If Radio Program Directors Told the Truth – #RapRatz

Filed Under (Rap Ratz) by FuNkwoRm on 20-07-2014

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How They Came Up: The Skeme Story

Filed Under (How They Came Up) by FuNkwoRm on 18-07-2014

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Amidst the market being oversaturated with rappers who have the same sound, more and more accounts of rising artists signing with independent labels instead of majors have been popping up lately. And if you browse any social media site, you’ll see some boasting about winning or being connected to the most famous artists and it seems to have an appeal to many. But when popularity and riches start to overshadow creativity and lyricism, does signing to a major label really equate to greatness? This doesn’t necessarily mean that signing to a major label doesn’t equal greatness or that money isn’t important; nevertheless, the basis is that if you are really passionate about your music, then why not explore all the avenues that make you the best you can be? This is what Skeme did, who has been grinding in SoCal for some time. Even though he was already affiliated with Top Dawg Entertainment and recording in their studio, Skeme made a conscious decision to instead sign with The Game’s independent label, Blood Money Entertainment. Both are independent, but Skeme didn’t want to get “lost in the mix” at the Read the rest of this entry »

Hip Hop Artists: Post and Promote Your Music (7-16-14)

Filed Under (Indie Wednesday Submission) by FuNkwoRm on 16-07-2014

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Hey, Rap Ratz!  It’s Indie Wednesday, time to promote your music and share it with the community.

If you’re new to this hip hop blog, read the rules below…

PLEASE READ

1. Everyone is limited to one music post per week. Aggressive music promotion and spamming will result in being banned.

2. You can post the same song if you posted it the previous week but keep that practice in moderation

3. Converse and dialogue with each other as much as you like. In fact, I encourage it.

Here is the suggested format:

1. Name of the artist:

2. Location (where are you from)

3. Couple of your social links (Twitter and or Facebook)

4. Say something about yourself, hip hop, or anything interesting. It can also be totally unrelated to music. Show us you have a personality.

Post music or videos that can play in the thread please. No download links to your mixtape.

Feel free to post any PICS and GIFs.

POST…LISTEN…NETWORK

The Moral Guardians of Facebook – #RapRatz

Filed Under (Rap Ratz) by FuNkwoRm on 13-07-2014

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The Dopest Hip Hop You’ve Never Heard (7-11-14)

Filed Under (Podcast) by FuNkwoRm on 11-07-2014

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If you like what you hear, share it and join the movement. Follow us on Soudcloud

 

Support dope independent hip hop – #RapRatz

Hip Hop Artists: Post and Promote Your Music (7-9-14)

Filed Under (Indie Wednesday Submission) by FuNkwoRm on 09-07-2014

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Welcome back Rap Ratz!  It’s Indie Wednesday once again, time to promote your music and share it with the community.

If you’re new to this hip hop blog, read the rules below…

PLEASE READ

1. Everyone is limited to one music post per week. Aggressive music promotion and spamming will result in being banned.

2. You can post the same song if you posted it the previous week but keep that practice in moderation

3. Converse and dialogue with each other as much as you like. In fact, I encourage it.

Here is the suggested format:

1. Name of the artist:

2. Location (where are you from)

3. Couple of your social links (Twitter and or Facebook)

4. Say something about yourself, hip hop, or anything interesting. It can also be totally unrelated to music. Show us you have a personality.

Post music or videos that can play in the thread please. No download links to your mixtape.

Feel free to post any PICS and GIFs.

POST…LISTEN…NETWORK

Music Production: 3 Ways to Upgrade from Beat Maker to Music Producer

Filed Under (Music Production) by FuNkwoRm on 07-07-2014

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Rapping is just one of the elements of hip hop and I feel that I don’t do enough to cover some of the others. I’m a music producer and I know that a lot of readers here make beats themselves. So I’m going to began adding posts to this site that cover the craft that I love, and that is music production and and beat making.

