“Understanding the business before and behind the music. I worked hard at becoming a seasoned and tuned artist that I had no sense of the business. Now that I’m a complete artist I’m putting extra focus into the business.”
Check out the interview with YG ProB exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
YG ProB: The vision started when I was in prison. After my release I masterminded a blueprint plan of strategy behind my music that is still in action today.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Direct and/or personal contact with fans and interacting with new people. All in all just relating. I also at times release promo demos of prominent beats to spark interest or attract more attention. Not every day you hear someone rapping over a J. Cole beat.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Understanding the business before and behind the music. I worked hard at becoming a seasoned and tuned artist that I had no sense of the business. Now that I’m a complete artist I’m putting extra focus into the business. Money is what makes this possible and good business brings bundles of money.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The music scene here is unorthodox and wide open. All in good favor, it gives everyone the opportunity to create and be original. I don’t like that a lot of artists only stay to one topic in the genre. Most of the artists in my hometown only rap about drugs and dope.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I feel like hip hop is losing its core, but at the same time there are artists in place who have the power to keep it in order. With all the biting and fake jewelry mixed with the garbage subject material being put out, it’s not looking too good for the future of the genre in my eyes.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Stay focused. Study the business first. Trust your intuition and have an open mind to new ideas. If you don’t step out your comfort zone how can you expect to grow and become as an artist. Most of all believe in yourself, but have patience to due process.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I’m constantly funneling ideas into my head. All off life experiences. My trials and tribulations in life have empowered me to push harder through music.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Pick through my beats catalog and find one that sticks in my head or catches the ear. After that everything else follows and comes natural. Rhythm of flow, then the hook, study key notes in the hook, and then create verses.
What do you think makes a great song?
Emotion and truth in relation to the people
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