“For about two years I never touched a pen and pad, I was terrified to go manic again. I make music now without fear so I’m just starting to promote myself.”
Check out the interview with Wes exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Wes: I started writing short poems to vent, then it turned into freestyling rap. Between the drinking, drugging, rapping, and women, I developed a mental illness called schizo-affective disorder. For about two years I never touched a pen and pad, I was terrified to go manic again. I make music now without fear so I’m just starting to promote myself.
What would be your biggest piece of advice to the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
If you feel Inspired to write music, then do it. Don’t make fame, drugs, cash, and women your goal. That comes with the territory. I personally love battle rapping, it feels good to cuss people out. Just have fun no matter what you do and you will succeed.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Trying not to hurt myself. I still have thoughts about gouging my eyes out. For the most part I shake it off. I would think about promoting myself, but it always felt like an ego trip. With everyone wanting to be a rapper these days, it’s hard to be taken seriously. I just remember it’s for fun and shrug it off.
We all know the entertainment industry is very tough but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
To earn respect you have to show it. There’s a small coffee shop in Orlando called Austin’s Coffee. On Monday nights they have a freestyle rap night. I met Swamburger from Solillaquist of Sound there. He shook my hand after I rapped one night, it was the most props I ever gotten at that point. You never know who you’ll meet at these kind of events.
Tell us about your city. How are the artist and fans.
There are many talented guys here in Orlando. I’ve seen Heir Jordan from Kings Offspring, Mad Illz, and some other locals hit the stage. The fans I feel are like everywhere else. They just want real music. You can tell when someone spits truth and when people who never did what they claim in a rap.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Serving God. I would like to take a trip to an actual studio. All my recordings thus far were on a laptop in my bedroom. I also would like to collaborate with other artists.
Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest Inspiration comes from a chapter in the Bible. Revelation 22 to the end sums it up. I’m a Christian, but my ministry doesn’t call people to repent. Let the righteous be righteous, and the filthy be filthy. You want to be an unrepentant sinner? Fine, go jump in a lake. I respect people who tell the truth for a living.
What do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Radio rap in my opinion is terrible. What’s with all the mumbling? All genres seem to have the same message, but just different words. A hard beat and mindless lyrics, that’s what these drug companies are peddling. There are however many artists that stand out and shine without radio promotion. They know who they are.
Where can we find you online?
YouTube: Wesley Bengtson
Facebook: Wesley Bengtson