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#HipHop101 Mixtape Etiquette for the new artist


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.


  • 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 –



Indie Artist Feature: Meet Rahshon @rahshonis_music


Rahshon is a 29 year old Singer, Songwriter, and Arranger from Richmond, VA. Over the last 3 years Rahshon has been growing as an artist and catching the attention of blogs, fans, and followers. Rahshon has opened for Mario, Marsha Ambrosius, Dej Loaf, John Michael, Jarrard Anthony, John Bibbs, Joe Tann, and Juicy J just to name a few. His latest accomplishment is gracing the cover of DJ Action’s Cokeboys Gangsta Luv Vol. 1 Mixtape right behind Drake as the only unsigned artist on the mixtape. Music is his passion and he won’t rest until all is goals are reached.


“I’ve been seeking a Publicist but haven’t decided on one yet. I just promote my music and the people that believe in me do. MuzikkZone on Twitter shares all my links daily and I’m good friends with a few bloggers that blog about me whenever I ask. BucksnBanks is my clothing sponsor. Born Underdogs Crowned Kings.” 
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Latest single: “You Loved Me” is on Google Play, Amazon, ITunes, Tidal and more.
Latest video: How Ya Feel

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


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.


You can download MOHH part 2 absolutely free via


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


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. 



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


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.



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!



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


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.


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)


-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 

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

Ghetto Government Volume 3, United Hoods of America

GGO USA (Under Seraphim Authority) Volume 1

GGO USA Volume 2 “Martial Law”

GGO USA Volume 3 “Election Day”


JUST RELEASED! #WitnessTheStrength produced by @miverson_


On March 5th I chopped it up with Hell Razah Music, Inc. / GGO producer Miverson in regards to his upcoming debut full production project “Witness the Strength”. If you missed the interview, you can scroll down a few posts and find it. Today after three years of hard work, WTS is now released and available for free download via AudioMack!


This 46-track project features Hell Razah, iNtell (son of Wu-Tang Clan’s U-God), Fes Taylor, Jahmal, Stealf Bombz, Ruthless Bastards, Stumik (of Ice-Water), Mic Check, and of course yours truly Queen the Prophet just to name a few.


Exclusive Interview with @miverson_ #GGO #RI #WitnessTheStrength 3/12/15


Since the release of “Witness the Strength” is only a few days away and it’s been about 2-years since I’ve chopped it up with Hell Razah Music, Inc. /GGO Producer Miverson, I figured we were long over due for a “sit down” (digitally speaking of course).


QTP: Boss, Boss, Boss… It’s been about 2 years since we last sat down to chop it up interview style. How have you been & what’s new in your world?
MAV: Wow, really 2 years already, time flies when your working hard. I’ve been great thank you. Just been really working on this project as well as others for 2015.
QTP: Your project “Witness the Strength” is finally ready for release and will be dropping the 12th of this month. I don’t think most people realize how long a production project can take or all the work that goes into a MXTP or Album release. You want to shed some light on the amount of work you put into this project?

MAV: You ain’t lying. Honestly I thought I can get a few tracks and just release. That was not the case what so ever. I realized that I have a great opportunity here so I wanted to take my time putting it together. It took almost 3 years for WTS to be completed and up to my standards. Now I can finally release it and be satisfied.

QTP: Is this your first full production project that’s featuring multiple artists?

MAV: Not my first fully produced project, but its my first fully produced project featuring multiple artists.

QTP: What other projects have you done in the past year or so that features your production?

MAV: I recently released “TheyDontHearMeTho” which is a project that I fully produced featuring Fes Taylor. I also have a joint project that i fully produced with a Nebraska rapper by the name of Strive and that project is called “FeedMeMo”. You can find all my projects

QTP: What’s the artist line-up look like for WTS? Who can folks expect to hear artist wise and is there a hosting DJ?

MAV: Let’s see I have Razah on the intro and a track ft. Jahmal, you QTP, Automatik,
iNTeLL(Son of U-God), Fes Taylor, Stealf Bombz, Ruthless Bastards, Stumik(of Ice-Water), Mic Check, just to name a few. I also have a few local rappers. Overall I think the line-up is great. I was thinking of having a DJ host it but It didn’t work out that way, so maybe next time.

