Interview with Ali Salley (@custommade7st_)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Thanks for having me. Shoutout to my fans that support me and that’s Rockin with the Movement. I have always been Musically inclined and Business savvy even growing up. Spelling Bee Champ check, Student Body check, Debate Club check. I was the guy that was always the entertainment guru. We started doing Open Mic ciphers and people started to sings my songs and try to mimic me, then once I started recording music the rest was history. Yeah, that’s what bought me here having the Love and the Passion for the Arts. So I continue to make good music and strive to be a better Artist.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

One time while on the road, I was on Jay-Zs and 50 Cent “ROC THE MIC” Tour, and this was when at the time 50 Cent was red hot causing the most controversy online and in the music game, but it was all good controversy and publicity because he was moving a lotta records, I mean he was moving Unit after Unit and went Platinum in about a week. So while on the “Roc The Mic” Tour during our sets a big rap cipher broke out between G-Unit & Rocafella Records. Everybody that you could think of was there rapping but they all had the same style Trap Rap or Dope Boy rap. Once I started rapping it was over. I opened up like “I’m a man on a mission, limited edition, look you not in my weight class or in my division” like referencing boxing, and rapping but using boxing analogies aw man it was epic. I solidified myself amongst the best in the industry. It was a good show of comradery & showmanship.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

The first tip is to always stay consistent, remain humble, and do numbers. That’s the key to thriving and longevity. Network with people and put out great artwork for the world to see. Never look down on anyone that’s not where you’re at in life because that same person you may need one day in the life. And lastly, cater to you’re core fan base because that’s going to be the people that will grow with you.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Single-handedly my Manager, Charlie Mack. From Day 1 he has seen the vision. When we first met I was still grinding making music and doing shows just to connect with the people and shake the city up. He contacted via social media one day on Instagram. He has seen great potential in me so when he first approached he knew exactly where he could help me at in guiding my career. He invested time and money into the movement and is a big asset to my career. Having worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, just to name a few. He started off as just a manager but the relationship has turned and matured into a friendship. Also somewhat of a father figure also since his father wasn’t around to raise me. I couldn’t ask for a better manager, person, and friend.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I used my success to bring goodness to the world through phralatrophic work, giving out Turkeys during Thanksgiving. We gave out 300 Turkeys to underprivileged families in the city of Philadelphia. We do it annually and it has been a good means to bridge the gap with the inner communities. Each Christmas we give out Coats & Clothing to the Salvation Army all good goals & measures today to the youth hey there are people out there to help and we’re all in this together. All lives matter.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream. Being creative and working is a good thing. Don’t procrastinate on your dreams and goals. Put forth the effort and stay steadfast in the discipline. You see most ppl get discouraged and/or have times when they have great ideas that can benefit the world, but they don’t put forth the right effort to turns those ideas into reality. When your tired those early mornings and want to give up and quit before you even start, know that it’ll pay off in the long run by just taking it one step at a time. Don’t be scared to network and meet new people to make this work.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

They can follow me on Instagram at Custommade7st. That’s custom made as in custom made clothing. Spelled C U S T O M M A D E 7 S T underscore at the end. I’m active, I response to my fans I love you guys. Twitter the same thing CUSTOMMADE7ST_ spelled C U S T O M M A D E 7 S T _ .

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