Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Hammond Indiana

Whats it like growing up where your from?
Growing up in Hammond Indiana was good. Everyone knew each other pretty much. The majority of my family lived near each other. I always stayed busy playing basketball, helping out my family with whatever they needed assistance with along with maintaining a job to stay out of negativity.

How did you get into music?
I began writing poetry in high school. As I got older I transitioned to crafting hip hop music. I am a huge fan of battle rap. As a kid I looked forward to watching freestyle Friday on B.E.T.

What is it that you do?
I am a supervisor at a residential treatment facility. I have been working with Juveniles for four years. I love being able to make a difference in their lives.

What are your goals?
My goals are to develop my brand, learn more about being an entrepreneur, networking with other artist along with touring.

What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on EP titled “Young Man Old Soul”
The project will consist of 6 heartfelt tracks

How do you feel about the current state of HipHop?
I believe the current state of hip hop is encouraging youth that with the right mindset, resources and skills aspiring artist can become established artist in this industry

Anything you would like to say?
To all the aspiring musicians I would like to say continuing to educate ourselves, being a positive role model, supporting other artist along with crafting music with substance are steps towards a rewarding career.

#HASHTAGHIPHOP SONG REVIEW: @Adamant_1988 - Not Enough


We are back with another song review and this time we have Adamant and his single “Not Enough”. This track fits right into the category of “real Hip-Hop” as Adamant spits from the heart and tell his true love how he feels.

Adamant described his song like this “This is a record I crafted acknowledging that I have a good woman and ensures her that everything she does has been noticed and appreciated”

It’s good to see songs where women are being complimented on savory qualities as opposed to physical qualities. Although Adamant makes it clear his woman is beautiful, he still honors her wholesome qualities as a life partner and how they will live a bright future together because of it.

“Not Enough" is a breathe of fresh air during this time in Hip-Hop where heavy distorted bass and ad-libs seem to be making more of an impact on people. True lyricism was displayed by Adamant on this track as he gives something for the traditional Hip-Hop fan to enjoy.

The beat really brings a whole new vibe to the track as you can hear the live instruments blending to create an inspirational sound. Adamant definitely is on to something with this one and we can’t wait to see what the future hold for this passionate artist. We really can’t get enough of this song, no pun intended.

ADAMANT Looks Forward To Contributing To The Future Of Rap 

“I think the future of music is going in a positive direction. It’s cool to see different styles of rap and personality.” 

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

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start? 
ADAMANT: I began writing poetry and performing spoken word during high school. I transitioned to crafting hip hop lyrics over heartfelt melodies several years ago. I started taking my music seriously last year which was the first time I went to the recording studio. When I’m in the studio it feels like I’m in a different world. 

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music? 
I like to record myself freestyling poetry, creating videos of me dancing, being silly and rapping to my songs. I also like utilizing Facebook ads, quotes and sayings, logo visuals, and animations. 

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them? 
My greatest challenge is locating more gig opportunities. I have been networking with other artists along with seeking gigs outside of my area 

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like? 
In my hometown the music scene is amazing. There are so many talented artists crafting music with substance. I dislike that there is not much unity. It seems like the majority of the artists are treating it like a competition rather than an outlet to elevate one another. 

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it? 
I think the future of music is going in a positive direction. It’s cool to see different styles of rap and personality. I believe it’s healthy for the culture. I believe artists can be more a part of music by being themselves, uniting with one another, having a positive mindset, helping out in their communities, and elevating the youth. 

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success? 
I encourage artists to be patient, study marketing, and branding along with setting concrete goals. I encourage artists to write down their goals and formulate a plan. 

What inspires you to write your next song? 
I constantly listen to soulful instrumentals that move me. Crafting music is like therapy to me. Whatever I’m going through I express that in a song. 

What are the steps you take to make a song? 
I usually write my songs in the morning with a cup of coffee nearby. When I discover an instrumental that moves me, I freestyle to the beat to determine if the beat fits my style. Once I get an understanding of how I’m going to approach the song I develop an outline. I begin writing the lyrics when a storyline is established. 

What do you think makes a great song? 
I believe the approach, the beat, the message along with originality is a recipe for a great song.


Some people are out there to make music with meaning and a message.  Our recent discovery Earl AdamAnt Allen is one of those talents in the HipHop game.  The devoted father and husband puts all his passion into his music.  We caught up with AdamAnt to get behind his mind in this weeks interview series: 

So where did the AdamAnt moniker come from? 

I decided to go by Adamant because I’m the type of person when I have my mind made up no one can persuade me to change my beliefs my morals and values. 

You have a fresh sound.  How would you describe it? 

I describe my sound as conscience thought-provoking flow. 

Who are some of your influences? 

