Lil Anthony recently won the rap contest we hosted on YouTube throughout June and July 2012.
Lil Anthony is a 18 years old rapper from Pachuta, Mississippi who currently has a CD in the works and is looking for other artists to collab with (hit him up!!).... check out what he has to say below...
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview Lil Anthony. Tell us a bit about yourself, your name, age, where youíre from and an interesting fact if you like.
Anthony Santangelo 111, Iím 18 and Iím from Pachuta, Mississippi.
Is there a story behind your name Lil Anthony?
Iím the third so I guess growing up being called little Anthony just kinda stuck with me so thatís how Lil Anthony came about.
How long have you been rapping?
What first got you interested in becoming a rapper?
I watch a lot of music videos and I saw the fancy cars and expensive jewellery and I said I want that!
What/who inspires your music?
Do you see being a rapper as a career, or as a hobby?
It all depends on if I get signedÖ Iím a workaholic, Iím all about a check.
What are you trying to do with your music? Do you want to help your community? Are you trying to get rich? What is your goal for your music?
Iím tryna get paid, tryna get famous and if I inspire a kid thatís cool but as of right now Iím just doing this for me.
Have you ever performed live? How did it feel?
No, I haven't had the honor of getting up on stage yet but I could imagine how intense it would be.
Do you have any kind of management, publishing or distribution team behind you? If so what are their responsibilities?
No, as of right now Iím unsigned. My only support or team is my family, step dad makes my beats S/O to taxonomy beats but like I said Iím unsigned.
What are some accomplishments that you have achieved, and are most proud of?
Winning this contest ha.
Have you ever made any contact with major artists or other high positioned people in the music industry and do you keep in contact with them?
No, I wish though. Iím still waiting on that call from Lil Wayne, ya know what Iím sayiní?
What one tip would you give to other aspiring independent artists?
One tip manÖ I donít knowÖ be yourself I guess, keep writing new material and donít let no one stop you from doing want you do but use that to fuel you, use it to make you go harder.
What do you see is in the future for the music industry? How do you think it will evolve/change?
Iím hoping it would go back to the way it was actually. Iím gettiní tired of hearing these lame techno songs, songs that people arenít putting thought or time into, you say youíre a professional, well act like it.
Do you feel like the internet is helping you as an independent artist?
Itís getting me viewed its getting my name out there, slowly but surely.
How do you think social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have affected the music industry?
I really donít think it has anything to do with it, it basically gives critics voices.
Where can we hear your music online?
YouTube under Lil Anthony: http://www.youtube.com/user/25santangelo
Check out Lil Anthony's winning track right here:
What projects are you working on at the moment?
I got a CD in the works right now and Iím tryna get featured with other artists, just tryna do as much as possible.
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years time?
Man hopefully in that new whip with a couple platinum records but who really knows what the future holds, Iíd rather live in the moment.
Do you have any shoutouts you want to give?
S/O to taxonomy beats S/O to crazypellas S/O to all that supported me.
Thanks again Lil Anthony for doing this interview.
We look forward to hearing some of Lil Anthony's music in the Audio forum in the near future.