A common question I constantly get asked from up and coming artists who are learning how to rap is "how can I create my own unique rap style?". This is actually a really good question and you may find my answer quite shocking at first but before you discredit what i'm about to say please hear me out. If you're wanting to create and cultivate your own sound you need to first accept the fact that you're not original. I know this can be an offensive notion to entertain and I myself am not excluded in that regard. But before I'm bombarded with 4 letter objections allow me to … [Read more...] about How To Create A Unique Rap Style
Sometimes I find myself wondering how to stay focused when I'm seemingly engulfed by distractions. Many of which are self imposed by my own doings. There is no doubt that through great technological advances ranging from the invention of the automobile, cellular phones and high speed internet the world has gotten in one big hurry! While these inventions have undoubtedly contributed to a better quality of life and productivity they can just as easily have a reverse effect depending on how we wield them. Welcome To The New Age Many are referring to this period of time as the Information Age. … [Read more...] about How To Stay Focused
The Inner Voice As creatives, many of us share certain defining moments during the infancy of our musical journey which validates that inner voice that's prompting us to share our creations with the world. 9/11/01 is one of those days that is burned into our minds forever. We remember where we were at and what we were doing the moment we heard that tragic news about the Twin Towers. However 9/11/02 will forever be impressed in my mind as well as it marks the day I received the ultimate validation as a rapper. A New Era Emerges During this time the recording industry was on the brink of … [Read more...] about My Most Memorable Rapping Performance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7hbfcyK4nc Reminiscing Every so often you come across videos or articles about amazing people while browsing the internet which leave you inspired and encouraged in a positive and challenging way. But it's even more rare to be close to one of those kinds of people in your personal life. 10 years ago I met a handicapped one legged man who is partially blind in both eyes who has since left me and the majority of people who cross paths with him inspired in a deep and profound way. His name is Richard Edens and he is by far one of the most unusual, … [Read more...] about Handicapped One Legged Man Inspires Others
Switching It Up I often post articles centered around teaching people how to rap and becoming more established artists. But sometimes I like to share what I refer to as words of encouragement. We all need encouragement and we need it often so I hope this is a nice pick me up for you. Slangin Debbie's I work part time merchandising Little Debbie's for my parents distributorship. It's a sweet gig and it get's me out the studio and allows me to mingle among my fellow contributors to society which prevents me from becoming a total recluse. Something happened to me today while working my part … [Read more...] about Words Of Encouragement: They’re Watching You!
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
Every now and then I will come across someone making the comment that "some people don't have the talent to rap" or basically saying that certain people don't posses the qualities needed to be a good rapper. But is rapping only for an elite group of people that was born with a special ability or can anyone learn how to rap? These comments and questions opens up a big can of worms that need to be broken down. Do some people simple have the talent and others don't? Just don't end up trying to be like this guy and you should be ok. lol Where We All Start I personally have never meet someone … [Read more...] about Do Some People Not Have The Talent To Rap?
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Nate Fancher on the CMB Podcast. During the interview Nate asked me what was my biggest struggle with running my business. As I began to ponder and spend a moment in deep self reflection I became readily aware of what it was; a lack of focus due to not being narrow minded! Over the past few years I have gradually began to overextend myself with tasks for my business. While it has been rewarding financially it has also caused me to start losing focus on what my primary objectives were in the first place. I have come to the realization that I … [Read more...] about Why Being Narrow Minded Can Be A Good Thing
Who am I? Regardless if you are a recording artist or not in general we as people struggle with authentically being ourselves. Why is that? Could it be peer pressure, parental pressure, political or religious pressure to be something that we are truly not? Or how about a fear of rejection that may consequently leave us feeling irrelevant? Maybe we feel like we won't be accepted unless we replicate what already seems to work for others? Or perhaps we have never taken the time to consider who we truly are. What makes us tick, what brings us joy, what gives us purpose and peace and gives us … [Read more...] about Dare To Be Yourself
How This Cheap $10 Dollar Mic Catapulted Me To New HeightsYou've got to start somewhere I recently was going through some of my old data cd's that I had burned to keep backups of from back in the day. I came across this one particular cd that had some of my very first recordings on it! Talk about going back in time! As I began listening to them isolated in my studio with no one else around I was overcome with embarrassment due to how terrible they sounded. The recordings were distorted because I recorded to loud, The volume of the vocals was inconsistent due to me moving around while … [Read more...] about How This Cheap $10 Dollar Mic Catapulted Me To New Heights