“It’s not on until you have a buzz that everybody starts to mess with your music but at the same time don’t. Sounds like it happens everywhere doesn’t it? Toronto is that next level of hate when it comes to talented artists that are on the come up.”

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

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Shaolin: I started freestyling on my block Grandravine in 2012 with my homie Jynx Synda. We used to freestyle every single day exchanging patterns and bars on till I developed my own unique style named The Shaolin Style.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Keep your mind on your lyrics, express what moves and motivates you day in and day out. Make music that you love that moves your friends and family. Keep in mind that staying true to yourself and rhymes is the most important. Remain original, compose a style that’s untouchable and don’t forget to have fun.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Getting my music on blogs which increases exposure. I have problems gaining the views that I deserve when I drop classics and gems. Getting shows that actually could bring me to that next step.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Through social media mediums, getting your music and videos on the right blogs, having a team of people that highly believe in your music which can promote it day in and day out and also shows that enhance your fan base.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I come from Toronto aka ScrewFaceCapital. Even if you’re mad nice (talented) the fans and audience will analyze your sound but only a couple out of hundreds will approach you with love. It’s not on until you have a buzz that everybody starts to mess with your music but at the same time don’t. Sounds like it happens everywhere doesn’t it? Toronto is that next level of hate when it comes to talented artists that are on the come up.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I honestly see myself making progressions with my sound and writing ability, rocking shows across Canada and in The States, releasing more projects for my fans and friends that love the sound, seeing myself on a bigger plateau than I’m currently on.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Nas, Kool G Rap, AZ, Big L, Eminem when I comes to hip hop. Of course my mother Suzette Charles who is my biggest inspiration and motivation.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel that majority of the music that is hot in this day and age isn’t good at all. It’s the same old loud beat with repetitive rhymes.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Live Mixtapes: The Monk 2
Facebook: Shaolin
Instagram: yungshao