“Embrace each and every opportunity you can, do what makes you feel the most you, and you have to want it because no one can want it for you; be your own everything.”
Check out the interview with Nobodies exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Jah: 2005, my elementary school lunch table. I was the guy who made beats on the table.
Matt: When 50 Cent dropped The Massacre. I immediately became a murderous gangster rapper with several “straps,” then I realized you can’t actually just rap about stuff you know nothing about.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Jah: Work hard as fuck, but work smart. You fail to plan, you plan to fail. Also do whatever you feel is right. Don’t hold back your emotions.
Matt: Work ethic over everything. Embrace each and every opportunity you can, do what makes you feel the most you, and you have to want it because no one can want it for you; be your own everything.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Jah: Juggling real life and chasing my goals. No job, no car, no money, no school. It really eats at your self-esteem.
Matt: Maintaining relationships. You’re going to lose a lot on the way and you have to be content with the fact that not everyone can live your dream, not everyone is going to understand your obligation to succeed above all else, not everyone is going to ride like they say they will, and not everyone who is on the ride has the best intentions.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Jah: The best way to promote and advertise your music is video clips. Videos do way more than posting songs.
Matt: Making yourself, the brand and matching your message to the music. Let your supporters in on as much as possible because without them you’ve got nada.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans? Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Jah: It’s competitive. A lot of people sound the same. It’s almost like a confusion of mainstream and underground. The fans are very fickle. Maybe it’s like this everywhere, but fans want the new. So if you’re not out here putting on a show they will forget about your ass ASAP.
Matt: The artists at home are one kind of cluster of what’s been done or what the others locally are doing. There are some gems though, but no one wants to build together. The fans ride the wave of whoever’s the most popping regardless of talent level.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Jah: A year from today: new car, new laptop, hella videos, and probably a small tour funded by the squad. Living pretty comfortable but not substantial just yet. Nothing rich, ya know? But who knows.
Matt: Achieving my dream of becoming a unicorn.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Jah: Eminem was my rapping influence. Smurff was my producing influence, he got me interested. Honestly, my style came from nothing though. I didn’t really listen to other people for production at the time. I just made stuff that I liked and figured out.
Matt: 50 Cent and Lil Wayne really got me into rapping. Kanye made me want to be different and Robb Banks showed me it’s as easy as being yourself. I get inspired all the time though: a movie, a book, a new artist, an old song, it could be anything.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Jah: I love the music coming out today, it’s mad experimental and I’m all for it. But then again, I don’t listen to enough new music to say much.
Matt: I genuinely don’t know much about the music coming out today, but I like the fact that anyone and anything can find a lane to be successful these days. I think we really need to start naming these new genres because not every black guy with dreads who makes music is a rapper and the music reflects that, but no one wants to call it anything but rap.