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#HipHop101 Mixtape Etiquette for the new artist

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted in the HipHop101 section, but what I’m going to talk about is really going to be able to help some people who listen. Although I am an artist, my first love in music has always been the business side as far as marketing, management, and promotion. One of my favorite things to do behind the scenes is organize collaborative Mixtape or Album projects which requires you to work with and organize a lot of different people that do a lot of different things. You have artists, producers, DJ’s, record labels, managers, graphic artists, bloggers, promoters, etc who can all be involved with this kind of project. It can be extremely difficult sometimes when you are dealing with so many different people and personalities but no matter how difficult it can be, I personally find that the finished project always ends up being worth it and whatever or whoever the difficulty was, you learn from it and move forward so that you can make each project better than the next.

With that being said, what I want to address is the Etiquette of Artists. I am very aware that we live in a day and age of social media and we are living in a generation of selfish people. Be that as it may, I am going to explain to you the honorable way to conduct yourself and you can choose to ignore it or pay attention. I am going to tell you the truth about somethings and it might hurt your feelings, but you will be alright if you can get out of your emotions and listen to the logic because this is after all business regardless of what you see portrayed on television or social media.

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  • YOU ARE NOT FAMOUS. Unless you are cashing million dollar checks, have hundreds of thousands of dollars in endorsements, have gold or platinum records, or have been recognized as one of the greats for your well seasoned and decorated music contributions? SIT DOWN. Relax. you don’t deserve to be disrespected, but you better stay humble. If you are unreasonably a jerk, nobody is going to want to work with you and eventually you will end up biting every hand that tried to help you get fed and burn down all the bridges extended to you. Unless you are an outstanding artist, producer, graphic artist, DJ, blogger, promoter, manager, and record label all in one? You will eventually need the help of other people so it’s best to conduct yourself as a professional. In my opinion I don’t understand how people can say they want music to be their full-time job so they don’t have to do anything else but they’ll behave like professionals for their job at the gas station and act like they have no manners or common sense when it comes to conducting themselves as an entrepreneur (which is technically what you are as an independent artist).
  • Value an invitation. There is a lot of work that goes into a collaborative project. Far too many times people undervalue the time and work that’s put in to a collaborative project especially if all they did was submit a song. This is no way means the creative process and recording is under valued, but the point I am trying to make is a collaborative release has many components to it and if you are invited onto a collaborative project (especially one being presented by an artist, group, or label that holds weight under their name or brand) there are a few things you can easily do that show you appreciate the opportunity of exposure and free promotion.  The LEAST you can do is share the project and support it especially if you were invited on. Even if you pay for a slot, what was the point of purchasing your exposure opportunity if you don’t even support it? If you are invited onto a project, turn in your music in a timely manner. Nobody should have to chase you down to give you an opportunity. If you want to be taken serious as an artist? Be professional. Nobody is going to keep calling, texting, inboxing, or emailing you in order to put your music on a project that’s overall cost isn’t coming out of your budget. What all of us as artists need to remember is that there are millions of us. Sometimes it’s not even natural talent that help people move forward in this very competitive business, it’s things like honoring your word, professionalism, and integrity.  For me personally? I will help a less talented artist who is a good person ten times over breaking my neck for someone who is super talented but a headache to work with.
  • Label your tracks properly.  When you are submitting a song, nine times out of ten whoever is collecting the music is slammed with emails. Make sure you do your part to cut down on the instance of error and costly mistakes. Your email should come with the MP3 of the song, Artist name, track name, and producer name. One thing that happens far too often is people do not label their tracks properly and then expect everyone to stop what they’re doing to correct spelling errors, add something or delete something. Once things like promotion is started or track lists have been designed and released it is far too time consuming and costly to make changes and frankly, unless the error was a track by a heavy hitter? Chances are you’re going to have to deal with the error and move on. It’s happened to all of us at one time or another and nobody died because of it.

