne, Immortal Technique, etc. These days I listen to whatever I vibe to, feels authentic, and classy to me.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music of today is evolving. I’m not gonna complain or sit here and tell you “I hate that s**t.” Just know I’m in a grey-zone with it. Again, it would depend on how I’m feeling and whether or not I like the vibe of it. I like the dark but dreamy, almost acid trip hip hop music and that’s what direction I’m headed in for the most part.
Where can we contact you and find you online?