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How to Sign a Record Deal With Jay Z

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You want a record deal? What year are you living in? They don’t even sell records anymore, heck digital downloads will soon tank once the public gets a hit of streaming services.

Let me tell you there is absolutely no point waiting to be “discovered”. You’ll either end up waiting forever or you’ll get signed and be miserable.

Why will you be miserable? Because if you get signed without having a fan base, you’re going to have to build your fan base on the record label’s terms. Not only that but if you get signed without a fan base, you’ll have no leverage during contract negotiations and will really have signed yourself up to be a slave for a massive corporation.

If you really want to make it today sign yourself and be a slave to what works. What does this mean? It means you need to test yourself in the free market. That means put up a youtube video of yourself singing or rapping and see what the heck happens. 99% of the time nothing ground breaking will happen. You’ll be lucky to get more than 10,000 views.

So what do you do? You try again and again and again, until you figure out what works. You’ll know what works when your video actually gets 100,000 views and has tons of comments, likes and dislikes. You see youtube is the free market. Kids these days don’t have subscriptions to spotify or rdio: when they want to hear their favorite songs they go to youtube. Every song is free to hear on youtube so long as you can sit through a 15 second commercial or whenever that “skip this ad” button appears.

You’ll know you’re music video is working when even months after its release, it continues to get thousands of views each day. You’ll know that your music is connecting when even months after you’ve released it, your twitter and facebook are lit up with people talking about you.

You see you don’t need a record deal anymore because all they’re going to do is try to sell you to old media which in turn will try to sell you to whoever pays attention to old media: old people. The new generation doesn’t care about old media. In fact, all the acts that you probably want to be just like, made it before social media took off. It is doubtful any of them would even make it in this era.

This is truly a “survival of the fittest” model for how musicians should blow. Youtube is the great equalizer. If you think you have the goods, put yourself out there and prove yourself. Don’t think Jay-Z discovering you is going to be your ticket to fame and fortune. It’ll be much more long lasting and meaningful if you build a few fans a day.

Remember the old adage: the quicker they come, the faster they’ll fall. Well the opposite couldn’t be any truer: The more time you take to grow your fan base, the longer you’ll be on top. And today that starts with building your following over youtube, one subscriber at a time. The irony of this is if you do build a large enough following on your own, Jay-Z and a bunch of other labels will be beating a path to your door to sign you.

Written By: Andre

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SCC – We Work

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Dizaster vs Cassidy

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Stream Outlet: www.filmon.tv 

Setting: Press Conference: September 4th 3:30 PST 

 

  Whether it was battle rap fans, Cassidy fans, or viewers tired of Cassidy’s high horse talk, we’re finally getting what we’ve waited years for. Lush One (Fresh Coast) is teaming up with FilmOnTv to bring you this monumental battle, being Dizaster vs Cassidy. This recently confirmed news has had the battle rap world in a frenzy. There was a lot of speculation on when and who Cassidy would battle again, if he were to at all. 

 

  Nobody would’ve ever guessed that Dizaster would be the one to take on this so called honor. Many people are already questioning this match up. Dizaster will be a lot to handle, with his agression and freestyle ability. Cassidy has appeared on multiple interviews saying things along the lines of his opponent having to be an established artist. It has also been rumored that he’s turned down offers of $40,000-$100,000 to step back in the ring. He’s gone on record saying he will be paid $200,000-$250,000 for this battle. Although Cassidy claims he’s battled countless times, the only battle most people have viewed was his infamous battle with Freeway. 

 

  There is plenty of proof of Cassidy’s ability online, but battle rap has changed a lot since the Smack dvd era. A highly requested battle was Cassidy vs Murda Mook, due to their past altercations. With that being said, I’m sure majority of battle rap fans will agree there are plenty of top tier battlers who’d be a better match up than Dizaster. Cassidy is often considered a legendary in the battle rap world, modern day battlers refuse to give him his just do. We recently witnessed Philly’s Reed Dollaz return with a disappointing performance against JohnJohn Da Don. Will Cassidy’s return be a repeat? Another example being Canibus and Joe Budden both folding under pressure in the ring. Needless to say, this highly anticipated battle will be a great look for the culture.

 

Who will win this battle?

SWEET 16′s (Songwriters App)

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SWEET 16′s is a fresh looking songwriters app that allows songwriters to easily create, edit and organize bars on the go. If you’re running low on scratch – skip the studio session and check out SWEET 16′s Voice Recording feature. This enables the artist to upload a instrumental (off your phone,) import a saved song and record it all at once – kind of like a teleprompter that “goes in.”

Other important features that Rappers will find useful are “Lock Down Mode” – which safeguards your verses in case you loose your phone and “Auto-Scroll Mode” – just upload a beat, set the scroll speed and deliver your bars as they move down automatically.

LINK:

SWEET 16′s for Songwriting – Changing The Way Songwriters Organize Mobile Lyrics.

Bulleted features:
• Upload a saved song, play an instrumental, record that song, then send it via text message or email.

