Songwriting is a skill in and of its self, apart from rapping. And there are a lot of techniques that go into it as well. But within this article, I'm going to discuss what I believe to be one of the most difficult parts about writing rap songs and I'll provide with you some insight on how to get past it. Under Pressure A lot of us rappers put a tremendous amount of unnecessary pressure on ourselves when it comes to songwriting. Even though it's typically just us, by ourselves, in a room working on music. We allow our psyche to be flooded with all these questions and doubts such … [Read more...] about The Most Difficult Part Of Writing Rap Songs
Have you found yourself wrestling with the thought that perhaps you're too old to start rapping? Or if you've already been rapping for quite some time have you wondered if you've "missed the mark" and it's time to put the mic down? If so I think you will find a lot of encouragement within this article as I tackle both of these angles and provide you with some alternative views you may have yet to consider. So without further ado, LET'S GET IT!! Are You Too Old? Let's first tackle the question of if you are too old to be rapping. Now I don't know you specifically so I think it's wise to … [Read more...] about Are You Too Old To Be Rapping?
Regardless if you've just begun rapping or already have invested a decent amount of time into your craft, one thing is for sure; you're going to need your own recording studio at some point and time. And this guide is going to be the perfect blueprint on guiding you through how to accomplish just that! You Don't Need The Doctor For many, the thought of having their own recording studio is daunting and quite intimidating. I mean, after all, isn't that something only the professional gurus like Dr. Dre are supposed to have? And building your own recording studio is going to cost … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Poor Mans Recording Studio Setup
Have you recently embarked on your musical journey in hopes of one day becoming a "Rap God"? Just like any other trip you may take, you're probably wondering how long it's going to take you to reach your destination. Well, after reading this article you will certainly have a better understanding of how long it actually takes to get good at rapping. Let's get straight to it! What's Happening? I have been personally training and developing rappers 1 on 1 via my coaching service for the past 3 years and I've certainly noticed that some of my students grow faster than others. As a … [Read more...] about How Long Does It Take To Get Good At Rapping?
As an educator in the field of learning how to rap I've picked up on many common misconceptions. And lies unchecked can become one's truth. So in my efforts to prevent you from being held back, below I've compiled the top 5 things rappers misunderstand the most about songwriting. Let's get straight to it, shall we? 1. Every Song Must Be About You We've all likely been guilty of this one. You sit down to write your next song but you are "shooting blanks". This is commonly known as "writer's block". You've already written songs about the horrible EX, why you're the best rapper in the … [Read more...] about The Top 5 Things Rappers Misunderstand About Songwriting
Hopefully, all of the marketing and promotional techniques I've shared throughout this series has gotten your wheels turning on different creative techniques to build your fanbase. I've shared a lot of information in the past articles which I know can be overwhelming. Below you will find a quick recap of all the core takeaways from this series. Be sure to bookmark this article and come back when you need a refresher. LET'S GET IT! Part 1: What Is Marketing And Promotion? Read The Full Article Marketing Marketing is the act of identifying who your "target" audience is. So when you … [Read more...] about Demystifying Marketing And Promotion For Rappers (Complete Guide)
Let's talk about subcultures. Subcultures are basically a group of people or a community that share a common similar interest. In marketing terms, we call this a "Niche". Subcultures This entire time I've been teaching you how to target a specific SubCulture. You see, Hip-Hop is a specific type of music which makes it a "Niche". But then there are "Sub-Niches" or "Subcultures" within it. This is why in the beginning I had you first define what type of artist that you are then to make a list of other artists that are similar to you. This allows you to get very specific about who you're … [Read more...] about Demystifying Marketing And Promotion For Rappers – Part 4
S.E.O Another great promotional strategy is called "S.E.O" which stands for "Seach Engine Optimization". You actually participate in SEO all of the time. For example, if you heard about a new video game that's coming out, and you go to google or Youtube and search for the name of that game then you will see content related to that game. So when someone creates content about something that other people are searching for then they are likely going to get free traffic from it. But remember to also ask yourself "what's in it for them?". Don't create content with a misleading title … [Read more...] about Demystifying Marketing And Promotion For Rappers – Part 3
In my previous article "Demystifying Marketing And Promotion For Rappers Part 1" I explained the difference between marketing and promotion along with how you can identify your target audience and I even shared one powerful technique on how to reach and promote to them. In this article, I'm going to share another promotional strategy that I recommend. And don't feel obligated to pick just one of these promotional strategies, but rather feel free to use as many of them as you can. If your promotional tactics are more diversified you will likely have a higher success rate in gaining … [Read more...] about Demystifying Marketing And Promotion For Rappers – Part 2
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