We’ve cleaned up our hip hop blog directory, gotten all of the dead sites out, added a bunch of new ones, and added the Twitter profile links to all of the sites that have them. It took some time but it’s a great resource for those artists looking for blogs and online radio stations that give support to indie hip hop artists.
If you’ve purchased previous versions of Online Grind then you should have received a free download link to your email address.
So to deal with the many Soundcloud links that get submitted to me via email and to the weekly Indie Wednesday thread, I’ve decided to create a playlist every Friday of some random picks I like. The playlists will consist of no more than 10 tracks and will be called “The Dopest Hip Hop You’ve Never Heard”. Hope you take the time to listen and give a comment to those artists you appreciate.
As I sit watching Pharrell enjoy his much deserved successes, I’m reminded that there are no formulas. He’s been involved in one way or another with some huge hits recently. A couple of which he’s been the lead vocalist on. And he’s not what many would consider a great singer. See, someone like Pharrell would have never made it past any of the judges on any of the primetime vocalist contest shows. He most likely wouldn’t have even made it past the audition.
Independent artist Jaymonis delivers this track that was written and produced by him. This three part song is outlined by real live interviews of serial killer Ted Bundy who was dubbed the “Riverman” Check it out.
How did I miss this? I totally slept on this outfit. I discovered Blueprint just the other day when he wrote a dope article on his blog about the De La Soul releases. Turns out, he was signed to Rhymesyaers back in the day , and has a catalog of some dope hip hop relapses. Anyway, I definitely checking for this dude and will be posting more from him in the future. In the meantime peep this video and check out his blog. It’s on IHH so I fux wit it,
18 year old MC Nnamdi returns to the Indie Hip Hop Blog with ”LL Cool J”. It is the second track off Nnamdi’s debut mixtape, In Exact Beauty. Featuring Freshbox singer, Jonah. This joint is IHH approved . Check it out.
No one is stopping you from finding an audience or finding your voice. Social networks, blogs, and some old school networking provide you with a number of resources to make connections with people all over the globe. Your real challenge is finding the thing that resonates with enough people to help you create a bit of traction. But you have the luxury of exercising that creative muscle until you figure that out.
There are those that complain that because the gates are wide open, the playing field is saturated with amateur talent, and as a result, it makes it harder for the truly talented to shine. A lot of that is bullshit, and some of it comes from those who somehow feel that if there were less players on the field, they would be able stand out as the superstars they think they are.
I say work it out until you get it. This is not to say that everyone has a equal chance at making it big in the music industry, but I don’t know how else you’ll be Read the rest of this entry »