 

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For those of you who may be very new, there is a difference between a Mixtape and Collaborative Album.  A Mixtape can be done by an individual (normally a collection of their music they are putting out for free in order to generate a buzz before an album comes out, a free project an individual releases in order to start building a fan base, a free collaborative project from a group/label/ DJ that showcases a collection of artists / producers. The key word though is FREE. The only time there is ever a charge for a Mixtape is if hard copies are pressed up then you are paying for the actual hard disk and shipping, not the actual music. Artists can be invited on by a DJ/Group/ Label or slots are sometimes available for a fee. Purchasing a slot would be something you charge to your promotional budget and you should only purchase slots on Mixtapes that target the fan base you want, and or are hosted/produced by a reputable organization/DJ/Label/Group. I say that because I can’t even count the number of times a no-name brand or group has slid in my inbox trying to sell me a Mixtape slot for hundreds of dollars. No thanks. If you are debating on purchasing a slot, google the other Mixtapes they’ve done. Combine all the numbers from all of the sites you see it posted on and decide if the slot fee is worth that investment for the level of exposure you find. ( Side note: Any slot fee over $100-$150 you should look for downloads and plays of ten thousand or more but BE CAREFUL…. some of those “downloads” aren’t organic, meaning they could have been purchased. So the best way to make sure it’s legit is see if the project comes up on multiple sites and check all of the stats before making your decision.

A Collaborative Album is actually for sale. Normally a collab album will have one producer and feature many artists on their beats, or put out by a label/group and showcasing their artists and producers. On this kind of album purchase you can expect all original tracks.

I hope some if not all of this was helpful or enlightening. One more helpful tip until the next time… if you are an artist and consider the music industry your ideal profession? Do some research about the “business” you say you’re in. There’s a lot of “artists” that don’t even own the name they’re making beats or recording songs with, and there’s a lot of producers selling beats they don’t technically own although they made them.

That’s all for now! Be blessed –

Q

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Risen: The Story of Chron @heavenrazah Smith Official Movie Trailer


Wu-Tang Affiliate @heavenrazah launches new label @heavenrazahmusi 


*** Heaven Razah Music, Inc PSA***
Heaven Razah Music, Inc. Is a premier record label founded by legendary Wu-Tang Clan/ Sunz of Man member Chron “Hell Razah” Smith who formally adopted the alternate name Heaven Razah in 2009. 
In 2004, Chron’s record label Hell Razah Music, Inc was established and by 2013 his label and G.H.E.T.T.O. G.O.V.T (Go Hear Emmanuel Teach the Others God’s Only Victorious Truth) movement established chapters, community service projects, & music all over the globe. 
In 2017, Heaven Razah Music, Inc. was established in order to provide a Christ centered outlet for spiritually conscious musicians also referred to as “Street Prophets”. It is the vision of Heaven Razah Music, Inc. to shed the light of the Lord in darkest corners of the world through hip-hop music. (John 3:17) 

Chairman/Founder : 

Chron “Heaven Razah” Smith

Heaven Razah Music, Inc. President: 

Rachel “Queen the Prophet” Lombardozzi 

Twitter: @queentheprophet 

Heaven Razah Music, Inc. Vice President:

Aaron “Messenger/ Sneak Vandel” Warner

Twitter: @raiderzemcee 

Contact Information: 

ARTIST & BEAT SUBMISSION: 

heavenrazahmusicinc@gmail.com 

-Artists: Please send formal EPK or music links as well as social media handles. Mp3 files will not be considered. 

-Producers: Please write “beats” in the subject line 

A letter from our readers

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Greetings Daughter Of Zion & your anointed team.  I’m a 23 year old son from KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. Before I say anything, I just need to tell you guys how much I love you. Thank you for always striving for the Truth to prevail & God’s Purpose to be fulfilled. You put your lives into it. Back to the Advisory session, I’m a young aspiring MC & Producer. I go by the name Black Angel. I need to be in close contact with the ins and outs of the industry. I’m dedicated to living and fulfilling God’s Purpose in my life. Can I testify? There’s been a lot of instances in my life where the devil tried to take my life away, but failed because of God’s protection in my life. I pray you read this message & find it in your heart to help me achieve the Dream. My upbringing was really hard here in South Africa, but I know God has tons of things he kept me here to do. This may be asking for a bit much, but I would really really love to meet Queen The Prophet, Hell Razah (El Raziel) & the whole Ghetto Government Officialz Movement. Now when that happens, you guys will be planting a seed in my brain, which I will cultivate and nurture to grow and eliminate all the evil. I need all the knowledge and wisdom you guys possess. I’m so passionate about this, but at the same time I’m a bit afraid that some of the things you guys will reveal to me may scare me. Having said that, I truly believe that you have to be brave and find that inner strength in your Soul to discover what is really what on this Earth. Thank you so much for taking your time to digest my words. Please tell El Raziel that I love him and everybody. You guys is the Truth- S. Ngcobo, South Africa 