QTP: Now that the project is release ready, are you happy with the end result?

MAV: Happy is an under statement! I am really excited, ecstatic and nervous.

QTP: Is there any significance in the chosen release date?

MAV: Well I had a few dates to choose from and the date that stood out of course was my Birthday. So as a gift to myself and my fan base I picked March 12th. Can’t get any better then that!

QTP: Where will the project be available for download?

MAV: It will be available on for free download.

QTP: Are there anymore projects that you’re working on? What’s next?

MAV: Yes I have a few projects lined up. I have a project with Automatik Greatness (InfoWarz), the project that you and I are working on (No title yet) and if WTS does well I might have Volumes of it.

QTP: I have to say for me  personally, the chemistry that you and I bring together on tracks is something that I know I don’t experience with every producer. Every track we have released so far has been received well by the listeners, and as an Artist I know there is just such a significant difference in the music when a producer is sending you beats versus the beats a producer makes for you specifically. Our last release “Q.T.P.” I remember I didn’t even like the beat at first until you told me to listen to it again because the beat sounded like it was saying “QTP”. What is it like for you as a producer? I know you have great chemistry with Automatik Greatness, but do you get to experience that every time you work with someone or is each person different?

MAV: Yes you and I have been putting out that FUEGO lol. Chemistry is definitely there. As for other artist chemistry is there as well, I have a hand full of artist that I have an idea what they like so it makes it easier on both parts. Like Fes Taylor, you mentioned Automatik and iNTeLL (Son of U-God) & yourself.

QTP: What is the most challenging part about working with artists?

MAV: I would have to say time. Everybody lives their seprate lives so I can’t always expect someone to drop what their doing to do a track for me. Other then that I think I’m pretty good shape when it comes to collaborations. I am a very patient person so that helps with my music.

QTP: What is the most challenging thing you’ve done as a producer thus far?

MAV: Getting Witness The Strength where it is now. I’ve come a long way Queen, I remember sitting there making music for fun then one day it all turned around in a blink of an eye. Now I’m sitting here waiting for a release on a project that features artists like Razah, Fes, QTP etc. Its truly a blessing.

QTP: If you could work with anyone in the world (living or deceased) who would it be and why?

MAV: Damn, I’m stumped. I would say RZA only because he is the reason I produce. So to have him on a track produced by Miverson would be sick. Of course GZA, Masta Killa, iNS, and a few other cats from my era. Nas, Jay-Z, if Big L was alive him as well. I’m willing to work with anyone though, I don’t discriminate.

QTP: Boss, where can folks find you on your social media handles?

MAV: -Instagram @MiversonMav
-Twitter @Miverson_
-YouTube @Miverson27
-Facebook @Miverson27
-SoundCloud @Miverson

QTP: Is there anything else you want folks to know?

MAV: Just a quick thank you to all the artists that helped me put this together. It wasnt easy but its DONE! Also be on the look out for more Miverson production in the near future. With that being said, Queen I appreciate you taking time out of your busy life to sit and have an interview with me. I also want to thank you for all the support you have giving me throughout the year. You have helped in so many ways. Peace & Wingz Up!



Wu-Tang Clan / Sunz of Man HELL RAZAH @heavenrazah “INFERNO” MXTP drops hosted by @dj_fiyaa


In celebration of his 38th Birthday, Wu-Tang Clan / Sunz of Man affiliate  drops “INFERNO” hosted by DJ FIYAA. Upcoming projects? Be on the look out for Hell Razah Music, Inc./ Ghetto Govt’s next MXTP “USA (Under Seraphim Authority) Volume 3 which will drop Election Day (11/5) alongside the Anonymous Million Mask March and the long awaited digital release of Dr. G’s “The Coalition” album (pre order via which features a healthy batch of new Hell Razah music. Raz will be releasing the “El Raziel” album in December 2014.


“Inferno” can be downloaded FREE via Soundcloud, Dat Piff, and Audio Mack.


If you haven’t already, check out and see the new fall Hell Razah Music, Inc. apparel! Make sure you tag us on Instagram @officialghettogovt wearing your gear & we’ll re-post!