There was a post on this blog about the differences between beatmakers and music producers that you should check out too. So along with that I wanted to create a post touching on the professional development of those who just make beats into music Read the rest of this entry »

Term Limits for Female Rappers – #RapRatz

Filed Under (Rap Ratz) by FuNkwoRm on 06-07-2014

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How They Came Up: The Jarren Benton Story

Filed Under (How They Came Up) by FuNkwoRm on 04-07-2014

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Aside from being an artist, being self-sufficient means that you are able to take care of yourself, buy your own things; and just for overemphasis, pay your own bills. It means that you are independent. Predominantly this is what being an independent artist is all about; taking care of yourself. Not relying on the next man to get you somewhere, fundamentally pulling your own weight. Therefore you must hustle like you own your own business and market yourself as if your life depended on it. Marketing is typically about people and how they interact and what their needs are. And as an artist, this is one of the things you should focus on. So what does this have to do with Jarren Benton? This has plenty to do with Jarren Benton. Because of his Read the rest of this entry »

YouTube Puts the Brakes on Blocking Indies…For Now

Filed Under (Hip Hop News) by FuNkwoRm on 03-07-2014

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YouTube has delayed it’s action to block independents from it’s up and coming streaming service to give time for more negotiations. The new service is said to be based on an ad-free subscription model that will allow those pay for it to have a more organized streaming platform similar to Spotify but with the videos options. YouTube is being hush on the details.

Most independent artists were led to believe that this had an effect on them individually and that they’re videos would be suddenly deleted from the service. but that was not the case and was the result of a lack of detailed information about what was Read the rest of this entry »

Hip Hop Artists: Post and Promote Your Music (7-2-14)

Filed Under (Indie Wednesday Submission) by FuNkwoRm on 02-07-2014

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Welcome Rap Ratz! It’s Indie Wednesday, time to promote your music and share it with the community.

If you’re new to this hip hop blog, read the rules below…

PLEASE READ

1. Everyone is limited to one music post per week. Aggressive music promotion and spamming will result in being banned.

2. You can post the same song if you posted it the previous week but keep that practice in moderation

3. Converse and dialogue with each other as much as you like. In fact, I encourage it.

Here is the suggested format:

1. Name of the artist:

2. Location (where are you from)

3. Couple of your social links (Twitter and or Facebook)

4. Say something about yourself, hip hop, or anything interesting. It can also be totally unrelated to music. Show us you have a personality.

Post music or videos that can play in the thread please. No download links to your mixtape.

Feel free to post any PICS and GIFs.

POST…LISTEN…NETWORK

The Hype Magazine Supports Indie Artists and Features Rap Ratz Comics

Filed Under (Marketing and Promotion) by FuNkwoRm on 30-06-2014

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I was made aware of The Hype Magazine when the now Editor in Chief, Jerry Doby, became a fan of the Rap Ratz comic strip  featured here every Sunday. At that time they had a large online presence, published a monthly digital version of their magazine, but had yet to distribute a printed version of their magazine.

All that changed in November of 2013 when The Hype Magazine began distributing a printed magazine which can be found in various places around the country. This mag, founded by CEO/Publisher Jameelah “Just Jay” Wilkerson, covers a wide range Read the rest of this entry »

50 Cent in the News – #RapRatz –

Filed Under (Rap Ratz) by FuNkwoRm on 29-06-2014

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Man, some of these talking heads try way too hard to be hip.

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The Dopest Hip Hop You’ve Never Heard (6-27-14)

Filed Under (Podcast) by FuNkwoRm on 27-06-2014

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Every 2nd Friday a Soundcloud playlist is made of some of the dopest music submitted to this blog. Check out this week’s selections. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Hip Hop Artists: Post and Promote Your Music (6-25-14)

Filed Under (Indie Wednesday Submission) by FuNkwoRm on 25-06-2014

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It’s that time of the week again Rap Ratz! Promote your music with the community.

If you’re new to this hip hop blog, read the rules below…

PLEASE READ

1. Everyone is limited to one music post per week. Aggressive music promotion and spamming will result in being banned.

2. You can post the same song if you posted it the previous week but keep that practice in moderation

3. Converse and dialogue with each other as much as you like. In fact, I encourage it.

Here is the suggested format:

1. Name of the artist:

2. Location (where are you from)

3. Couple of your social links (Twitter and or Facebook)

4. Say something about yourself, hip hop, or anything interesting. It can also be totally unrelated to music. Show us you have a personality.

Post music or videos that can play in the thread please. No download links to your mixtape.

Feel free to post any PICS and GIFs.

POST…LISTEN…NETWORK