Thank you so much for your kind words. It is always a humbling moment when someone let’s you know that what God has enabled you to do has touched the life of someone else. Your testimony is encouraging and you will be in my prayers that God continues to move in your life and bless your walk with Christ. Stay in His word because those are the seeds that will keep you firmly rooted. 

Wish you much success on your music path and if you check this blog regularly, the “Hip-Hop 101” tab offers a lot of free information and resources for independent musicians. If any shows from the GGO family are coming up in South Africa in the future, I’ll be sure to let you know. 
-QTP

Artist Feature: “Afro” @afro_allflows

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Meet 18 year-old Afro (All Flows Reach Out). Afro has been referred to as “the future of hip-hop”, and if you haven’t heard him rhyme? I’m sure after you do, you’d be inclined to agree with that statement. Mentored by hip-hop veteran RA the Rugged Man, R.A. became aware of the young emcee when A-F-R-O entered a freestyle contest on YouTube hosted by R.A. “This kid won the contest before it was even ended.”-RA (http://uproxx.com/music/2015/09/afro-ra-the-rugged-man-uncharted)

I had the pleasure of meeting both of them back in October of this year, while filming scenes from Hell Razah’s upcoming documentary “Risen, the story of Chron Hell Razah Smith”(directed by Frank Meyer). Although it’s probably not a secret to Afro that he is extremely talented,  he is one of the most humble young men I’ve ever met and that just makes me even more excited to share his music with you. I’d also like to go on record for being the first person to refer to him as a “Supernova”. I haven’t seen that in print yet, so I’m saying it and printing it.

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Over this past week, the official music video “Code #829” was released (11/18/15) and can be found on his new mix tape “Tales from the Basement”. “This is just a mixtape joint A-F-R-O recorded at his mothers house. Just having fun murdering flows and spitting lyrical codes for fans to decipher.. this is super ill but wait till you hear the official music and what we got in store for you all.”-RA 


California-bred lyrical titan A-F-R-O aka All Flows Reach Out debuts his first official music video, “Code #829”. Taken from A-F-R-O’s new mixtape “Tales From The Basement”, the track finds R.A. The Rugged Man’s protege going in over some vintage RZA production.

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You can Stream + Download “Tales From The Basement” absolutely free here: http://allflowsreachout.com/basement/

If you happen to be in Europe this month, you can catch him on his 2015 European tour with RA & Mr. Green.

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Booking A-F-R-O, or R.A. the Rugged Man contact: Howopbookings@gmail.com

#Free #Community Events for October 31st in #CT and #AZ

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Wanted to let everyone know about these free community events coming up for this Saturday, October 31!

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If you are going to be in the Connecticut area, CCBOC (Christian Community Body of Christ) invites your family to participate in Harvest Festival! This is not a Halloween themed event, but will offer biblical games, food, candy, and fun for your entire family in a safe environment. If you’re going to be in the Bridgeport, CT area you won’t want to miss it!

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If you are going to be in the Arizona area, the GGO AZ Chapter will be hosting a free traditional hip-hop style event at Kennedy Park! There will be food, graffiti, B-Boy, music, and skating! This is an out-door family friendly event!