• Express your songs with text, fonts, emoji, fullscreen (eliminating buttons) and auto-scroll.

• Backup songs to cloud, SD card and lyrics can be password protected.

• Use search features to find songs or playlists faster and the dictionary to help construct your verses.

• Personal settings can be accessed at all times, keeping you closer to your work and recordings.

Soulja Boy vs. Gillie Da Kid

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I must say this is very odd. Lyrically Gillie Da Kid will slaughter Soulja Boy, but a lot of people can. Anyway the two tweets from these guys were funny. I wonder how far this will go maybe we can get some diss tracks.

I always love beef but this isn’t even worth it. The whole issue stemmed from a Instagram post from Gillie saying “Some of you niggaz biggest fears…a diamond tester,”. Then he uses #souljaboyassniggaz as one of the hashtags. This isn’t the first time he’s been called out about fake jewelry though. According to FakeWatchBusta Soulja Boy has a fake Audemar that says 10:25 all day everyday. Check out the tweets below.

Written By C.J.

 

Gucci Mane to Release 3 New Projects

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Being behind bars has never stopped Gucci Mane from dropping music. Honestly I don’t even know if he’s in jail or not it happens so often. Isaiah Rashad said it best though “free Guwop if he in jail”.

Anyway Gucci’s twitter account tweeted “#GucciVsGuwop” & “#BrickFactory2″ on the way, but “#1017Thug3″ is up next. That’s 3 projects on the way I don’t how he does it but he’s one of the hardest working guys in the game. So all you Gucci Mane fans are in for a treat.

Written By C.J.

Lil Wayne Doesn’t Pay to Get High

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Look it’s a bird it’s a plane no it’s Lil Wayne. After agreeing to rent a jet for $55,000 a month the rapper flew away and decided not to pay. The company is suing Lil Wayne and his Young Money Entertainment for a million dollars according to the reports from TMZ.

The jet company leased him the G-1159-B Gulfstream jet for 55k a month. The jet was also customized for Wayne but after a year they stopped making payments. In Wayne’s music he loves getting money but it looks like he doesn’t like spending it.

Via: TMZ

Written By C.J.

Trinidad James Reportedly Broke & Dropped from Label

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The “All Gold Everythingrapper who rose to quick stardom in 2012 has tweeted out he was dropped from Def Jam. That wave didn’t last too long for the rapper from Atlanta. Question ? will he continue to drop music independently or will he quit.

The last project he dropped was “10 Piece Mild” which didn’t do very well in my opinion. Seems like it was just too hard to match the success of the hit that put him on.

Let’s not forget that he secured features from others in the industry but most notably his verse on A$AP Ferg’s “Work Remix“. Maybe Trinidad James doesn’t need a label like many other artists in today’s industry.

Only time will tell if he’ll bounce back or just fade away.

Written By C.J.

Dave East – Black Rose (Mixtape Review)

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From the beginning of the project Dave East just hits you hard. This is the perfect way to get new listeners interested and keep them listening. I love the Menace II Society like skit in the beginning of “Drunk in Queensbridge Hangover“.

Dave East tells a quick story on the Free Charlie interlude that made me feel like I was watching a movie. The production was perfect for the content. “In Some Shit Pt. 1” displays one of Dave’s strong suits in my opinion. I’m referring to his vivid storytelling.

As he recollects on past experiences he keeps you on edge with every line. “New Jux City Savage” displays the stunting side of Dave. He gets straight to the point with this cut.

My favorite track on the tape has to be “Around Here“. Dave spits about his father getting locked up and telling him not to waste his talent. That line spoke to me in many ways.

Another standout track to me was “The Offering“. It has a Nas “Book of Rhymes” type feel at the beginning of it but he finally got it right and slaughtered this track produced by Buda Grandz. “Fuck You Think” and “The Town” are greatly written songs as well and I’ll let you listen because I don’t want to spoil anymore.

Black Rose is a really solid project it could’ve been an album in my opinion. I expect to see Dave East’s status rise quickly with the content featured on this mixtape.

Written By C.J.

Raps & Hustles Presents: Tunez (Artist Review)

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Tunez is a clear example of an artist who knows what he’s doing. By listening to his music I can tell he’s serious about his craft. His production he chooses is always a compliment to his voice. His flow and delivery is always on point as well.

I noticed he really likes to rap about women and smoking, but if that’s his life then he’s doing the right thing. The saying “he sounds like a rapper” is pretty true when it comes to Tunez. With hard work and the right people in his corner he could earn a spot in today’s hip hop scene. One of the songs that really stood out to me from his Soundcloud page was “Livin2Die”.

I could easily relate to the lines said about his grandfather. Although we love to make music, we could never let the lyrics we write tarnish the image we have in our grandparents eyes. Tunez is a solid artist and he makes his music seem effortless, but at the same time he’s going hard on every track.

Standout tracks from Soundcloud
Livin2Die
CaineLawson
Die4ThePeople
LuckyLucy
90sBaby

Written By C.J.

Bobby Shmurda: Hot Or Flop?

