We had the good fortune of connecting with Tonio The Great and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tonio, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risk is the key to life. Without risk we will get nothing out of this life that God has given us. My whole life I’ve had no other choice but to go against the grain and I’ve been blessed for doing such. Taking risk I have connected with people that have propelled my career, been placed around people that others may dream of, and sealed deals that some may say only come once in a lifetime.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets me apart from others is my integrity and authenticity as a artist. Not once will you hear me being anyone but myself and I believe that is why people/fans connect with me the most. Is it easy? for me, yes, but I could see how it would be hard for others because its the easier route. I overcame those type of obstacles by listening to my gut and the ones around that love me most. I’ve learned that being true to you is something that will last forever- that is the way to leave a REAL legacy. I want the world to know that I stand for the underdawgs worldwide. We WILL overcome and we WILL win.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
On a week long trip I would take my friends to New Orleans for the Essence festival. I would take them to every hole in the wall spot to eat. For partying and drinks we would hit every bar on Bourbon and Frenchmen in-between and/or after events. We would go non-stop haha
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shoutout my team, my fans, and people that have encouraged me to keep going. I want to thank people like Brandy, Gab, Jaz, Mr. Scott, Quent, PT (Blueprint/AVA Films), Yellaman, Pablo Domo, and others for believing in me and letting me know that I’m built for it.
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