Hell Razah @realhellrazah presents #GGO Family Tree (updated 4/25/17) 

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Hell Razah Music, Inc.
President: Chron “Hell Razah” Smith
Vice President: Scripture

Hell Razah Music, Inc. Artist Roster: (GGO Ghetto Govt Officialz)
Hell Razah @heavenrazah
Yung Razah @yung_razah
Automatik Greatness @automatik7
Scripture @scriptureggo

The Book of Daniel/ Chief GGO Tribal Nation @_bookofdaniel

Kenyattah Black @blackkenyattah

Rico Deniro @iamricodeniro
Ace Jimenez @chosenkingz

Hell Razah Music, Inc. In-House Production:
Dr. G (UK) @drgproductionz drgbeats.com (Executive Officer)
Alien Religion Productions (GGO CT)
St. Peter (GGO CANADA)
Sneak Vandel (GGO/ZUBulliez) @sneakvandel
Miverson Beats (GGO RI)
Hell Razah Music, Inc. Official DJ’s

Admiral DJ Yello (Wu-Tang DJ Collation)

DJ FLIPCYIDE (Wu-Tang DJ Collation)

DJ Fiyaa

DJ Kenni Starr

Hell Razah Music, Inc. Graphic & Design Team
Culture Freedom culturefreedom_artwork@yahoo.com (Executive Officer)

Jason Warner

Alex Schnaible (Follow Me Design)

Hell Razah Music, Inc. Film Production:
Frank Meyer

Jason Valdez

Michael Moote

Hell Razah Music, Inc. Video Production: 

Nick Ruiz
Hell Razah Music, Inc. Official Apparel
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Hell Razah Music, Inc. Toy Maker
Dunny Master @J36WU

Hell Razah Music, Inc. Models:

Sarah Jill
Hell Razah Official Website:
hellrazahdigital.com

Webmaster: Fix

Hell Razah Music, Inc. Public Relations: 

Isabelle Sibiril

Hell Razah Music, Inc. Community Media:

Taylor Bee (Bee TV)

Heaven Razah Music, Inc. 
President:

Rachel “Queen the Prophet” Lombardozzi

Chairman:

Chron “Heaven Razah” Smith

Heaven Razah Music, Inc Artist Roster:

Queen the Prophet

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G.H.E.T.T.O. G.O.V.T. Movement
(Go Hear Emmanuel Teach the Others God’s Only Victorious Truth)
GGO (Ghetto Govt Officialz) 
President/ Founder: Hell Razah aka Heaven Razah 

Heaven’s Administration: 

President: Hell Razah

Queen the Prophet

Attorney General: Scripture

Tribal Nation Chief: The Book of Daniel

Presidential Cabinet: (GGO Advisory Board)

 President: Hell Razah

Attorney General: Scripture

Queen the Prophet

Secretary of Defense: Automatik Greatness

The Book of Daniel/ Chief GGO Tribal Nation

Secret Service: Judah Priest

Weapons Specialist: The Messenger

Dr. G

Admiral DJ Yello (GGO Guantanamo Bay)

FBI: Kenyattah Black

Speaker of the House: Ace Jimenez

GGO Congress: 
Attorney General: Scripture
Secretary of Defense: Automatik Greatness
Secret Service: Judah Priest @iamjudahpriest
The Book of Daniel/ GGO Tribal Nation Chief
Weapons Specialist: The Messenger
GGO House of Representatives:

Chief of Staff- Kappo aka “Yung Razah”/ Heaven’s Sun

St. Nic (GGO Haiti / Black Wasps)
Admiral DJ Yello @djyello
Kenyattah Black (GGO FBI) @kbliggah

Alien Religion Productions

Miverson (GGO RI/HRMI)
Sincere (GGO Pentagon) @sincerekerr
Culture Freedom (GGO Federal Communications Commission)

Queen Dyme (TEAM QUEEN) @thequeendyme

Taylor Bee Made (TEAM QUEEN)

Vega X (GGO Battle Squad/Special Forces ) @vxplanetxpxr

Giovonni Pratt (GGO, ATL)

DARPA (Digital Audio Revolution Promo Agents)

The Queen Dyme

Taylor Bee

Isa Nahila S-Bigini

Robert Delise

NSA (National Security Agents) –Member identities- CLASSIFIED

Honorary GGO’s: (Combination of supporters, beginning founders, Razah’s original team. The following list is incomplete and more names will be available shortly)
Tray Bag    Killah Priest    Timbo King    Shroom    DJ Rated R  Prodigal Sunn  60 Second Assassin
Daddy Rose    Marloyn    7th Ambassador    St. Peter   RA the Rugged Man     Shroom

Tragedy Khadafi    Su-Preme       Dayta       Ayatollah  William Cooper Buddha Monk

GGO Chapters in Good Standing: (Have submitted roster, passed 2018 annual review. 

