We live in very privileged times where rappers can search the internet and filter through thousands of producers to find that perfect beat for their project. After the purchase has been made the beat is automatically delivered via e-mail. It hasn't always been this way and while this is a convenient and cost effective method for both the rappers and producers it's a huge missed opportunity and hear's why! A New Business Model This new online business model where producers lease beats on the internet really got popular a little over 10 years ago. Before then in order to have your own … [Read more...] about Why Rappers And Producers Should Work Together
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 on 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? 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 are 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 the … [Read more...] about Top 10 Tips For Buying Rap Beats Online
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
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
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?
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