Sign Yourself To A Record Label In this very special Christmas hangout on Blab I decided to speak and encourage my fellow rappers on why they should sign themselves to a record label. This might seem like an odd thing to say at first but after you hear the context of my message I think it will make a lot of sense to you. I also went on to encourage everyone to start thinking like business owners and investors opposed to just thinking about being employed or self employed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luRvvSZ4nTE As the year of 2015 is coming to a close I really wanted to give my … [Read more...] about Sign Yourself To A Record Label – Christmas Hangout
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?
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
When your setting your sites on becoming an established rap artist it's important that you pick a good rap name. But what is a good rap name and how can you come up with one? All of that will be explained in this article so without further ado LET'S GET IT!! What Is It? It's important to understand what a rap name actually is in legal terms. For example McDonald's mascot Ronald McDonald is actually intellectual property meaning you can't legally use that name to make money without first getting permission or you could be sued for infringement. This same concept applies to rappers. A … [Read more...] about Picking A Good Rap Name
Regardless if you're a rapper who's looking to get signed to someone else's record label or to solely function as an independent artist it's absolutely critical that you understand what intellectual property is. In this article I will break down all the basics of everything you need to know out the gate. Definition So what's the definition of intellectual property also referred to as I.P for short. It means a work or invention that is the result of creativity, such as a manuscript or a design, to which one has rights and for which one may apply for a patent, copyright, trademark, … [Read more...] about What’s Intellectual Property?
Chances are if you watch enough artist interviews on platforms such as The Breakfast Club you have probably heard the term "360 deal" come up and it's usually not spoken with a positive tone and for good reason. Tho this music business contract jargon may be new to you it's actually been around for quite some time. Where It First Caught Attention In the 90’s, record labels such as Deathrow and Badboy developed a bad rap "no pun intended" for having their artists in what is now commonly referred to as "360 deals." And consequently their label executives developed a reputation for ripping … [Read more...] about What’s A 360 Deal?
Back In The Day Once upon a time nearly every recording artist was trying to figure out how to get a record deal so they could finally "MAKE IT". Their strategy was often to get really good at their craft, scrape up enough money for a demo and then get it in front of an A&R of a record label that would hopefully sign them. Now once upon a time this approach made sense because it took a lot of money to fund a recording project and properly promote it, money that people normally didn't have. The downside to this was that most artists had very little music business knowledge and leverage … [Read more...] about How To Get A Record Deal Without Selling Your Soul
Ever Heard Of Skee-lo? Depending on your age you may or may not know who Skee-lo is but chances are you have probably heard his debut hit song that he released in 1995 called "I Wish". This song was so big that it was the#1 music video on MTV & #13 on the billboard hot 100 charts. Not only that but his album and his single were both given Grammy nominations. With Skee-lo coming out the gate with a smash hit single followed by a Grammy nominated album you can't help but wonder what happened? Things Can Get Complicated Well you may already be aware that things are not so simple in the … [Read more...] about Valuable Lessons To Learn From Skee-lo On Publishing
What Does "It" Mean? Rapping has never been more popular than it is today. With new aspiring rappers popping up every day you may wonder how come most rappers never make it? But first, let's establish what does "make it" mean to you? Maybe you think "making it" means getting a record deal or being famous. But honestly, neither of those equate to financial stability and here's why. Don't Believe The Hype Anyone can sign you to a record deal. Basically, a record deal is an agreement between two parties of what they expect from each other. It's very similar to the contracts you sign when … [Read more...] about Why Most Rappers Never Make It