GGO U.S. CHAPTERS:

Arizona

Head of State: Ace Jimenez 

The Book of Daniel 

Jay 

Matt

California

Head of State: Vega X (GGO Special Forces)

Cheryl Love

Mac the Rebel

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Connecticut

Head of State: Scripture

Alien Religion (formerly Ark of the Covenant) Productions

DJ Edit (Hairforce)

George Yung 

Delaware

Head of State: The Messenger 

DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia)

Head of State: Sincere (GGO Pentagon)

La-Sin

7 Wounds

Florida

Head of State: The Queen Dyme 

LexZyne Productions 



Georgia

Head of State: Giovonni Pratt

Culture Freedom

Jermiside

Synista

Las Vegas

Head of State: DJ Flipcyide

Massachusetts

Head of State: Automatik

Missouri

Head of State: End Time Scribe

New Jersey

Head of State: Karnage 

Optimus Prime

Nick Ruiz

Robert Delise

Dezert 3agle

Dj Swab 

Naypalm Beatz

Mike Dallas 
New York

Head of  State: Kenyattah Black  

Yung Razah

Rico Deniro

Kenyattah Black

DJ Fiyaa (GGO Fire Marshall)

Dunny Master

DJ 360 

Ohio 

Head of State: Brandon Heat 

Pennsylvania

Head of State: Judah Priest

Supreem Rezareckta (144,000 Chosen Few)

Smuve Mass Beats (144,000 Chosen Few)

Rhode Island

Head of State: Automatik Greatness

Miverson

Texas

Head of State: Admiral DJ Yello

 

GGO INTERNATIONAL CHAPTERS:

Canada

Head of State: Lord Fury

St. Peter

DJ Rated R

DJ Merciless (Moon Crickets)

Indikah (Moon Crickets)

ROL (Moon Crickets)

Rock Reign (Moon Crickets)

G Knight (Moon Crickets)

Kid Kold (Moon Crickets)

Dre Specz (Moon Crickets)

France 

Dj Kenni Star

Aneeway Jones

Germany

Alex Schnaible

Haiti

Head of State: St. Nic

Black Wasps

Ireland

Head of State: Tanya Denise

Netherlands/ Amsterdam 

Head of State: Shroom

Netherlands/ Holland 

Head of State: Isa Nahila S-Bigni 

Head of State: Captain Hal [aka Fix Meister] (Webmaster) 

Grant Body P 

PC the producer 

United Kingdom

Head of State: Dr. G

Slim

Ghost One

Dark A

Cuban Pete 

 

@sneakvandel releases “Museum of #HipHop” vol 2 hosted by @djflipcyide

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A little over a year later, Sneak Vandel (Hell Razah Music, Inc. producer, GGO New Jersey Chapter Leader and Zu Bulliez affiliate) drops his sophomore full production project “Museum of Hip-Hop 2” also hosted by the one and only, DJ Flipcyide (GGO/ Wu-Tang DJs). Inspired by classic hip-hop samples, MOHH2 is another piece of production artwork from the Sneak Vandel collection.

Lord Fury (Moon Crickets/ GGO Canada) delivers the MOHH 2 intro in the same traditional raw truth “because Lord Fury said-so” manner and honestly it’s worth the entire download for that reason alone. Museum new comer Keylaze delivers a classic hip-hop sermon (which happens to be one of my personal fav tracks). This version features dynamic original tracks, some classic remixes with the final track as a tribute to hip-hop great, Sean Price. Some of the artists you’ll hear from on MOHH2 are ; Hell Razah, Lord Fury, Killah Priest, AZ, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Papoose, Tragedy Khadafi, Karnage Cashman, Dezert 3agle, EPMD, Keith Murray, and TMF.

