We had the pleasure of sitting down and doing an exclusive interview with Money Coo, check out his latest single as well as the interview bellow!
Mr. Anthony Craig Smith Jr. is a performing artist born in Galveston TX at UTMB. Being raised in the projects had many challenges for him. Trying to rise above poverty, he started writing rhymes at the age of 9 years old. He attended Ball High School in the same city. He began making cassette tapes on Karaoke machine at the age of 15. He started sharing his talent with his peers, it didn’t take long for word to get out about his unique word play in catchy hooks. He started doing videos and performing at many venues around the Galveston/Houston area. He currently has music streaming on several known platforms such as YouTube, Tidal, Spotify, Deezer…etc. under the trademark name (Moneycoo). He is continually reaching for the stars.
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What is your background? tell us where you grew up and some information about your upbringing/experiences as a youth:
I was raised in the projects by my grandmother who is now deceased. My mother wasn’t able to be around because of her addiction. I can remember how bad it was for our family back then. It was every bit of 7 of us growing up in a two bedroom project apartment.
At what moment did you know that music was part of your life and what feelings did you have towards making an active impact with your music?
I was about 8 years old, jamming out to The legendary Too Short. I was tuned in and zoned out to the catchy vocals coming threw my headphones. At that very moment I saw myself as the next best thing, and started jotting down lyrics.
What artists inspired/influences you and if you could collaborate with any artist (alive or passed) who would it be and why?
Lil Wayne inspired me as the youngest Hot Boy member signed to Cash Money. If I could collaborate with any artist it would be XXXtencion, because of his beat selection and scratchy lyrics.
What do you think about the current state of hip hop/mainstream music?
I think it’s better because a lot of artist are aloud to be themselves now.
Currently, what projects do you have in the works that you are most excited about? I’m putting finishing touches on the YRT Ep (free young will)
What are your short term career goals within the next 6-10 months?
Instagram Growth, 500,000 streams, 5 videos
What are your long term career goals within the next 2-5 years? By my mom a home, be able to provide for my kids, CEO of my own company, purchase my dream car. Platinum and Gold Records
If you had one song out of the catalogue you have created to show a person what song would it be and why?
I would let someone listen to “Cloned” because the sound is hypnotizing.
To the person who had never heard of you what is it about your music and story that you would tell them to entice them to be a supporter?
I would offer them a chance to listen in be there on judge. I’ll tell them I came from the streets selling narcotics as a teenager growing up in the Palm Terrace projects. Never had a pot to piss in nor a window to throw it out.
If your music could be described in five words what would those five words be?
Heat, fire, Hits, Chart Toppers, Bangers.
What do you bring to the game that is unique and different?
I have a very distinctive soft/raspy voice, versatility, catchy hooks, throwed beat selection, and original concepts.
To the aspiring artist who is considering a career as a musician what lessons or advice would you give them to inspire them or to uplift them in the journey?
“Perseverance”- to persist despite difficulties. No matter what situation you end up in just keep working.
What are your social media profiles and where can people purchase/download your music?
IG/Twitter : Moneycoo_4300 fb: Anthony Craig Smith Snap: Coochie_crook43 LinkedIn: Anthony Smith YouTube/Moneycoo
What are your final words you would like to say to people that you have left out?
In those of you I left out it’s all love! $ Coo’