“Living in a world where negativity is broadcast and few aspirations are held above the surface, we find our biggest inspiration to be our parents. They worked hard and pushed us to be great despite our rebellious stages. They never gave up on us.”
Check out the interview with Da Foundation exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
“Da Foundation: 2009, that’s the year we decided to change our fortune. One day the thought of taking freestyling and beat selection to another level crossed our minds. We realized that we were both on the same page and it was time to put the plan in motion.
The Entertainment business is a hell of a life to step into especially at the underground/up and coming/local level. We’ve had ups and downs, failures, and moments when we shined the brightest. But it comes with the territory. It’s something we’ve gotten used to.”
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
“Our biggest advice for the kid seeking to go into the same business or any business is to keep your head on your shoulders and never let your ego get ahead of your stature. Be real with yourself going into every situation in good faith until you have reason to suspect otherwise.”
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
“The difficulties of being an artist in our position is actually getting people to take you, your movement, your goals, and ambition seriously. Some individuals think because you’re local or up and coming that you don’t like things done in a timely fashion or your shit is somehow not so important. In many situations you can be judged based on past experiences that person may have had with other artists. It’s hot until you prove yourself to be warm.”
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
“Best way to promote and advertise your music is with various promotions and advertisement. Some of the things we did was street promo like tagging wooden poles with fliers, post at the different gas stations, handing out hand bills one by one, greeting people and introducing ourselves letting them know what it is that we do.”
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
“Greensboro, NC is the location where the movement was born. East Orange, NJ is the location where we were born. Greensboro is a great city where everybody has a hustle. The artists here are talented and often overlooked, but there are some dope artists that produce and work hard and the vultures work even harder. The fans play you from a distance as well as support you.”
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
“We’ve been going hard for some time now and it’s been a rollercoaster. A year from now we see Da Foundation with an increase in fans, in web presence, and in other major markets. Plus if everything goes our way as planned an increase in revenue. But we’ll take progress where we can get it.”
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
“Living in a world where negativity is broadcast and few aspirations are held above the surface, we find our biggest inspiration to be our parents. They worked hard and pushed us to be great despite our rebellious stages. They never gave up on us. Our pop-warner football coaches instilled pride, discipline, and self-respect.”
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
“Music, where we manipulate energy and emotions. Nowadays it’s more focused on the beat rather than what the artist is saying. The artists used to make the beat come alive, it’s the opposite now. We listen to a lot of OG’s of the rap game like Jay Z, Nas, Ross, Max B, etc.”
Where can we contact you and find you online?
“Thanks for having us. Thanks for your time in getting to know us a little better. It was a pleasure. You can reach us at any time via www.alleyway2broadway.net. Look out for MoneyNevaSleepz and Loud N Clear is out and available now. Thank you for your support.”