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You can download MOHH part 2 absolutely free via datpiff.com

http://www.datpiff.com/Sneak-Vandel-Musem-Of-Hip-Hop-2-Hosted-By-Dj-Flipcyide-mixtape.737189.html

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Just in case you missed the first classic MOHH, you can still download it free!

http://www.datpiff.com/Killah-Priest-Sneak-Vandel-Presents-Museum-Of-Hip-Hop-Hosted-By-mixtape.633424.html

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Please visit the “Go Fund Me” page for the MOHH 3 campaign! Both MOHH 1 & 2 were funded by Sneak himself and both projects were given to hip-hop lovers free of charge! If you loved the music, donations in any amount are being accepted for the production costs of MOHH 3 and every dollar will be used towards professionally mixing & mastering as well as bringing you more classic features to enjoy, absolutely free. 

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https://www.gofundme.com/mohh3

#HipHop101 #Music #Promo, Do your homework BEFORE spending!

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Greetings folks… For my readers that are also Twitter followers, my infamous random Twitter rants are no surprise especially as it relates to the independent artist. There is nothing I can’t stand more then a liar and a thief. I have found throughout my time in the music industry that most people are in this business to get money and a good number of them will do it by any means necessary, even if it means misleading people (such as yourself) that don’t really have a whole lot of money, don’t know any better, are just starting out, and aren’t the kind of people that have money to lose. Most people (from my experiences) can’t afford to be full-time in music. They have jobs, families, and bills so every dime they invest in their self needs to be a good investment. I give away a lot of information for free (quite honestly you would have to hire a Manager or Publicist to give you and sometimes even then you could be learning a very expensive lesson) because I don’t want to see anyone get robbed. I remember what it was like when I first started out. Music is expensive. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, when you’re involved with music (no matter what role you’re in) it’s expensive and for someone just starting out, you will spend thousands of your own money and realistically quite possibly not make a dime back. Even if you one day get signed to a major label, this will come after you’ve spent a significant amount of your own money and even then when the label is picking up the tab for your expenses, they take it back off the top with interest. However if you do it for the love and not the money? You’ll never be disappointed. With that being said, today I want to address the area of promotion especially purchasing online promotion for social media, radio spins, mix tape slots, and showcase performances.

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Realistic Expectations: 

You have got to keep an open mind and have realistic expectations. You can’t “make” people like your music. The only thing you have control over is giving it your all, having it professionally recorded, mixed, mastered, quality artwork and the rest? Is going to fall where it may. When you are purchasing promotion services, you are hiring someone to do a specific task. The best you can hope for when investing your money, is that the person you employ delivers the work you hired them to do. You can’t hire anyone to give you plays, downloads, or purchases. If you’re looking for organic (natural, not purchased “plays” or “hits”) numbers the best you can do is make sure the person you hire is doing what you paid them to do and that you are hiring the right person.

Budget: 

You have to have a budget for promotion. Period. Once you have established that you are taking your music seriously and have dotted all of your I’s and crossed your T’s (check the Hip Hop 101 tab on this blog for other articles that lead up to the point where you’re actually employing promoters) you need to set aside money that is specifically for putting your music out there. I don’t care if it’s $20 a week, you need to have a budget. You also need to understand that the more money you spend on good promotion, the better your results are going to be.

Publicist: 

Ideally, you’d be able to hire a Publicist. This costs thousands of continual dollars and is a regular expense or staff person to an artist that has a fan base, buzz, and music income that warrants hiring a Publicist. You can hire one for a campaign (i.e. to release a debut album or mix tape) however, this is still going to cost you thousands of dollars. Just to give you an idea, some years back for a gospel artist, I hired a reputable publicist in the gospel music community for a Myspace/ Email blast and that one service alone for 30-days was $750.00 USD. The artist this was done for was an established independent artist with an existing fan base in the gospel community and in his case the investment was well worth it because he sold a few thousand albums during the first month alone. If you are not an “established” artist / producer as of yet, spending that kind of money on a person with no credentials or existing fan base would more then likely be a huge waste of money unless of course you just hit the lotto and had the extra money to burn.

