Music is about the only reason why I am alive.
Nowadays I do mostly solo work, which is really hard getting used to. I might have just started recording, but I used to always write with my brothers.
Fuck no. I FINALLY just started recording. About two-three months in.
Music in general, whether it's good or bad, both are strong motivations. The people who said "Dude... you NEED to record." and the few people that have heard my recordings and said "You've got a talent. Perfect it." Any emotion that I have ever felt, and above all, my late grandmother, Rhoda. Though she probably wouldn't approve, she was always behind me 100%. She always wanted what was best for me, and always told me to obtain my goals. Life is a struggle, and if it wasn't for her and music, I wouldn't have made it this far.
As far as artists go: DZK, Wax, Wu-Tang, Tech N9ne, Brother Ali, Atmosphere, Eyedea and Abilities, Cage, Ill Bill, Herbal T, Rage617, Twiztid, JMT, Heiruspecs, The Blend, Rush, Ozzy.
And to be cliche: Haters.
Audacity... and a RadioShack mic my brother is lending me.
...you can chalk up the professional sound to that.
Fuck mainstream radio bullshit.