“The music coming out today I swear is garbage. They just want to play anything that belittles the mind of the public. Why can’t we have rappers that stimulate the mind and talk about current situations and express their opinions?”

Check out the interview with Too Stoned exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Too Stoned: This all started as a hobby playing beats in my living room with my brother who is ten years older than me. We would just freestyle with each other to pass the time. As I started to get older I continued to do it with friends from my old block and friends from high school. Years later when I was 21 I learned about the studio and how to write thanks to my boys LNO. Since then I have stuck with it and we still do music from time to time.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest piece of advice is that if this is something you want to do and are for sure, then go for it. The greatest part of this industry is that you create your product and can manage every aspect of what you do. Follow your dreams because in the world we currently live in that does not exist anymore. This has been my dream since I was a young kid.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Studio time is not cheap and building a strong fan base is hard. Selling your product is hard to, but these are things you learn as you continue to grow as an artist. Learning proper recording techniques and finding ways to become more efficient in the studio.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Getting your name out there is number one priority. Doing interviews like these and becoming partners with companies like these can help you tremendously. People want to see what you’re about and this is the way to do so. I also promote via social media as well and on the streets.

Local fans are you back bone because I believe they will support someone they can see and relate too due to living in the same state and support for that reason. Also never ever stop working on your craft always try to get better, that’s how all there greats have done it.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city is one to be proud of since I live in Miami. The party central in my eyes. Artists here are cool. The fans will support and appreciate your music if it’s good. It’s a hard knock city when it comes to upcoming artists. Maybe one of the hardest cities for becoming an artist, but I don’t let that stop me.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I have a lot of things planned for 2016 like a new mixtape and hopefully some performances and music video releases. Team G, which is my own label, will start some shirt designs as well. Most definitely keep you posted when those are released.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
One big inspirations is my father who had passed away in February of last year. Also the Notorious B.I.G. is a main inspiration for my writing. I love the way he flows and makes it look so easy and that is my goal to make hot music and be a raw emcee.

Cole is another one too, probably one of the most underrated but people don’t understand the true meaning behind hip hop and he brings that back. Jay Z is another one that inspires me to write.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music coming out today I swear is garbage. They just want to play anything that belittles the mind of the public. Why can’t we have rappers that stimulate the mind and talk about current situations and express their opinions? The new generation won’t know about the greats unless we teach it to them. They are mostly exposed to the whack garbage.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Reverbnation: @2stonedrecords
Facebook: @arturo.martinez.1610
Instagram: @therealtoostoned.teamg

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