“Showcase Performances” : 

DO NOT EVER pay anyone to perform. Ever. “Artist Showcases” are a hustle. You’re paying to perform in front of other people who paid to be there. The “A & R” from so and so records that’s also allegedly in the audience? Big, huge, fat joke most of the time. If you want to know who an actual A&R is for a certain label? Look it up. It’s public information. Don’t just believe something because someone told you, CHECK. There are companies that make ALL of their money taking yours. They book venues with club owners they have existing relationships with, you pay your own expenses to get to the show, you pay for your performance time, they give you a flyer with their logo on it that says you’re performing so you can post it on Facebook and feel like a rock star, and they split your money. Open Mic nights are usually free (with the exception of a door cover charge or a small entry fee) and if you make great music and can present yourself in a professional way, most small local clubs or bars will let you host your own show there during the week for a reasonable fee. You can also find out if there are local events already going on in your community and you can inquire about performing. This works the same way with a “prize” at the end. I know several artists from different states that all found themselves “winners” and no cash prize, radio interview, or record deal ever manifested after “winning”.

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Mix Tape Slots: 

Purchasing Mix Tape Slots is a great way to get your music out into other people’s fan base. You want to make sure that the slot you’re purchasing is actually geared toward the fan base you’re trying to target. Placing your hip-hop track on a jazz mix tape would be pointless. Any mix tape opportunity that offers free slots is something you should jump on because it can’t hurt and it doesn’t cost anything, but these don’t roll around too often.

How much can a slot cost? In all honesty a slot can cost anywhere from $25- thousands depending on the DJ or who’s mix tape it is. The higher it is in the ranks of fan base, reputable brand, and DJ the more it’s going to cost. In my experiences, you can get on a decent mix tape for $50-$150 and the good and great ones are going to cost you $500 & up. You want to ALWAYS do your research. I know too many people that have been robbed out of $10, $15, $25 for “mix tape slots”. You have got to cross check who you are doing business with! Who are these people? Who is the DJ? When you google them, what comes up? Do they have an actual website or were they trying to hustle you a slot in a direct message on Twitter? What other mix tapes do they have out? What are the numbers? Can you find previous projects on more then one site? Who’s on the mix tape? If they’re telling you Hell Razah (Wu-Tang Clan/ Sunz of Man) is on it, check his time lines, is he promoting it? This is a lot of work folks, but if you don’t have money to lose, you better do your homework.

Radio Spins: 

To launch a radio campaign on major radio stations costs approximately $100,000.00 for six months, possibly more. That’s how much it was last time I checked almost four years ago. This is why the artists you see on television and hear on the radio are people with millions of sponsorship dollars behind them (and why you constantly hear that real hip-hop is not on the radio). Your local radio stations may do certain segments in order to let local people compete in contests or be played on the radio but it’s not consistently unless someone is getting paid a large sum of money. Most college radio stations will play your music for free if it’s good or they have a radio show that supports your genre. The only way to find this out is to start supporting your local college radio stations and listen to their shows and figure out who you’d need to submit music to, the web site, and if there’s possibly any upcoming events that you could participate in. Most college stations though are going to tell you that your music has to be “radio edit” meaning profanity and illegal drug reference free (check with them about guidelines). You can also buy “blog talk radio” spins and don’t sleep on blog radio because it’s on the come up and some shows have huge followings. If you check my bio information on the front page, there’s a link to when I appeared on the Nikki Rich Show awhile back. If you aren’t familiar, Nikki has made quite a large following with blog talk radio, has always offered promotional services at a reasonable price, and has moved on to bigger things (check out her Instagram @ msnikkirich and side bar, this is exactly what I was referring to about doing your research on people before hiring them to do something). Check out the show though, find out how many listeners they have, if they feature someone is that person also sharing they were featured there? All of this validates the source and although of course nothing is guaranteed, you can cut down on the instance that you may get robbed simply by doing a little research.

Social Media Promotions: 

This isn’t rocket science folks, as I have mentioned above you have got to do your homework on people. I can’t tell you how may “Twitter promoters” I’ve seen that claim celebrities use their promotion services yet there is absolutely no evidence anywhere on the internet that they do. I’m going to use Hell Razah as an example again because it’s not a secret I’m affiliated with his movement and work for his label. If Razah has a new song and I promote the new song, Razah shares the promotion I’ve done so that his fans know that the promotion I am sending out is real. This is public information and can be cross checked on both of our social media accounts. When people “appear” to have millions of followers, etc. you have to check their time lines. People can purchase followers, re-tweets, plays, etc. You have to be very careful because there are individuals that sell these purchased services and loop people into their time lines only to hood wink them with a few robot followers and they’re basically taking your money to share your music with fake follows. Look at when people’s accounts were established, how old is it? How long have they been selling promotion? I sell promotion, occasionally. I say occasionally because I won’t send just anything through my time line for a few bucks. I value my fans and supporters and they click my links because I don’t give them garbage. I know in this respect not everybody agrees with me but they can keep their $100. I am a person that poured a lot into my brand and name and a few hundred dollars to me isn’t worth discrediting myself. There are good reputable people out there that sell real social media promotion, but you have got to do your research. Face Book and Twitter now both offer “boosting” for posts. I haven’t found it to be hugely effective, but it’s reasonably priced and at least you’re purchasing the service or boost from the site directly.

