In my first article discussing how to improve your rap voice I spoke about the most obvious culprit that hinders most rappers which is a lack or surplus of emotions. In this article I will delve into some of the not so obvious factors that could be plaguing you in reaching your desired rap voice which is centered around controlling your voice. So without further ado let's get straight to it. What are your vocal chords? In short your vocal chords are a muscle. Just like any other muscle they are limited to the amount of strain that they can bare. Approaching a vocal performance should be … [Read more...] about How To Improve Your Rap Voice: Control
So you've written some dope lyrics to some nice cadences only to discover that your vocals sound like hot garbage! Stop beating yourself up and lend me your attention momentarily as I share my thoughts on how you can improve your rap voice. I have much to cover so let's cut the crap and get straight to it! Why does your rap voice suck? I would be doing you a disservice to answer such a loaded question with a simple answer since there could be a multitude of factors contributing to your rap voice sounding less than ideal. So this will be one of several articles I will write covering this … [Read more...] about How To Improve Your Rap Voice: Emotions
If you're wondering how to get yourself booked for shows without a booking agent this article will provide you with the insight needed to set realistic expectations for yourself and become more aware of the opportunities that surround you. So let's cut the crap and get straight to it shall we? How Many Fans Will You Bring? First things first. If you were to book a show at a venue in your area how many of your fans would realistically show up? Five? Fifty? One Hundred?...Zero? Before even approaching a venue it's important that you know this answer. And again be realistic with your … [Read more...] about How To Get Booked For Shows Without A Booking Agent
What's does a copyright mean? Should you copyright your music? Will it keep people from stealing your music? Where do you go to copyright your music? Is it expensive? I will answer all of these questions in this article along with addressing some of the myths & misunderstandings floating around out there that muddy the waters about copyrights that I hope to divulge and bring clarity to during this article. Before I dig in I must state that I am not a legal adviser and that the purpose of this article is to inform others to make better educated decisions for themselves. If you have … [Read more...] about Should You Copyright Your Music? Truths & Myths
Harvard graduate and Grammy nominated artist and producer Ryan Leslie is on the brink of releasing SuperPhone which is a technological infrastructure designed and built to empower rappers to take control of their fan base and increase their income by building meaningful relationships with those that support them most. Keeping Up Technology is constantly advancing and so is the way that we do business. We must constantly evolve to handle our business smarter, quicker and more efficiently not only for our own productivity and profitability but most importantly for the convenience and … [Read more...] about How Ryan Leslie And SuperPhone Are Empowering Rappers
D.O.C. - Dr.Dre And The Music Industry In this months live hangout we learn from the mistakes of song writing legend D.O.C. and his partnership with Dr.Dre along with why it's vitally important that you mind your own business! It's quite simple.. no one is going to look out for you like you should look out for yourself. This live hangout is filled with tons of information and advice to help guide you in the right direction so you don't repeat the same mistakes that D.O.C. did. https://youtu.be/WGHsO9CGgIQ Many things are discussed such as the future of social media, The current state … [Read more...] about Mind Your Own Business! D.O.C. – Dr.Dre – Music Industry
Before you spend your hard earned money for rap beats online follow these 10 tips to ensure you're getting the most value possible! I know it can be a daunting task filled with many questions such as where should I buy them from? How much should I pay? What are leasing & exclusive rights? etc.. Don't worry you're not alone and I've got you covered! Let's jump right in shall we!? 1. How To Get FREE Rap Beats There's tons of producers out there but they're not all on the same level. Some are making a full time living making rap beats, some are just starting out and others are somewhere in … [Read more...] about Top 10 Tips For Buying Rap Beats Online
Once upon a time it was every up and coming artists dream to get their CD's on the shelves of major retailers such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart & Target along with all their local music shops. Well... times have changed and while getting distribution in major retailers is still an incredible feat there are now major digital stores such as iTunes who have made it easier than ever to sell your music worldwide. BUT before you release your music on iTunes and proudly plaster the link all over the digital world there's just a few very important details you need to take into consideration. Paying To … [Read more...] about Don’t Sell Your Music On iTunes Until You Read This!
How To Pick The Right Mixing Engineer A common mistake I see many recording artists make in the beginning is they pick the wrong mixing engineer to work on their music. They spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars only to end up with a product that feels incomplete, unprofessional and overall dissatisfying. It's my hope that this article will help you avoid being another recording artist that wastes time and money on mixing engineers that aren't ideal for you. Before you are able to identify which mixing engineer is right for you first take some time to identify what your needs are … [Read more...] about How To Pick The Right Mixing Engineer
Regardless of how long you've been rapping the insight shared in this article will help you decide if you should collaborate with other rappers or not. There's a lot to take into consideration when approaching other rappers for a collaboration and vice versa when you are the one being approached by them. Let's just go ahead and get something out the way up front. Every rapper is not on the same level career, skill, or seriousness wise. Some rappers are strictly doing it for fun in their free time while others are grinding hard and making plenty of sacrifices to build a career out of … [Read more...] about Should You Collaborate With Other Rappers?