“Everyone is a rapper these days, but what separates those who just rap and those who live for it is the mentality behind performances.”

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

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Nojmad:
My true start to the music scene began in Hollywood at Los Angeles Recording Studios where I decided to take a chance and take a two hour bus ride to obtain my music engineering certificate. I met this cat that went by Pitch Black and we recorded a track called “Steps to My Walk.” That was my first official track recorded and because I grew up listing to real hip hop I decided to start my own label in 2010 called Legit Lyric Records.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I believe the best way to promote is by word of mouth and performing. Everyone is a rapper these days, but what separates those who just rap and those who live for it is the mentality behind performances.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
What I ultimately want to become is who I already am. I mean of course I want to get big and buy my mom a house, but I like music for the stories and inspiration I can give out. So being a legit artist is enough for me.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Hardest thing about being in this game is staying yourself. It’s real easy to say “I’m going to change it up one time for a quick shine,” but I always remember why I started this and that feeling keeps me grounded.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
My city was and still is a mix between many cities. From living in the bay to moving to Los Angeles, the music scene was always questioned by different trends and movements. It was rough living in Compton and transitioning to Las Vegas, the hustle was more extreme as far as music since Vegas is full of entertainment.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
My advice to the upcoming artist is don’t be afraid to be you. Hip hop is falling off mainstream, but if you really got a story to tell, tell it.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I remember my brother was attending Northridge College and his fraternity needed someone to represent them for a talent. I performed my single “Crowd Rocker.” It wasn’t the performance that was the highlight, it was the crowd reaction. This college girl who I’ve never met got on one of her friends shoulders and started rapping the hook.

What is your inspiration?
My inspiration behind it all is my life. My story of how I survived some things that all people go through and some things only a select few can relate to. Hearing music from B.I.G and A Tribe Called Quest had me more in tune with myself than the streets. I followed the sound instead of the law of the street.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I believe success is determined by what you are looking to achieve. So if you just want to do music for the “feel good” then of course. But those that are looking for the “quick shine” may find it harder since you’re not pleasing other people other than yourself.

Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: www.nojmad.com
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/legitlyfe
Facebook: Jamonte Nojmad Thompson