“Make sure this is what you want to do first. And if it is, practice like it’s a sport, study like you have a test and don’t give up if you feel like this is what you were meant to do.”

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

SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Yodz: I was always into music as far as listening goes. My obsession with writing music came when I was 10 years of age. I was fond of how you can turn thoughts, words, and experiences into something relatable to the whole world.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Make sure this is what you want to do first. And if it is, practice like it’s a sport, study like you have a test and don’t give up if you feel like this is what you were meant to do.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Being a rapper, in general, is a challenge and task in its self. Everybody’s doing it, so you have to set the difference in yourself when you have so many people from your exact background trying to do the same thing.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social media is at an all-time high as far as being able to be seen by your peer fans and etc. I find that the best way to promote yourself and advertise yourself. Whether it’s Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from NYC. The culture here is very diverse. But I can say that if the music is good fans are going to come. It’s sometimes hard to connect with artist though, whether they seem to be always busy, or just getting in contact, in general, can be hard as artists sometimes have old numbers or the number they provided is not their direct number and is like a manager or a close friend.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I can see me dropping my debut album whether still indie or signed to a label. Traveling the states or the world introducing my brand to everybody who admires the hip-hop culture.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
One of the biggest inspirations is my mother. I see what she had to sacrifice and endure to raise me and my sisters in the housing authority of new york. As far as musical inspirations go, I have a decent list of people. First, my older brother: Jerry was the one who put the rapping bug in my ear at a young age so without him I wouldn’t of never probably picked up a mic. As far as artists themselves Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Eminem, Biggie, Tupac, Kendrick, and Drake have motivated me a lot. When I hear songs from them, it’s like ok yodz you dropping the next fire song after thing. (laughs)

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I find a lot of it alright. I’m not going to knock a person for their way of expressing. But I do feel like the culture is in a devolution of where it was headed from the 90s and early 2000s. Mumble rap is a epidemic lol.

Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
You’re very welcome my dude. And you can find my on instagram @_yodz
If it’s music related you can link me in my email: yodzmusic@gmail.com
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