Sadly this is where it ends with most rappers. Most rappers only want to make music but if you don't market and promote your music the likely hood of you growing a fanbase is slim to none. I discussed the reasons why most rappers don't put enough focus on marketing and promotion in my previous article "Why Wack Rappers Are Getting Famous". But just to recap, these are the main reasons. They are insecure and scared of rejection Lazy Prideful and have an entitled mindset because they think their talent means that success is owed to them They set unrealistic … [Read more...] about Demystifying Marketing And Promotion For Rappers – Part 1
Let's just be honest for a moment. Have you ever heard a garbage song on the radio and thought how the heck is this crap getting spins? And then as an afterthought, you think of one of your talented rapper friends or perhaps even yourself and think you should be on the radio instead because you are more talented? Pay To Play Well here's the thing the music industry is a business it isn't a talent show. You don't simply get put on all the major radio stations because you're so awesome. Wanna hear a dirty little secret? A large majority of the music you hear being played on the radio is … [Read more...] about Why Wack Rappers Are Getting Famous
If you've never been to a recording studio before it can be quite intimidating! There's a lot that you need to know before you hit "the booth" to ensure your recording session is as enjoyable and productive as possible. If you follow the steps below you won't have to worry about being viewed as the "newbie" at the studio! Better yet the studio personnel will just assume you're a regular. House Keeping Before you go to the studio there are a few things you need to know first or you will run the risk of wasting your time and money. Quality Control Don't even think about going to the … [Read more...] about Don’t Go To The Studio Before Reading This First!
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
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
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
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 are 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