Hip Hop producer, Eric B. gives some insight on the hip hop music business. He also educates on what are the differences between beat makers and producers. Good stuff. Check it out. Read the rest of this entry »
Entertainment Attorney Rasheed McWilliams briefly but effectively talks about 3 of the biggest mistakes artists make in the music industry. First he illustrates the importance of having and entertainment attorney. Far to often artists neglect to seek the counsel of one when dealing with contracts. While having one can be costly at first, artists can an often do end up paying tore than that cost for not having one in the long run. Having an entertainment attorney also helps you to better understand those legal documents so that you’ll know what’s in your best interest . Most of the stories Read the rest of this entry »
Hip hop producer Bangladesh has made beats for some of the biggest rap artists in the game. In this video he explains all of the ways producers and beat makers can make money from their craft. Check it out.
We’re amidst an era of superabundance. Western capitalism has found a way to supply a huge amount of products to a huge amount of people at a reasonably low price. We see this everyday in supermarkets and shopping malls. However, no section of the economy is experiencing this superabundance quite like the music industry is.
Today anybody with a laptop, a mic and some software can upload unlimited amounts of musical content to the Web, methodically contributing to the superabundance of digital music. This alone is problematic because the value of a commodity is measured with respect to scarcity. In other words, what makes something valuable is the fact that there’s a limited supply of it. In today’s digital music market, the supply of music is everything but limited. Add to this the fact Read the rest of this entry »
Independent hip hop artist Mac Miller in this video talks about how he just sticks to what he knows. What he knows led him to a number one album which was a solid release in my opinion. Another indie making it happen. Check it out. Read the rest of this entry »
Atlanta based artist Rocko, in this interview, points out the fact that artists end up in debt with major labels who subcontract the work needed to push and promote them. He explains how artists can bypass the need for those labels by hiring the contractors themselves. Another great example of an independent hip hop artist making it happen! Be inspired. Read the rest of this entry »
This is real talk from producer Mannie Fresh. I agree with him wholeheartedly except for that fact that I think it will happen sooner. This is nothing new to hip hop though. Heads were selling their shit out of the car trunk for years because labels thought that hip hop was a fad. Now with the help of the internet you don’t need a label unless they’re giving you some kind of tour support. And even that can’t guarantee you a fanbase. Artists are finding out that you only need to win over a few hundred loyal fans to build some momentum. No one truly knows what the future will hold, but everything is here for you to blaze a new path to success in a way that has never been done before.
The two Techs talk about being hip hop and independent. Check it out. What do you think about being independent? Would you rather have a record deal? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.
Some hip hop artists are enjoying the luxury of using free beats in their recordings. Trinidad James said that his hit song was made by using a free beat. But, this can cause you a heap of trouble in the future if you haven’t taken proper precautions. I touched on a similar topic in an earlier article. Here are 3 things you want to put on your checklist
1. Don’t make assumptions
If you didn’t get the beat directly from the producer’s website or from the producer himself, that beat is not free for you to use.
2. Free doesn’t always mean free
If the beat comes from a website, read the policy or terms of agreement. The creator of the beat is always the default copyright owner of that beat. Just because you didn’t have to pay an Read the rest of this entry »
Now more than ever, an artists’ live performance is becoming the most important part of sustaining a career in music. Touring and performing are becoming the most largest sources of income for artists. But too many artists neglect this part of the game. No time is spent planning the flow of the show.
This is the time for artists to make believers out of the non-believers. Some rappers act like their just performing for themselves; no interaction with the audience, bad delivery, and no eye contact.
Rehearsal and practice is a must. Record video of yourself and be critical about how your come off. Get your endurance up. You’re Read the rest of this entry »
It’s pretty evident at this point that the music industry is in chaos. Major labels have tried to restrict innovation and have sued countless music listeners for pirating. Market consolidation has led to fewer people at fewer companies making the decisions on what music America will hear. Majors were slow to adapt to the digital music era, but still dominate the music world for the most part. All the problems we can identify with commercial music in the U.S. are tied to the major record companies. So why do we even need them?
Sure, the majors have the funding to promote certain artists on a huge scale, but this only benefits the 0.1 % of musicians who they decide to invest in. The media uses Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, and Drake to reinforce the illusion of music superstardom (i.e. Drake’s “Started from the Bottom”), but the reality is much more harsh for the other 99.9 % of music makers. Being talented and dedicated to your craft simply isn’t enough to guarantee a million dollar contract nowadays. There’s just so much music being made and so many platforms to Read the rest of this entry »
Duck Down’s Buckshot has paid his dues in the hip hop game and continues to be a trailblazer as an independent hip hop artists. In this video, he drops some serious knowledge for those getting into the hip hop game.
Wendy Day is an advocate for indie hip hop artists and has prevented a large number of artists from getting screwed by negotiating their deals. Google her. I had the pleasure of interviewing her a short time ago when she first released her current book.
In this short video clip, Wendy explains that not all deals are bad when you’re educated about music business. But more importantly, she goes on the explain why hip hop artist these days are better off staying independent.
1. Cancelling sessions on the day you’re due to record:
This really pisses studios off because your cancelation prevented them from booking a paying customer. Be considerate. Call the studio at least a day before if something comes up, and you know you won’t be able to make the session. Some studios make artists pay an non-refundable down payment to book a time slot because of this, but it still doesn’t equal up to the cost of a full session. Don’t get a reputation for being a flake. They might flag you as a customer that’s not dependable.
2. Treating the studio session like a house party:
When you’re in a studio session, you should be getting down to business. Time is money. The only people that should be there, are people that are contributing to the recording. Too many artists bring a large, annoying entourage to the studio, partying and Read the rest of this entry »
Wendy Day has negotiated hip hop deals for over twenty years. She’s been a champion and advocate for the fair treatment of hip hop artists during her career and has been responsible for some of the biggest deals in hip hop history. Before she stepped on the landscape, no artist in the genre had ever walked away from closing a label deal with the amount of payment, rights, and ownership that she was able to secure for her artists. One of the most monumental deals was the 30 million dollar label agreement she got for Cash Money Records. A deal that also awarded them ownership of their master recordings, which was close to unheard of in hip hop at the time. Here are just a few of Wendy’s former clients: Cash Money Records (Juvenile, BG, Lil Wayne, Hot Boyz, Big Tymers, Baby aka Birdman), Read the rest of this entry »
File this 8 part video series under “inspirational”. If you don’t know who Derek Sivers is, he is the founder and former president of CD Baby. A highly successful service that revolutionized the way we buy music on the internet. Derek was and still is a musician and he has a lot of jewels to share about staying focused, knowing when something isn’t working, and living out your independent, entrepreneurial dreams. Collectively this series is about 50 minutes but it’s a great motivator. Check it out. Read the rest of this entry »