“I’m only 13. I have a hard time getting in clubs to perform. I get called to do a lot shows, but my age keeps me from getting in and performing. I have to work a little harder to get heard than the older rappers.”
Check out the interview with WildBoyRa exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
WildBoyRa: I have been rapping and making music since I was 8 years old. I used to freestyle in the car with my pops. My mother had a friend who used to visit our store and she asked me to go to the studio with her son to make a song. I wrote my verse in the studio and dropped my flow, one take. People did not believe that it was me who wrote the song since I was only 9 years old.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Blogs and social media. I think word of mouth helps too. Getting the songs to the deejays to play too. I used internet radio to try to get interviews and get my songs played. I made a website and shared it with people. I perform and pass out flyers and cds.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to become a business. My pops told me the more I can do the more I can get. Why wait for a record deal? I’m going to work hard so that they can come to me. I want to be able to own my label and make music and help people.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I’m only 13. I have a hard time getting in clubs to perform. I get called to do a lot shows, but my age keeps me from getting in and performing. I have to work a little harder to get heard than the older rappers.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m from southeast Washington DC. My city is getting good in the rap game. There is always a show every week and there are a lot of chances for a rapper to be heard now. Living here is tough in SE. There’s a lot of shootings in the city and in my neighborhood. A lot a gangs and school fights.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Work, work, work. Every day you got to promote yourself and find a good team to help you. I go everywhere and try to perform. I sell my CDs, I post videos, and pass out cards and try to get people to support me.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I performed at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington DC and Universal Soul Circus. I performed from New York to South Carolina in shows and 100’s of schools. I had a lot of my songs played on the radio and music apps.
What is your inspiration?
My father he used to make music back in the day. Also, Biggie is my favorite rapper. I listened to him before I perform to give me swag.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
It is hard because a lot of people are doing this. I see Kendrick Lamar and Drake and I want to be like them. I feel it is possible to be successful today.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official Website: www.wildboyra.com
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