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We’ve seen this hype on numerous occasions in the music industry. Here is a list of names of artists to give you a better grasp of what we’re getting at. Whether it was a Soulja Boy, a Lil B, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, A$AP MOB, Kreayshawn, or a Chief Keef, only some have actually transitioned into a successful mainstream career. As the industry ages, artists must continuously adapt to new methods and sounds. With the new rapid sharing internet age, we’ve seen more internet sensations than ever before. 

 

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to our topic Bobby Shmurda. If you haven’t heard this name or seen the “Hot Nigga” video, you are likely to any day now. Bobby Shmurda unknowingly uploaded the freestyle that would bring him his shot at a possible music career. Bobby chose to rap over the Lloyd Banks track ‘Jackpot’ produced by Jahlil Beats. The combination of his ‘Shmoney Dance’ and song has taken the internet by storm. He is a 20 year old who just recently decided to take a chance on rapping. Raised in the streets of Brooklyn, Shmurda displays a reckless lifestyle. Which some have said had a very similar sound and behavior to the buzzing “Chiraq” drill music style.  (more…)

Dude with No Name – Donkey Kong

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The lead single from Dude with No Name’s upcoming album Other which is due to release 7/25/14, “Donkey Kong” bears his misfortune about the game of relationships and the loose grip it presents.

This is obviously a track everyone can identify with as Dude tells his tale of the motions we all go through, the heartache and the denial.

The beat in this song is produced by A.D.D. Beats.

Recap: Shady Records bring you Total Slaughter

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The stage setup was unlike any battle rap stage we’ve seen. It looked like a small Mtv or VH1 event. 

Sway and DJ KaySlay were hosting on stage. Ebro and Royce Da 5’9 were sitting in the upper level. 

A few celebrity attendees:

UFC fighter, Fabolous, Busta Rhymes, Mistah Fab,

Kid Capri, Star from Star & Bucwild,  Fab 5 Freddy, and Victor Cruz

Crowd atmosphere: You could tell certain fans came for specific battlers, but overall it seemed like a fair crowd. 

Pay per view: Many online buyers were upset due to the totalslaughter.tv site crash. The InDemand outlet could not accommodate the capacity of buyers. They are now giving refunds including a free view of this event. Let’s hope these leagues find solutions to the problems deterring their business. 

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Preview: Shady Records bring you Total Slaughter

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TOTAL SLAUGHTER

Location: Hammerstein Ballroom - 311 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

Date and time: July 12th 2014 8PM EST

Pay per view: http://www.totalslaughter.tv

After the madness caused by the Smack/URLTV Summer Madness 3 event (no pun intended), the battle rap scene has seen major progress. Since then, it has gained the attention of A list celebrities such as Eminem, Jadakiss, Paul George, Tyrese, and Jay-Z just to name a few. The leagues in the forefront of battle rap have done an impressive job on building from that momentum. The most notable event afterwards would be the UW (U DUBB) High Stakes event with their much talked about main battle being Hollow Da Don vs Loaded Lux. 

 

The rising culture of battle rap has not only caught the attention of Eminem and Slaughterhouse, but also has caused them to take part in helping the elevation. Shady Records has teamed up with FUSE and Watchloud to bring you their Total Slaughter event. This event has a short lineup, but has legendary battles to make up for it. When battle rap was overlooked, fans never could’ve fathomed the day an industry artist would step in the ring. Nor could they have imagined the day Eminem would put together an event for the culture. 

 

Total Slaughter will be nothing short of ground breaking, regardless of the performances. Although KOTD and UW have introduced pay per view, Shady Records is taking it to the next level by being the first to give fans the luxury of watching battle rap on live tv pay per view. On demand replay on tv will also be available July 13th. Whether you’re a die hard fan or simply someone who is wondering what all the buzz is about, this is the event to watch. 

 

Now a look into the battlers.. (more…)

Dutch New York to Become 100GrandRoyce

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Aaron Cost, the spokesperson for Dutch New York announced this week via Instagram that he will officially be changing his name to 100GrandRoyce as of 7/1/2014.

Royce explained that the new name would reflect the evolving focus and standards of his music and brand adding, “The name change will make it easier for my fans new and old to get acquainted with me, and my sound, as I reinvent on new projects.”

As “Dutch New York”, Royce dropped numerous mixtapes, and was a part of Dame Grease’s Wave Gang imprint. As he expanded in music, including numerous guest appearances and shows, he is well on his way to becoming a successful independent artist in this musical climate.

There is no indication yet of whether this will be the only change to 100GrandRoyce’s image or just the first of many. Reps are firm in stating that the message and story will stay the same. Fans and artists alike are optimistic about the name change.

“The name change is going to bring about a whole new wave of music and sounds that I haven’t explored… It’s only a small part of my aspirations.”

Guru Treaty – Juice

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The talented music collective, Guru Treaty, delivers the second single off their highly anticipated compilation project Gold Caskets.

This new single delivers verses from Cam Major & Hendrix The Engineer, verse and production from Eric Young, and background vocals by Malcolm Jabriel.

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