Interview with Performing Artist / Skent Dukes | Edition XII

Describe your sound as if we were deaf
That’s a good question. But if you were death you could feel the hard hit’n deep 808 and the variation of syllables from the Improper wordsmith! I also like to have the beat change ups where its like silence then the beat drops back in.

What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your Primary inspirations?
I like competition to me that’s inspiration. So Fabulous & Drake for the artist category. As far as Producers I have been really diggin LT MOE. He has produced some of Ludacris’ records and his sound is crazy. I don’t really know to many rap song writers since they are mostly behind the scenes. In R&B its ok to have song writers but Rap is a different story.

What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
Reactions from specific lines I rap!! when you hear that oh shhhhittt in the background while you spitting is encouraging. Plus comparing myself to the surrounding competition I felt I could really do something! and it was a outlet to express how I felt growing up because things was really messed up and sometimes you cant say how you feel ya digggg

Who are some people you would like to work with?
Melanie Fiona, Keri Hilson, Toni Braxton, and Nicki Minaj are really grinding hard and I like to work with people who have the same work mentality as myself. But honestly I like working with some up and coming artist like Yo Gotti and Dorrough, you know people I feel are really leaving there mark.

How is the Internet changing your craft?
I have a lot more people listening to my music now. Plus its a great way to self promote, network, research artist, you can keep in touch with everybody you meet, through social networking and email. On that note my twitter is Skent_Dukes, so follow me

Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
Of course I do, but what artist doesn’t? A lot of people get ‘game’ and share life experiences though rap lines. If your an only child and you don’t have a lot of friends how are you going relate to do different things in this world, but through others experiences . That’s why you have to give words of wisdom and really share every now and then. Some people need to hear it to relate!!

Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
I want to produce a international artist. My sound is different plus I can write. It will happen though. My talents I’m saving a lot of those for Melanie Fiona, Keri Hilson, Toni Braxton, and Nicki Minaj tracks. peace!!