#HipHop101 How much of my own money will I spend on making music?

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I’m so sick of folks out here acting absolutely crazy. I want to explain a very simple principle to you. First ask yourself this,

If you played little league…. Are you now a professional baseball player?

If you drew pictures in Art class….. Are you now a professional artist?

Should everyone that can carve a turkey be a surgeon?

Fam… just because the world has made it easy for you to make music, doesn’t make it your profession. It’s actually VERY disrespectful to those in the game that have suffered and clawed their way through being broke and all kinds of other things you have NO IDEA that await you in the music industry. Making music is a beautiful thing. I think everyone should experience its joy. It is OKAY for it to be a hobby. Too many people aren’t honest with themselves. Honestly Fam, let’s keep it real. There is music links circulated all over the net of some music that’s terrible. It’s not even recorded properly and it just wastes space in cyber space.

I don’t know who has been lying to you, but I’m going to tell you the TRUTH about what kind of money goes into funding your own music career. Incase you didn’t know, you will spend THOUSANDS of dollars on it and possibly NEVER make any back. You will give away music for the first few projects. Those projects will cost you money. Promoting those projects properly (which means you hire someone to promote you) cost money. The more you want it exposed, the more money it costs. If you don’t promote your project, you will not build a fan base. If you don’t have a fan base, who’s going to buy your music? If you buy downloads and followers… what happens when you put a song on iTunes? If you have 100k fake followers and can’t sell 2 Singles for $1… why on earth are you wasting time & money? There are THOUSANDS of other emcees JUST AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER then you. I’m not trying to be mean, this is REALITY. You should know exactly how big the mountain is.

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Tweet strangers (people you don’t even follow) your links directly. They don’t click on it. You’re wasting time.

Tweet your music to famous people hoping they click it and love it. Let me know who get signed that way when you find out.

You are the only person promoting yourself. If you don’t invest in you, why would a label?

If you are still doing illegal things and your MXTP cover is your product, who is going to sign a law suit waiting to happen?

DISRESPECT THE DJ If you don’t know how important the DJ is? You are banned from making anymore music. It shows you researched NOTHING.

Get on social media and DISRESPECT the people that created the music of the game you’re trying to get into. NOBODY invests an artist who is disrespectful, immature, & unprofessional. You know why? THERE’S A MILLION MORE OUT THERE.

Not have help. There are a few (not many) folks in the music industry (myself included) that will not take your for a ride and rob you and actually give you what you pay for. What I’m telling you FOR FREE would cost you THOUSANDS of dollars to HOPEFULLY one day learn it from a Management or Development person.

Get mad when people don’t like your music. If this is you? You are banned from hip-hop. NOBODY likes everything. How dare you ask people to listen and when they tell you the truth, you get mad? You need to pay attention. Why? Because this is your BASELINE OF FEEDBACK. If 100 people listen to your song and anything over 80 say they didn’t like it? You need to seriously re-consider doing music or the kind of music you’re doing or accept that your fan base is going to be smaller then you anticipated.

Waste your money.

Not know what kind of rapper you are.

Hobby Rapper

Freestyle Rapper

Battle Rapper


Feature Rapper

Indie Artist

Label Artist

Let me expound here a little bit… When asked “who is your fan base?” EVERYBODY is not an acceptable answer. Everybody would include kindergarten, middle school, high school, and senior citizens all in the same group.. In the words of Sneak Vandel,  “FALSE”. We’re going to get into this in depth in another article but it’s something you need to think about. I also want to give you a reality check about “getting signed”. In the words of Gryndhousz, “You have a better chance winning the lottery.” and that is 100% true. The days of getting signed to a major record label for a 50k advance and all that are long gone unless you are an artist ALREADY making money and numbers on your own that warrant such a deal. These days labels sign known artists or very young artists, they get a 100 page contract and lose all sense of ownership and identity to themselves as an artist. Make no mistake, anyone raking in the dough on the level you aspire for? Most of what you see come across in costume, dress, sound, etc is entirely dictated by the label that own’s the artist. We’ll visit that in depth in a future post.