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Manners:

Lastly, I want to mention manners. If someone takes the time to blog you, or share your music? Don’t forget to also promote the article or at least return the music sharing with a thank you or a shout-out. I can’t stress enough how important it is to respect people. You don’t have to be the best emcee, producer, or DJ in the world but in the digital age where everyone can just reach out and touch anyone on social media, the only fool-proof way to gain a following and real supporters is to be respectful and remain humble. Too many times people forget (mainly because of the trash they’re brainwashed with on the radio) that manners, honor, integrity, and respect will get you places money can’t buy.

If you found something in this article helpful for you or someone else, don’t forget to share it! Best wishes in all your endeavors!

QTP

Cast your #vote for the next Hell Razah @heavenrazah #GGO MXTP!

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As you may have seen, the promotion for the Ghetto Government Album has started recently. Although no exact date for album release has been made public as of yet, it is in fact coming soon. 2012-2014 Hell Razah Music, Inc. has probably pushed out more free music for the public then any other camp between individual and collaborative project efforts. 2014-2015 individual projects and albums were released. With that being said, now that we are leading up to the actual #GGO Album, we have decided that the next series leading up to the album release will be dictated by the fans/ supporters.

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The first round of voting will be choosing your top 20 tracks from all of the collaborative mix tape releases, the second round of voting will be your top 20 tracks of individual release projects, and the third round of voting will be your top 20 tracks from all of Razah’s individual releases. This series is a “Best of Ghetto Government” and although there is a small handful of folks that are no longer active members, if their track was a part of the collection you may absolutely still vote for that track. Good music is good music and the collection is going to be compiled of the top fan choice tracks. Votes for the first round will be accepted from now – Wednesday, September 30th at midnight.

Hell Razah presents: “Agenda 21, GGO World Order” Coming Soon! 

Wu-Tang Clan/ Sunz of Man affiliate Hell Razah (founder of Hell Razah Music, Inc.) presents the Ghetto Govt movement & GGO (Ghetto Govt Officialz). The anticipated GGO album “Agenda 21, GGO World Order” produced in full by Dr. G (GGO UK) promo teaser directed by HRMI Graphic Designer Ron Degiar (GGO Switzerland) hellrazahdigital.com

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS: 

-List your top 20 tracks (include artist & song title) from the mix tapes listed below. (Remember, individual releases and Razah’s releases will be for separate mix tapes and we will call for votes at that time)

-Email your picks to ggomxtps@gmail.com 

DEADLINE: September 30, 2015 

Make your selections from these projects (any votes received from a project not listed below will not count) 

Ghetto Government Volume 2, United Hoods of America    

http://www.datpiff.com/Hell-Razah-and-Ghetto-Government-Hell-Razah-Present-Ghetto-Government-mixtape.484777.html

Ghetto Government Volume 3, United Hoods of America    

http://www.datpiff.com/Ghetto-Government-Hell-Razah-Presents-Ghetto-Government-Vo3-mixtape.506388.html

GGO USA (Under Seraphim Authority) Volume 1   

http://www.datpiff.com/Hell-Razah-Hell-Razah-Presents-Ghetto-Govt-Usa-Under-Seraphim-mixtape.547657.html

GGO USA Volume 2 “Martial Law”    

http://www.datpiff.com/Hell-Razah-Hell-Razah-presents-Under-Seraphim-Authority-Vol-mixtape.602701.html

GGO USA Volume 3 “Election Day”    

http://www.datpiff.com/Hell-Razah-Under-Seraphim-Authority-Vol-3-mixtape.663343.html