Tech N9ne on How He Became One of the Wealthiest Hip Hop Artists While Staying Independent

Filed Under (Music Business) by FuNkwoRm on 19-06-2014

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Tech N9ne isn’t every hip hop fan’s cup of tea. But he’s living proof that you can create your own lane, stay independent, and be hugely successful in hip hop. There’s been blog chatter lately about Tech because he’s revealed that he wanted his recent public earnings exposed by a Forbe’s list to stay a secret. Check out this video in which he talks about that, music promotion, and the independent grind.

Hip Hop Artists: Post Your Music – Indie Wednesday (4-30-14)

Filed Under (Indie Wednesday Submission) by FuNkwoRm on 30-04-2014

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Welcome back Rap Ratz. We’ve got the dopest independent community anywhere and it’s constantly growing. I like seeing the new faces here. I also enjoy seeing the familiar ones as well that drop dope music every week as well. I’m still trying to figure out a way to handle videos like I handle the Soundcloud playlists. I don’t know, YouTube playlists just kinda feels lame to me. But I’ve been bookmarking a lot of videos posted here throughout the weeks.


It’s Indie Wednesday once again. Join the independent hip hop movement and share your creative talent in this thread.

If you’re new to this hip hop blog, check out the rules below and post your music.


1. Everyone is limited to one music post per week. Spammers will be 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.




Filed Under (Music Business) by FuNkwoRm on 26-04-2014

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Some of this is not only funny but very on point!


The Dopest Hip Hop You’ve Never Heard (4-18-14)

Filed Under (Podcast) by FuNkwoRm on 18-04-2014

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Lots of dope music submitted throughout the weeks. I honestly have no time to listen to mainstream hip hop anymore and I’m fine with that. I would love to make this a full blown out online radio show sometime in the future if I can get the time. Until then, let’s keep pumping dope into the hip hop community…music that is. Hope you enjoyed these joints as much as I did.

How to Become A Dope Rapper or MC

Filed Under (Self Improvement) by FuNkwoRm on 25-01-2014

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Here’s What DMX Had to Say About the Music Industry

Filed Under (Music Business) by FuNkwoRm on 13-12-2013

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A reminder of how truly gifted the Dark Man X was. Very powerful, eerily prophetic, and still relevant insight.

Here’s What Legendary Producer Eric B. Has to Say About the Business of Hip Hop

Filed Under (Music Business) by FuNkwoRm on 10-12-2013

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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 »

3 Big Mistakes Artists Make in the Music Industry

Filed Under (Music Business) by FuNkwoRm on 10-12-2013

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  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 »

Funkworm’s Music Industry Adventures: The Rapper

Filed Under (Rants) by FuNkwoRm on 19-09-2013

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[Guest Post] Restoring the Value of Recorded Music

Filed Under (Rants) by FuNkwoRm on 23-08-2013

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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 »

Mac Miller: “I’m Afraid of Major Labels & Radio” [video]

Filed Under (Music Business) by FuNkwoRm on 06-08-2013

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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.
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Rocko Explains the Advantages of Being an Independent Hip Hop Artist

Filed Under (Music Business) by FuNkwoRm on 15-07-2013

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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 »

DJ Jazzy Jeff Tells Why Chief Keef and Drake Made Mistakes by Signing with Labels [video]

Filed Under (Music Business) by FuNkwoRm on 16-05-2013

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” I know artists that made records without record labels. I don’t know too many record labels that made records without artists.”  Well said, Jeff.

[WATCH] Mobb Deep: Major Labels Are Irrelevant

Filed Under (Music Business) by FuNkwoRm on 07-05-2013

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Prodigy and Havoc briefly address their feelings about the relevance of labels in this clip.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on the Colbert Show Talk About Being an Independent Artist

Filed Under (Music Business) by FuNkwoRm on 04-05-2013

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More testimonials fromm independent hip hop artists who are actually making it happen.

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