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Fam, this information would normally be contained in a development or management session. I am spilling FOR FREE what I use to eat & pay my bills with because in all honesty, I don’t want you stupid. If I know the way, it’s my job to share it. I don’t depend on any of you to buy services here, hit my blog, or buy our music. I depend on God. What most people don’t understand is that giving things away can get you credit at a bank you’ll never owe it back to. #ProphetTweet LOL Okay, back to business. Let’s start with something basic… Your first MixTape.

You want to drop your 1st MXTP

Studio Time: $35-$250 p/h depending upon where you go. You get what you pay for in most cases unless you happen to personally know somebody. If you don’t know the studio ask to hear some of their work!

15 Song MXTP: You should record a minimum of 25 songs to choose from. You should never just throw something together.

25 songs x $40 per hr for each song to record

25 songs x $40 per hr for each song mixed (bare minimum it’s more when it’s done 100% professionally)

If you want your tracks Mastered, it’s going to cost an additional $25 -$100 per song

Features: Well this depends on what kind of splash you’re trying to make on the scene. Let’s say the fan base you’re aiming for is Little Wayne’s fan base because for whatever reason he is your hip-hop hero. You should be aiming for those kind of sound features. Get Wayne out of your mind though unless you have a million dollar budget for this project because a 16-bar verse from him is going to cost you well over 50K. Your feature cost depends on the caliber of the artist. There are some you can get for $500-$1000 but nine times out of ten you have to know somebody that knows them to get that price, so plan on $1000 at least for each feature. If you’re having a well known underground artist feature, they may not charge you for the verse if they like the project but they will definitely charge you for their studio time which would roughly be $100.

Production: On a MXTP if you are using other people’s beats (aka “industry beats” beat from a song on the radio) this won’t cost you anything. If you have a friend or team member that makes them you’re still fine, but if want original music and don’t have anyone around that makes beats? You can tack on anywhere from $100 (for something decent)- 5k per beat depending on what kind you want & the caliber of the producer. So multiply 15 songs x $100 per beat and that’s another $1,500 on the bill.

Artwork: Decent underground artwork $30 -$100

Duplication: If you want hard CD’s, you’re looking at $250 off the rip (CD & Case) depending on how many you want and they are expensive. Sometimes 50 CD’s are $200.

Promotion: Typically, folks who make hard CD’s skip this step and just pass out CD’s which of course only reaches where YOU DO. Artists that are hip to social media should hire people to promote there.

If your MXTP is hosted by a DJ, add $100-$5, 000 depending on the status of the DJ

If you do an indie video, add $300-$500

Also add what you afforded for the song’s promotion again because the video also needs promotion.

Add in promotion costs for however long you plan to promote this project.

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You will do all this for FREE music. This music you are GIVING away. You have to build a fan base. Nobody is going to buy your music unless they know you or they just rock with you like that. Honestly, if you put out a song on iTunes today, how many people do you know for a fact would buy your single for $1? Count them times .70 (iTunes sells your track for $1 but you only make .70 off each single). That’s how much you’d make with no fans. It costs $10 to load it to iTunes so subtract that from that number. It costs roughly $100 to copywrite & publish the track so subtract another $100. Whatever you’re left with is what you’d make right now selling a piece of music with no fan base. Is your number positive or negative? You will more then likely do this kind of project at LEAST 2-3 times before you should even try to sell anything. Fam, if you are not willing to commit to that? You won’t make it. Some of us have lost EVERYTHING over our music. My team? In the words of @kinggeorge427 “We starved together, we’re going to eat together.” Anyone of the greats in hip-hop, went through most if not all of everything I mentioned. If you’re not prepared for battle, don’t try to be a soldier. We’re only hiring warriors in hip-hop for the next 5-10 years. But if you’re ready? Welcome to #OPERATIONREVOLUTION

If you are in need of organizing, help with your project, or are interested in pricing for this kind of service, click the Queen the Prophet BIO at the top of this page and submit the inquiry form. Please allow up to 72-hours for response due to the high amount of inquiries received.

This has been a @queentheprophet public service announcement.



Hell Razah @heavenrazah presents @ghettogovt April Newsletter!




