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?
Throughout my many years of being a student of rapping I've learned the power of observation. It's amazing what you can learn when you just slow down for a moment and carefully analyze something. In this article I will share some insight that will show you how to study your favorite rappers and begin to understand their techniques on a deeper level so you can start applying them to your music. Why Do You Like Them? Before we dive in just pause for a moment and ask yourself why do you like them so much in the first place? What is it about them that you find so enjoyable? Is it their flow, … [Read more...] about How To Study Your Favorite Rappers
A common question I get asked from my fellow up and coming rappers is if I could share some techniques on how to memorize lyrics. Well that time has finally come and during this article I will give you my personal technique that has helped me memorize my rap lyrics for over a decade. So without further ado lets dive right in! How To Eat An Elephant In short the way that you memorize lyrics is the same way that you eat and elephant...one piece at a time! Many people make the mistake of trying to memorize too many lyrics at one time and quickly get discouraged and start thinking something must … [Read more...] about How To Memorize Lyrics
So you've been working your butt off on perfecting your music and are finally ready to have it professionally mixed and mastered by an audio engineer. But perhaps you're unsure of how to correctly deliver it to your engineer. Here's a quick step by step guide to ensure that you're giving the mixing engineer exactly what they need so they can load up your song and get to work with no problems. Make Note Of Your Settings Before you start exporting any audio go to your audio settings within your D.A.W "Digital Audio Workstation" and see what bit depth and sample rate you have been recording … [Read more...] about Getting Your Music Ready For Mixing
A common hurdle that many artists face during the beginning of their musical journey is discovering their own sound. In this article I will lay out some tips that will help you find your voice and hopefully alleviate a little bit of stress in your life. Limitations In order to find your voice it helps to first understand what your vocals are in the first place. Basically your voice is an instrument just like a saxophone, clarinet or a flute. And just like all other instruments your vocals have limitations which we refer to as vocal range. Time For A Check Up In all actuality you don't have … [Read more...] about Find Your Voice
When it comes to being an independent artist our definitions of success and what "making it" actually means may vary. Allow me to share with you something called the 1,000 True Fans Theory in hopes that it may encourage you in growing your fan base & seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Leveling The Playing Field Once upon a time getting a record deal was the only viable means for artists to breakthrough the music industry and earn a decent income. But the arrival of digital audio recording & high speed internet has undoubtedly leveled the playing field for everyone! Now anyone … [Read more...] about Growing Your Fan base & The 1,000 True Fans Theory