We had the good fortune of connecting with Scott Onu and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Scott, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
Risk is a funny topic to me. I’ve never been a risk taker in my life…until now. Risks have breathed life into me when the world wanted me and and my dreams to die. True risk is having the two plans that I have, Plan A: Make It and Plan B: Plan A better work haha. When I look back on my life I want no regrets. I’ve defied my Nigerian roots by forgoing the stereotypical doctor, pharmacists, and nurse and I even took it a step further by dropping out of college. Those jobs are cool, but I like a job interview you can wear jeans, hoodie, and grillz to. The biggest risk I’ve taken is truly believing in myself. I encounter so many people that are afraid of their own success, because of fear. You can’t fly if you never flap your wings. The goal is not the destination, it’s really the journey. I had to sit down with myself and ask, “Am I really worth it?” And I answered yes. To me if you want to “make it,” and that is subjective for everyone, you have to take a real chance on yourself. If you don’t risk it all for you why would anyone else?

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
To be honest I feel what sets me apart is that I don’t give up on what I want. I get stronger with every failure along the way. I’m honestly just excited that I’m making some of the best music and really enjoying it. I’ve always wanted to be a part of a collective, but I always tried to force it…until now. The only thing I can say is, it’s “Cause of the Gllry.”

It wasn’t easy getting here, I’m almost 10 years into this and I’m still improving. One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is networking. It’s been tough getting people to see how talented I am when a lot of them only care about who has the most streams, who has more followers, or the most blog write ups. It’s been hard for me to get a chance, so I said fuck it and made my own opportunities. An Atlanta rapper, named GRIP told me “I just stayed true to myself and made quality music.” I’ve used that advice ever since and doors have opened for me that I never thought would. That’s a big lesson that I learned. I talked to 99 Neighbors producer, Somba. He told me “When you try hard you die hard, so quantity over quality cuz quality will come from practice!!!” Jon, the manager of BROCKHAMPTON told me that the collective never gave up even when no one came to their shows early on. The most valuable lesson I can tell anyone is to just ask, you never know who will answer your questions or direct messages. Whenever you follow someone on social media, treat as if you’re meeting them for the first time in person. What do you do when you meet someone usually? Introduce yourself. It really works. I just want the world to know that Scott Onu is wize. I’m here to innovate whatever I touch.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m such a homebody and very introverted, but definitley check out SluttlyVegan.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There’s so many people to thank. I first have to thank God, if He never spoke to me I wouldn’t be here now. If anyone ever compliments me one my beats, then they’re thanking my older sister. She convinced me during a heart to heart conversation to make my own beats and stop relying on people, and I haven’t looked back. I gotta thank the homie, Mike Wxlf. He’s a far better producer than I am, but he took the time to really show me the ropes. I have to thank my whole “No Diploma” family, they literally helped my dream come true in performing at A3C in 2019. So thank you to the Dean and all of my dope ass classmates. YouTube and Google taught me better than any class setting ever will. Thank the internet. To anyone that ever told me no, thank you. A fire still burns in me to prove them wrong. I want to give a big thanks to collectives like OFWGKTA, BROCKHAMPTON, & 99 Neighbors for existing and breaking down the doors for artists who are just hanging with their homies making fly ass music. “How to Think Like Steve Jobs” is a book that has sparked so much in me and my way of thinking, so thanks to Steve Jobs and my sister for letting me read her book. Lastly, I want to thank my parents. They may not support my dreams the way I want or honestly understand them, but they gave me a better life than they had in Nigeria. So thank you mum and pop.

Website: https://wizecrackx.com/
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@humus.lucciano @smokahauntus_