Mid 2015 we would like to release a MXTP series which will include 5 MXTPS total.

There will be a GGO North, GGO South, GGO East, GGO West, & GGO International MXTP featuring artists, producers, & graphic designers from all over the globe. Each GGO affiliate is invited to participate in the project for their region.

–          We need graphic designers to design the cover for their region

–          Producers for the project

–          Artists from each region

(Features from HRMI : The project coordinator(s) should facilitate with HRMI)



GGO SOUTH- ATL General Giovonni Pratt has volunteered! 

GGO EAST- NJ General Sneak Vandel has volunteered! 

GGO WEST- AZ General Daniel has volunteered !

We are still looking for volunteers for GGO North, & GGO International! If you are interested in overseeing the project for your region, please contact 1st Lady.


THE REVISED GGO HANDBOOK IS OUT! If you have not received an updated copy of the GGO House Rules, please see your Chapter Leader.




If you would like to purchase a T-Shirt, please email and put “T-SHIRT” in the subject line. (If we do not have your size left in stock we’ll be getting more shortly! They’re going FAST!) Shirts are $25 (USD) + $5 S&H (Sizes S-XL add $2 for sizes 2XL-4XL) US ONLY.  International shipping rates apply for orders outside the US.  


Volume 2

GGO USA VOLUME 2, MARTIAL LAW will be released Friday, April 18th. The first single “Black Dragon Rose” produced by Miverson was released this past week! (Artwork: Culture Freedom) 


Black Dragon Rose


The slots for volume 2 filled up 3 weeks before the actual deadline. Slots for Volume 3 will open April 21-September 30th. Please remember that from this point on, all GGO collective projects MUST BE RADIO EDIT PROJECTS (Profanity Free). Please do not submit music that is not radio ready, it will not be considered.



If any chapter is without a GGO seal please let me know ASAP. Chapter seals are donated free of charge by the NJ Chapter. Individual seals (with your name on the scroll) for members are $7.00 ea please email if your chapter is in need of a seal or you would like to purchase a customized one.

GGO DIRECTORY: We asked for Chapter Roster info for the past 3 months via newsletter & email. Once the website is launched, the only Chapters & Members that will appear will be those that have submitted their information. We are unable to post chapters, members, & member businesses unless we have this information. 


Starting in June Chapter/ Member reviews will begin and be completed annually. The purpose of this is June is the halfway point of the year. We want to make sure that everyone is doing something and not just running around screaming #GGO and reaping the benefits of the hard work everyone else is doing. Are folks coming to meetings? Do they participate? Have they done anything in the community? What are they doing for the chapter? If someone needs help or encouragement to get involved, June is a good time to tell them because there is still 6 months left in the year. Even if your chapter is not equipped to host an event, get involved with another chapters.  Everyone has lives, jobs, families, their own careers, and we don’t expect anyone to neglect those things but we’re also not going to have folks wearing a GGO badge and that’s all their doing. Chapter Leaders will evaluate their members, Daniel & Sneak will be evaluating Chapter Leaders, and General Reviews will be done by Heaven’s Administration (Scripture, Auto, Razah, & QTP).  

If you are a GGO member and have not had a free blog feature on yet, please email GGO member blog features have already started for 2014! 

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GHETTO GOVT GLOBAL: GGO has been continuously growing and we know that it may be hard to keep up with everything that’s going on in Chapters across the globe as well as with the label Hell Razah Music, Inc. Now you don’t have to miss a thing! Simply email and put NEWS in the subject line. You will automatically be added to the monthly newsletter email blast. If you are a GGO member and have something you would like to put in the newsletter, please submit the information via email by the 25th of each month {Midnight EST}. What kinds of things can I submit for the newsletter?

