“Playing live shows around your city and state is a sure fire way to interact with people and meet/make fans.”
Check out the interview with Rob Diablo exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Rob Diablo: I used to rap to songs I grew up with and rapping in front of mirrors to the stuff I listened to, everything from 2Pac to Eminem and everything in between. That was the technical part and my ear for music and rhythm. The passion didn’t come until I was 17 and life hit me hard. I realized hip hop to me was more powerful than what everyone around me took it as. This music literally saved my life.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t get caught up in the hype that surrounds this game. You may get a buzz, you may not. Regardless don’t lose yourself and if you truly see yourself making this music don’t give up because like anything, growth is what’s gonna separate you from the bustas. Be a man about the moves you make.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Getting slept on for one. I’m young myself, but I’m an old soul at heart. It’s also hard to watch the small things from your old life fade away. While it’s true some things might blossom, the comforts of the life you had when you were struggling seem more obsolete. That’s why I try to stay as grounded as possible. Familia first.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Playing live shows around your city and state is a sure fire way to interact with people and meet/make fans. As far as worldwide, I love making videos to put a face to the voice these fans hear. Make a visual to the picture I already paint in people heads. I do whatever I can to get out there.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Right now I currently live in Grand Rapids, but I’ve lived all over Michigan from Flint to Detroit to even the sticks. As far as GR, it’s unique out here. It’s more live as far as the sound goes. GR is diverse depending on where you stay or how you live influences the sound. The fans are cool as hell, but you can definitely tell who the ride or die ones are.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I wish I knew, life’s so crazy. My music will progress regardless and so does my grind. I’ll just be that much closer to where I wanna be. Hopefully big collabs with some of the artists I’ve been peepin’ lately.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Tha Don himself. Pac gave me that drive not only as an artist but as a person. He taught me to not be afraid to have that fire and truth that can make people uncomfortable. As far as today, my attention mainly has been on Brainsick Music. All of them are solid. The homie ISO got me through some rough patches. Shoutout to the Brain. Also the homie Phora.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Depends where your attention is directed. If you dig the radio stuff that’s cool, I guess. Just don’t let it control your way of thinking. Me personally, I stay true to my roots. I like underground, that real G music, or just solid ass tracks. We all know what’s real and what ain’t. I hope.