“Some of it is nice, but nowadays we are missing that real hunger shit.”
Check out the interview with MAID exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
MAID: I’m a polyglot artist born in Cameroon. As a result of the divorce of my parents in 1993, I immigrated to America as a young boy with my mother. I grew up in New York, Roosevelt Island. It was in Besançon (France) where I founded a crew named Black Diplomats with 4 of my friends. We took second place in a hip hop contest in Paris in 2009.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there is to never give up no matter what, be open minded, stay consistent, never take something for granted, always be ready to learn something, and stay true to yourself.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
To motivate the youth, trying to bring the real hip hop back, and keep it real with my people.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Via social media, all the majors, PR, blogs, and building a street team as well.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Actually am living in Switzerland in Biel/Bnc/Bienne. It’s a hip hop city. Multi-cultured. Full of talented artists. We don’t give enough props to certain artists.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I am definitely blessed. I can see my struggle, my hustle, and I just have to keep it up.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My father. I have always been influenced by the greatest of all time like Notorious Big, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Method Man, M.O.P., Jay Z, and many more.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Some of it is nice, but nowadays we are missing that real hunger shit.