November 6, By cole mize 90 Comments. Rapping has never been more popular than it is today. With new aspiring rappers popping up every day you may wonder how come most rappers never make it? Maybe you think making it means getting a record deal or being famous.
Anyone can sign you to a record deal. Basically a record deal is an agreement between two parties of what they expect from each other. However most record labels may give you some money up front but in most cases this is simply a loan that you have to pay back before you ever make one red cent.
Plus they only get a small percentage of the sales and on top of that many artists are in debt to the label because of the cash advances they have already received.
Most of their money is made on the road doing shows and selling merchandise. But many artists live beyond their means in order to project the image of success and behind closed doors are fighting off the IRS from tax evasion. Making it simply means that you are able to make a good enough living that supports you and your family. How come most rappers never make it?
Here are some reasons why. A lot of rappers think that if they can rap good then everything will fall into their lap. This causes them to be very prideful which gives them a false sense of entitlement.
They feel like they are owed success because they are skilled. You need to understand investing and R. Dre started off as a member of N. No promotion or distribution: If all you are thinking about is creating the product but are putting little to no effort or investment on how to deliver the product to the market you are doing you and everyone else involved with the project a huge disservice.
Promotion and distribution should be giving much thought before budgeting for studio time and audio production. Sadly this is most often an after thought once the budget has been spent and very few people actually get to hear the project leaving you further in the whole financially with very little fan base growth.
This type of thinking rules out any possibilities. Maybe instead of trying to do a whole album cheaply you could focus on doing 1 or 2 songs in excellence.
Maybe you can sell stuff around the house, ask for money on Christmas and birthdays, cut your neighbors grass, stop buying things like video games brand new and get them used. This mindset usually derives from pride as if fans are some type of underlings that are suppose to bow down and worship at their feet. People typically wont care about you until they see that you sincerely care about them. You may only think of insecure people as being shy and timid. I mean insecure in the way that you are easily offended when someone gives you advice or constructive criticism.
So many of us have the misconception that if you have a large following on your social media accounts then you have arrived. But the truth is that only a small percentage of your posts actually get seen by your following especially on facebook and twitter. As these companies have monetized their platforms more you now have to pay for your posts to actually be seen by most of your following. Plus these social platforms could be gone tomorrow and so could your following.
The bottom line is talent can only take you so far. But strong sacrificial work ethic, good character and the desire to always learn can open doors for you that skill alone can not.
If you want to be successful in anything in life you can with the right amount of determination and knowledge. Learn from others mistakes and successes. If you ever want to know what the path you are heading down is like just ask someone who is on their way back. What did you think of this article? Was it to loooooong? Please drop your 2 cents in the comments section below and I will get right back to you.
Cheers to being a better rapper now! Encouragement , Music Business Tagged With: Warro The Motherfoker says. November 6, at November 7, at Wow thanks so much! I greatly appreciate you checking it out and am glad that you enjoyed it! I was a little concerned with the length of it. Did you feel that it was a little to long? November 7, at 1: November 8, at Yeah I feel you man but did you know than 2 pac was leaving death row because they owed him tens of millions of dollars?
He was in the process of starting is own record label when he was killed. November 23, at 4: You managed to put across a lot of info with very few words and yet managed to not rob us of any important information. One more this I liked a lot is that you follow everything you preach which inspires me and hopefully others to do the same. December 2, at 1: Thanks so much for all of your kind words Curran!
Thanks again for the love and support! Wishing you the best! November 7, at 9: Is there anything in particular that you would be interested in reading more about in the future? October 23, at 9: I think you should do an article focusing on the concepts that certain artist portray, like ASAP ROCKYs dark goth style or Drakes romantic ladies man style or even GEazy with his vintage cool kid style. October 27, at 1: I have added it to my to do list.
Thanks for the feedback! I really appreciate it! November 8, at 5: Thanks so much for not only taking the time to read my article but also follow it up with a hefty comment. You are exactly right about success. I wrote an encouraging blog a while back that talks a little more on my perspective of success.
If you wish you can check it out here. Thanks again for your kind words of encouragement, they go a long way!
And I am wishing you nothing but the best of success to you and your business! Thanks for liking my facebook page as well! Much love from the states! It did look a little too long at first glance, but I read it anyway and everything in it is good to keep in mind. November 9, at 4: Hey Mike, I appreciate your feedback. Yeah it was a little longer than I would have liked but at the same time I had a lot of information that I wanted to share.
There was actually a lot more I wanted to get into but I figured it was already long enough. Is there any topics in particular that you may be interested in me writing about in the future? I would love to know. I am always striving to deliver the most helpful content to you guys. Until next time take care! November 12, at 9: This is great stuff man.