My wife and my 7 seven-year-old daughter influence me 

You spent some time in Indiana and now Texas.  How have the 2 different scenes affected your music? 

I began taking my music seriously when I moved to Texas.  Moving to Texas helped get me out of my shell.

What is your songwriting process?  How did these new tracks come together? 

When I hear an instrumental I like I constantly listen to the track in the house and car while freestyling over the beat. Once I establish a flow to the beat I then create an outline of different subjects or life experience that fits the instrumental. Once I come to an understanding of what the song is going to be about. Everything else falls into place. I never rush the process of making music. I am usually writing songs in the morning. 

There definitely seems to be meaning in your flows.  Tell us how you open up in your lyrics? 

I began writing poetry and performing spoken word. When I was younger I used to hold all of my emotion inside. At that time I felt that I was unable to express myself in a way people would understand. I began writing poetry in 10th grade. Writing to me is a coping skill. I also love music. I felt that by writing lyrics over smooth beats would allow my message to reach more people and maybe he’ll someone or make a difference in someone’s life. 

What is next for Earl AdamAnt Allen? 

My goal is to meet other artist and producers who are passionate about music like myself and create amazing music. 

What advice would you share with other up and coming independent artist 

I encourage other artists to stay true to who they are and take the time to make music with substance. I also encourage artists to be consistent with making music.

Cant Get Enough: Interview With Independent Artist Adamant

1) Talk to me about the making of your latest project. What was the inspiration behind it?

My latest project is titled “Cant Get Enough”. When I initially heard the instrumental “Cant Get Enough” produced by Adamack Beats I knew exactly how I was going to approach the track.

The instrumental inspired me to craft a song discussing my marriage and how I appreciate and acknowledge everything my wife does although I may not show it on the day to day basis.

On “Cant Get Enough” I was able to express my love and affection effortlessly. According to my wife I’m not an affectionate person. On “Cant Get Enough” I was able to speak her love language.

2) With the music industry tanking and record sales falling, how do you currently make money as an independent hip-hop artist?

I am currently a supervisor at a residential treatment center. I have been working at the treatment center for four years. I truly enjoy working with the teenagers.

Being able to make a difference in their lives is truly a blessing. The residents enjoy listening to my music.

There are many aspiring musician at the facility. I love helping the kids with their music and motivating them to follow their dreams.

3) From a business point of view, which artists in the game do you think are really pushing the boundaries and changing it up?

I am a huge 50 Cent fan. Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ was the first rap album I purchased. I was in 8th grade. I like 50 Cent’s approach to stay relevant and business savvy.

4) What business lessons have you learnt from the music industry so far?

I learned that in order to be a successful artist you have to have control over your art form. Knowing what direction you are going in is essential to becoming successful. Being passionate about your music your craft is very important.

5) What do you love about hip-hop music?

I love hip hop because its an art. Hip hop allows you to express yourself. Hip hop is my coping skill.

6) What still surprises you about hip-hop?

What surprises me about hip hop is how lyrical, heartfelt, thought provoking content gets overlooked by many.

7) If you had the power to change one thing about the hip-hop industry to help independent artists – what would it be?

If I had the ability to help independent artist, I would have more events, sponsors and tour opportunities available for artist who are dedicated. I believe more intern opportunities would also be great for artist development.

8) Who do you think are top 3 rappers doing it at the moment?

I believe Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper and Drake are the top three rappers. I believe these three artist are making a huge impact in music.

9) So what are your plans for the future?

My plans for the future are to travel. I would love to go on tour and meet new people. I also want to work with other artist who are going in the direction I am such as crating positive uplifting music.

In addition I would like to gain more knowledge on the music industry and continue helping kids writing lyrics, performing and being a positive role model.

Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?


My Name is Earl Lee Allen born and raised in Hammond IN. I’M 28 years old. I’m a father to a beautiful 7 year old daughter.


I love to write and perform spoken word which inspired me to become an artist.


Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?


I encourage bands to build relationships with other artist, support each other and create music with substance.


Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?

Absolutely. I tend to look down and dance around a bit to much at times.


Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?



I’m not touring at this time. Im seeking venues for performances and artist with a similar sound to collaborate with

Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?


 I’m current working on a new song titled save Me  produced by Danson l.’m also shooting a video to a song off my EP On My Way titled Love Me

Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?


 I network with other attist, utilize blogs supporting independent artist, radio airplay, reverbnation artist ads


Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?


I would love to perform in new York with 50 cent who is my favorite artist. 50 cent album get rich or die trying was the first rap album I purchased.


Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?


I’m currently working on new ep titled Young man old soul.

Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?


I enjoy working with juveniles in a residential treatment center.


Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?


Fans should look forward to album titled Full Of Love



Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?


shout out to my Bother Rico Loso and hip hop artist Lil Dee aka @rapmonster