What should you rap about? What do people want to hear? Are people going to think it’s lame and form an organization to build awareness about how much your music sucks?
Many of us rappers have this inner talk taking place when we’re trying to write songs and it’s like a creative paralysis that handicaps us from creating anything at all. We put so much pressure on ourselves to write songs that the whole world is going to embrace but guess what? You’re chasing a mirage!
ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL!
The truth is that your music will never be for everyone so just accept it and remove all of that unnecessary pressure off of yourself immediately!
Do you enjoy hanging out with everyone who crosses your path? Of course not! There are some real jerks out there! And there are people who aren’t jerks but you still don’t click with them due to their personality, or just a lack of mutual interests. Which means that everyone isn’t for you either!
EVERYONE’S GOT THEM
Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, Jay-Z, Hopsin, Tech N9ne and Eminem are all amazingly talented at what they do and many people love them for it but don’t get it twisted, there’s a lot of people who can’t stand their music as well.
The bottom line is you’re never going to be able to please everyone so don’t even try it because it’s a vain pursuit and in the end, everyone still won’t like your music and you will be miserable.
Don’t get me wrong you should strive to make music that people enjoy but go ahead and accept the fact that everyone isn’t going to like it and that’s okay! That way when the casual hater or troll goes out of their way to tell you how much your music sucks then just think to yourself…”Oh, I get it, my music isn’t for them”, and just keep it moving.
At the end of the day, you should strive to make the music that you want to hear. Your music should be an extension of who you are and it should reflect your musical influences, personality, opinions, beliefs, emotions, humor, questions and interests.
ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
So in closing, it doesn’t matter what people think about your music. A more important question to ask yourself is what do you think about your music and does it represent who you truly are? Just think about that for a moment.
“It’s better to be disliked for who you are than liked for who you are not”.
For an extra dose of encouragement check out this article I wrote that explains some of the crap the movie star Sylvester Stallone had to go through because people didn’t like how he looked or sounded. I think he turned out just fine!