I rap as a form of self expression so I feel fulfilled just by writing. But I am working my way on getting my stuff recorded so people can hear it freely. My only concern is theft. Since this IS self expression, the worse thing that could happen is someone stealing your work AND making money off of it. So I refrain from posting what I HAVE done on the internet as a result. But enough about me, great article, helps outline the basics to, at the very least, trying to be successful and in my opinion, putting your heart and soul into getting heard is always a great effort in its own.
November 12, at 3: Hey Paul thanks so much for reading this article! I am glad that you enjoyed it! I totally agree about making music should be about your heart, soul and love for it. I always tell people, never pursue anything primarily based on making money because you will most likely end up burned out and unsatisfied.
Instead I tell them if there was one thing that you could do that makes you happy and you find purpose in what would it be? Then secondly find out how to use that passion to help others and solve a problem and then most likely you will begin to have the financial support to do it full time if you invest a lot of time and energy into it. And I feel you on the theft thing as well.
Anything that is on the internet is able to be downloaded. If it can be streamed it can be downloaded. I would recommend getting your music copy written before placing it on the net. But thanks again Paul for your comment and support.
I am wishing you the best with your music! Is there anything in particular that you may be interested in me covering in the future? Until next time, take care! April 7, at This was a good article. The length was perfect. They can learn a lot from you with all your experience, I know I am. Man keep it going. April 7, at 4: I am glad to hear that you enjoyed this article and thanks so much for all the great feedback.
You and I both share the same meaning of success. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this article and comment as well. I will keep them coming and you keep up the great work as well! June 16, at 7: Not too long, no. Good, short and straight to the point. Things in this article are explained good. Nothing needs to be explained more. However, I do have a question.
June 16, at 4: As far as trying to record a song on a budget I would recommend either leasing a song which can be usually done for Then you can either record it yourself if you have a decent recording studio setup or you can search for people with studios in your area and see what their prices are. Let me know if that helps and if you have any further questions. July 27, at 4: July 30, at Wishing you the best in all your endeavors! August 14, at As a rapper trying to get into the game I found this article to be very informative.
Thank you for providing a good source of useful information. August 16, at 9: August 18, at 3: August 22, at 9: August 22, at 4: November 20, at 9: November 24, at Thanks again and take care! December 21, at 3: December 21, at 6: And a big shout out to India! Thanks for sharing your music video with me.
If you want the long detailed version we should spend some time together via my 1 on 1 coaching at http: The short answer is to continue to perfect your craft and release as high quality music as possible.
January 5, at Do you think there is a way to get someone to invest…maybe if I get heard or something…. I know for a fact I can do this…. January 6, at Well in order for someone to invest in you you first need to show and prove to them that you can return them a profit on their investment.
How Much Money Do I Make As A Rapper A Month?
Check out my article I wrote on the 1, fan theory you can make more money as an independent artist than most rappers signed to record labels and still have full creative control. January 16, at 7: I am a middle school science teacher who grew up on hip hop and i encourage my students to pursue it for the the love of the art form not the cash.
In this era of downloading music and many venues not having large hip hop concerts are artists actually able to make money? I feel like the business model for hip hop is rapidly changing. January 17, at You are exactly right! The business model for music in general has changed a lot of the high speed internet and home recording digital audio era. But all the tools needed for artists to make a really good living is now in their hands.
I think you would enjoy my article explaining the 1, fan theory. If you get a chance to check it out let me know what you think. Thanks again for reading and commenting with such positive feedback! January 20, at January 23, at 3: Thanks so much for reading and commenting with such positive feedback!
Much love and respect! February 3, at February 4, at 2: I can help you out tons with coaching and offer my coaching service here on my website. March 18, at As an up and coming artist, I think you hit right on the head. A lot of guys, record raggedy singles, or albums.
And just throw it out there, hoping an ANR, or Jay z hear it and sign them. Financial, time wise, effort wise…I think most rappers, are too lazy to get a job, stay on long enough to invest in them selves. And romanticize with the idea, cause what they see on T. Really enjoyed the article, big ups man!!!! March 20, at 2: Thanks for reading and commenting Ben!
Wishing you the best in all that you do and feel free to stop by anytime and check out more of my articles. April 19, at 5: Good article bro, you sound like you have experience with everything you have wrote in this article. Do you rap too and have these things happened to you in the past?
April 28, at 9: Hey Carlos, thanks for reading! Thanks for the positive feedback! May 18, at 9: You cant have a negative mindset in this business. Check my Soundcloud out! May 20, at 6: Thanks for the positive feedback Tagir. Thanks for reading and commenting!
