Before you embark on any journey it's wise to know your purpose of going. I've learned over the years that the most critical part of constructing anything is laying a solid foundation to build upon. If your foundation is not solid the slightest storm will cause your entire structure to collapse into ruble. The foundation I'm speaking of is what I like to refer to as "defining your why". Vision The reason why most rappers fail at what they're trying to accomplish isn't due to a lack of discipline but rather a lack of vision. A vision is a vivid picture in your mind and soul of where you … [Read more...] about The Importance Of Purpose
We truly live in a wonderful time! This age is referred to as the information age due to how accessible high speed internet has made information to anyone world wide. Nowadays there's no excuse to be ignorant to anything. If you have a question it's highly likely that there are hundreds if not thousands of people who've already answered it for you somewhere on the net. Pick Your Professor I personally find myself geeking out each week on Google and YouTube with learning new things. And if you are wanting to get an extended education in a particular field you can literally just search the … [Read more...] about Knowledge Is Only 50%
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