Born on August 21, 1991 in Richmond, Kentucky, Craig “Millz” Bosley was raised in a single mother household after his father moved to North Carolina. Millz was a fan of music for as long as he could remember. He spit his first freestyle remix of a Lil Bow Wow song at the age of ten and something about that night changed with his music. “It took me forever to find the perfect rap name that suited me best. I went from C-Mac to Young Deuce, Ace Money, Pusha Kid, and Craig Kold, until I eventually decided that Craig Millz was what I felt my name should be.” Craig Millz decided that with not many other rap artists going by the name “Craig”, he would be the first to reach a million dollars and the name stuck with him.
Millz has rapped with various local artists, the first of which being a group called “Rich-City Representaz (RCR).” The group consisted of Millz (going by C-Mac at the time), Young Smoke, Money E, and Lil D. Working with this group helped Millz learn how to put his lyrics together on the instrumental and is the reason he knows how to count his bars for his verses. Around this time Millz started to fade away from the music life, focusing on school and sports instead. Taking a year off from music to develop his lyrical deliverance, Millz also spent this time working on his freestyles and forming meaning within his verses.
When Millz returned to music he joined a group called “Goon Squad” (affiliated with “The Los Ones”) that consisted of close friends and family. “We used to record down in the basement with 10 people trying to fit on one song. A few years later the group fell apart due to incarcerations and some beef within the group. Everyone just started to fade away and go their own way until one day we all came together.” The group joined the label “Royal Blood Entertainment” and started a movement. “Things were looking pretty good for us but then the past had repeated itself, conflict broke out between the label, and I decided to form my own label: ‘Fast Money Entertainment’.” Fast Money Entertainment is a small family but as the saying goes, less is more. Each artist has their own unique style and that is what makes the label dominate.
“I have a beautiful little girl that gives me most of my motivation for the music I write and I have a vision of giving her the life she couldn’t even imagine. That being said, I continue my music career because deep down I can feel that I’m meant to be somewhere in life and to achieve something great.”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
CRAIG MILLZ: I am from Richmond, Kentucky.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
CRAIG MILLZ: I have opened up for “Dorrough” and “Joker Too Kold.” I’ve been doing shows since I was 16 years old, and I have been making music since I was 13 years old. Most of my collaborations are done with artists outside of my state, such as: Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, and Ohio.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
CRAIG MILLZ: I want to release my own music so I can make a change. To show how much talent there is where I come from. I love knowing the fact that what I say on a track could make someone look at reality with a whole new perspective.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
CRAIG MILLZ: I try to keep it as real as possible and not too grimy, “I’ll never claim to be a gangsta but I’m real til the day I end.”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
CRAIG MILLZ: I like to focus on what relates more to the 16 and above age group, but really it is directed towards whoever can relate to where I’m coming from in my lyrics.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
CRAIG MILLZ: My musical influences are “Trezure” (my Aunt Chandra), Mos Def, Jay-Z, J. Cole, and Curren$y.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
CRAIG MILLZ: My music creates a chill yet hype environment. It’s not just music that someone made because they can afford the equipment and so they try to rap. With my music it is something that you can tell I have a passion for.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
CRAIG MILLZ: I feel that I am more modest about my music than others but I’m not afraid to show my talent when necessary.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
CRAIG MILLZ: Recently (on November 9th, 2013), I released my mix-tape “King Leo” on Datpiff.com. I have future projects in the works for 2014.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
CRAIG MILLZ: My career goals are to just keep succeeding. I want to be known for more than just musical purposes. In 10 years I could see myself as a CEO of my own company with a very successful clothing line.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
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