May 20, at Thanks for reading and commenting with your positive feedback! May 20, at 1: Anyways, thanks for the great advices! June 10, at 2: I can see now it falls more on the individuals drive and goals. I think I have what it takes. June 11, at Hey C-lo, thanks for the feedback!
Life is certainly real and working your creative muscle especially through music is very therapeutic. Keep up the hard work and if you keep doing what you love it will love you back! August 19, at August 24, at 4: Hey Cole thanks for what you have deen doing for us…… Most people charge money for some of these things that you post free for us.
May God continuing to give you more knowledge and underesting for. All the good works your doing this one cool. Thanks for your kind words Davidson. August 19, at 5: Wonderful article, Mr Cole.
I really appreciate your efforts and time taken to raise great men. I wanna know, is it better to remain independent like Chance the Rapper and what are the benefits and pitfalls of being independent?
Hey Fejiro Thanks for your positive words! I really do appreciate it! August 20, at 4: Cole I loved it. Length was perfect man, I read the whole thing and never got bored.
Well done, keep it up! Thanks for the feedback Aidan! Keep up the great work!
August 29, at 8: August 29, at Thanks for pointing that out Angel. I just corrected it. September 6, at 6: What makes a rapper relevant. Not anymore apparently, people like lil yatchy and most of the xxl freshman list look kind of lame and eccentric.
Nope, for obvious reasons. What makes people really take off? You need something unique, something that will set you apart from the others. You need a target audience that you listen to, and can predict the trends of. To become famous now a days, you need to have something that will get played at clubs, your target audience needs to be females.
They are the true factor deciding if you get played or not. You need to be ready to invest, studio time, visuals, branding, image.
These all cost money. You need a backup plan. Not everyone will make it. No matter what you do, you just might never get seen. You also need to make some good connections.
September 8, at Hey Jay, thanks so much for your comment! You shares lots of great advice! Thanks for reading and commenting. September 8, at 3: September 15, at 4: September 19, at 7: September 19, at 1: October 16, at 9: October 21, at October 17, at 6: December 12, at 1: December 13, at 3: I may touch on that topic some in the future tho for sure.
January 7, at 4: January 10, at 8: May 17, at 2: Man seriously i wish i was your neighbour i could learn more everyday, this is straight forward points most of us have to consider. But i have a question: Please if i dont see your comment or reply i will be happy to receive it on my email, kingsamnovela gmail. May 17, at 9: Thanks for your positive words KS90 I really do appreciate it man!
In response to your question, your best bet would be to get feedback from someone such as myself who not only understands the intricacies of rapping but can also explain and articulate in a way that you can understand.
I work privately with my students on their songs via my 1 on 1 coaching service on a weekly basis. If you have any more questions please let me know. June 8, at 1: Your article was straight to the point and i enjoy it very much.
Keep these coming for sure, for sure. June 9, at Thanks for the positive feedback Chris! June 8, at 2: This article was perfect! Have me lots of insight into things I should be paying attention to. But after reading this article I plant to promote my music on as many platforms as possible!! Thanks again Cole your amazing!
One day I hope to have you feature on one of my songs! Nothing would make me happier at the moment lol. Thanks so much for your abundance of positive feedback Bobby! Who knows what the future may hold! I would say this is one of the best articles about what it means to be a succesful rapper, or a musician in general. You did an amazing job here! My question — is it a good idea to learn from doing covers?
I mean, what worked for the original author will likely not work for me. Or is it better to try to find my own voice from the beginning? Thanks so much for your positive feedback Josephine! I would highly recommend that you learn other rappers and singers songs. Your vocals is an instrument and just like any other instrument learning to play songs with your instrument will serve as a great way to practice.
You will likely find your voice is a combination of bits and pieces of all of your greatest influences. You may enjoy reading my article on how to create a unique rap style as well as How to study your favorite rappers and my video lesson on creating cadences I hope this helps you out! June 8, at 7: Thanks Jawblaze I really do appreciate it! Much love as well from The States! June 10, at 7: June 11, at 2: June 13, at 8: June 17, at 3: Skip links Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Skip to primary sidebar Main navigation HOME ABOUT ARTICLES How To Rap Song Writing Music Business Music Marketing Hip Hop History Encouragement Rapper Spotlight Product Reviews SERVICES COACHING MUSIC REVIEWS MIXING BEAT STORE CONNECT DONATE BIO Search this website.
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You hit the nail on the head! This article was amazing. Thanks for reading and commenting G. Hello Cole, As an up and coming artist, I think you hit right on the head. Very informative,you really nailed it bro! Awesome bro, its like very good advice!! Good well written article.. I will forward to my son! I enjoyed the article. Thumbs up from jawzblaze.. This article is an handful of corn. Leave a Reply Cancel reply document.
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