Discuss your personality.
Energetic and very straightforward describes my personality. I love to get things done more than having fun. It’s like I’m a workaholic. What makes me happy is progression.
Brief us about you as a musician.
Giving a message in my music is what I always want to do. Whether it’s a trap song, a club song, or a conscious song I need it to have some type of meaning. I do that to challenge myself as a songwriter.
Go into details on what has changed in your life for choosing music as a career.
My sense of urgency has gone through the roof. Wanting to get more things done in a short time-frame has made me understand the importance of time. Won’t be here forever. So I want to build Rome in a week.
I’ve also gotten into the business side of it even more. I’ve put together a team dedicated to making sure my efforts are maximized. The one drawback is instilling that sense of urgency in them.
Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.
A benefit to music as a career is the freedom of expression. I’m never at a point where my emotions are going to stress me out because I have a way to release. It’s like therapy for me.
The drawback comes when you are trying to make progression. In an art form that is so saturated, you have to be very innovative in your marketing approach. Some of these innovations are costly. When you’re a person that wants so much done in a short period of time, it’s hard to just sit back and wait until you can go.
Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.
When I accomplish something, I tend to get a big head. The reason for that is because that step of my plan has worked out. So now I’m onto the next part of my plan on a good note.
I honestly feel like I will use the fame to my advantage financially. I’m very business-oriented so I try to profit from every situation.
Elaborate on the storyline of this song.
PRIDE is like being super angry, then you go in a small closet and just scream. After you come out, everything feels better.
Early last year, an artist I manage had a problem with another artist. That problem got to a point where I had to step in. I got so involved in the problem to the point I was ready to do harm to the other artist. Being the business person I am, I realized anything of that nature would put a major hold on my funds. So I had to swallow my PRIDE.
Tell us the means of connecting you and purchasing your music online.
Everything about me is available on my website.
Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.
The greatest moment, so far, is when I performed at the BET Awards in 2015. I and my guys were doing a run of shows to promote our group project at the time and got the opportunity to perform.
Tell us the highest amount of money you have ever received from your music career and how it happened.
The highest amount was when I made $890 from my first headliner show. It was in the summer of 2016. I did three shows for my debut album “I’m Leaving: A Story Narrated by Ilunaee”; Houston, New York, and Los Angeles. NY and LA weren’t headliners, but the show in Houston was.
The promotion was on steroids for the Houston show. I had various social media ads running, a street team that worked 7 days a week. The overall profits from the show were $2,560, but after everything was broken down, I walked away with $890.
Discuss your experience pertaining to live performances, gigs, shows, and tours.
My experience with live performances has been nice so far. Haven’t made it to the stage of big production budgets. The one part I love the most is connecting with people. It’s crazy how some people never hear your music or know who you are, but when you are in front of them performing you connect.
Tell us how you interact with your fans.
My fans love the hustle behind every move I make. They see how I come from nothing with no help and make something of it. It makes them feel like they can do it too. It’s inspiring to them. Me inspiring them inspires me to go even harder.
Tell us what you will like to change if you have the chance to turn back the hands of time.
I’m a person that believes every move made is the necessary move to create who you are in the given time. I don’t really think about that because if I were to change something how would I be here with you explaining some of my proudest moments? The move that I would’ve changed back then could possibly have me dead now.
Tell us the most important people that have boosted your music career and how you met them.
If I had to choose someone it’ll be a director named Chill. He shot my first “big budget” music video. That video put a bigger spotlight on my music. The quality of the video made people pay more attention to what I was doing.
Brief us on what you have in mind before considering music as a career.
I wanted to play football. I played all the way up to my senior year in high school. It got to a point when everyone was bigger and faster than me so I gravitated to the debate team.
Discuss your good and bad experience in life.
A good experience I’ve had was when I performed during the BET Awards. It opened my eyes to how productions move on a large scale. I used what I learned in that experience and put it into my formula.
A bad experience I had was when I got into it with that other artist. The other artist was affiliated with this notorious record label in Houston. To put it into perspective, this label was like Death Row Records in how they handled situations. The situation almost got deadly.
Name the artists that have influenced the world.
There are so many artists that influenced the world in some way. To stay in the realm of modern-day hip hop, I would say Kendrick Lamar. He’s influenced so many of the people I interact with, in a sense of staying who you are. Hip hop, now, is filled with drug-addicted artists and they are being glorified for it. Kendrick stayed himself and is the most prestigious artist of our time.
Tell us about your moment of rejection as a musician and how you are able to cope and move on.
I always turn something to my advantage. If I have success, I grab the key points of that success and amplify it. If I have a failure, I see what was wrong and correct it. A lot of my progress has come from trial and error.
Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received about your music.
You’re trash. Lol.
Tell us how to become a famous artist.
You need three things and you will be guaranteed fame. You need a budget, connections, and timing.
Tell us how you plan to make an impact on society.
I wanted to push the idea of ownership to another level. I wanted the people that follow me to have an entrepreneurial spirit after listening to my music and watching my moves. I want to inspire people to want more for themselves.
Elaborate on the recording process of this song.
No weed. No liquor. Just water. I closed my eyes, thought about the situation and the emotions just came. Needed a clear mind to give the emotions.