“I’m from Connecticut and it’s been hard being an artist from here. I feel like no one takes us serious. The hardest thing for me is trying to get the industry to listen and take me serious. All you need to do is listen. My music speaks for itself.”
Check out the interview with O da hustler exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
O da hustler: It all started at a young age for me. Growing up in New Haven, CT hip hop has always been a part of my life, but I didn’t start rapping until I was 14. Then when I was 16 my dad passed in a motorcycle accident and I put my mic down for a few years. I picked it back up about two years ago and I have been making moves ever since.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest advice would be to be yourself, make your music, and never follow anyone else. It’s good to be different and it will set you apart from everyone else. Don’t be scared to do you.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I’m from Connecticut and it’s been hard being an artist from here. I feel like no one takes us serious. The hardest thing for me is trying to get the industry to listen and take me serious. All you need to do is listen. My music speaks for itself.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I have a PR guy who promotes my stuff and I also promote all my music. The internet is the best way to promote right now. There’s more people on the internet than there are people watching TV.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city is great and I love New Haven, but as far as music goes it’s hard to make it. There are a lot of haters that will stop you from living your dreams. If you can ignore the hate and hustle hard you can do whatever I believe. My mom’s told me that.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I hope to be a bigger name in the music world. I am willing to put it all on the line to prove my talents. Also, I have a story to tell so I hope that in a year from now people will want to listen.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspirations are my two beautiful daughters Kaylonie and Yubi. They make me want to be the best I can. Family is a big part of me and my music. My whole family and friends is what inspires me.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I love hip hop. Kendrick, J. Cole, Fred da Godson, Maino, etc. I like some of the new stuff, but I don’t feel like its hip hop. It’s more pop to me, but I enjoy all music.