  • Any business services / specials/ discounts that you have and want known to GGO members
  • Chapter Community Service Projects
  • Fundraisers
  • New social media/web sites
  • Personal music project release dates, music, video, album, MXTP, etc.
  • Upcoming show information
  • Seeking a service/ connection/ referral
We know that everyone is extremely busy with their own projects as well as GGO stuff. There is never an obligation to participate in a project, however if you would like to participate in a group project the submission deadlines are very important. We don’t want folks with hurt feelings because they miss deadlines.
The following projects are coming up and if you would like to participate, please honor the submission deadline. Please make sure the members of your chapter are informed of all deadlines for group GGO projects. 
Museum of Hip-Hop pd by Sneak Vandel (tentatively hosted by DJ Evil Dee) 
Tracks are due June 30, 2014
Submission begins April 21, 2014 and ends September 30, 2014
All tracks must be radio edit. 
Submit all tracks to 
We have asked repeatedly which Dr. G beats folks were using, how many songs they have, etc. The purpose of this is so that we don’t have people using the same beats & we are trying to accurately count the number of tracks on the album.
Unfortunately at this point, if members have not responded then what will end up happening in this case is the folks who have responded will get first priority.
Hell Razah Music, Inc. VOLUME 1 Hosted by DJ RATED R 
Submission deadline: July 30, 2014 
HRMI Artists please submit 3-4 tracks of your choice for this project
“Industry in the streets” posse cut w/ Razah
Due: August 1, 2014          Release: Labor Day
“God’s Hands” posse cut w/ Razah pd by Shroom
Due: October 1, 2014        (this project will be released as a single or on Razah’s album TBD)
Other GGO News: 
USA 2 will be released Good Friday, 4/18 
Vega X (GGO MA) will be heading up the GGO Battle Squad. If you have battle rappers in your Chapter, please make sure they get connected to Vega! 
The GGO Annual Fundraiser will kick off for 2014 soon! This year we will be accepting donations in any denomination for The Brain Aneurysm Foundation and making the donation in Razah’s name. Big thanks to ATL General Giovonni Pratt for all of his help with this! 
Big thanks to Robert Delise (GGO NJ) for kicking off the GGO Global Media Department! Robert has been busy setting up general GGO accounts on every social media site imaginable. If you have new releases that you would like promoted, (EACH GGO MEMBER IS ALLOWED 3 SUBMISSIONS PER MONTH) please email them to 
Culture Freedom (GGO ATL/ GGO FCC) is working on the HRMI/ GGO Website! Many thanks to Culture for his continual contributions! 
Congrats to GGO AZ General Daniel & his wife Marci on their new baby girl who is actually the First baby GG! 
Congrats to DJ Flipcyide on becoming an official Wu-World Radio Dj & thanks to his fiance Queen Katana for all of her promotion help on social media! (GGO, Las Vegas) If you need a MXTP hosted, please contact Flip for pricing. 
Thank you to everyone for all of their hard work! If you have any questions, please respond individually (group email will get way too confusing). Posse Cut tracks are open to ALL GGO members who would like to participate. If you or your chapter need the posse cut beats, please email 


MXTP INQUIRIES: GHETTO GOVT INFO: Official GHETTO GOVT Facebook: Hell Razah Music, Inc. Facebook:


As you know, we have & welcome GGO members from all professional backgrounds. We are expanding some departments at GGO and are currently recruiting volunteers with the following skills (or if you don’t have a certain skill and would like to help, we will be more then happy to train you if applicable):

  • Bloggers
  • Street Team Promoters
  • Web Designers
  • Radio AM/FM/Blog
  • Event Coordinators
  • Social Media Promotion Volunteers

If you are already a GGO member, please email and put “Classified” in the subject line and specify the committee (s) you would like to join.

GGO OPEN ENROLLMENT IS CLOSED UNTIL 2015. At this time, only in-house referrals will be accepted & processed at

Official GGO YouTube: Blog: {click Hell Razah presents Ghetto Govt tab} Soundcloud: Twitter Updates: Follow @heavenrazah @queentheprophet @ghettogovt @hrmiggo @ghettogovtv





PLEASE REMEMBER: Any music released that is official Hell Razah Music, Inc. or GHETTO GOVT will be promoted on our social media handles. If you see a project floating in cyber space including a HRMI artist or GGO member and that project is not made available by the artist themselves or on our official social media handles, it means it’s not an official project


Son of Man Son of Man BACK

Kappo aka “Yung Razah” dropped his solo-debut MXTP 2/25/14 hosted by DJ FILPCYDE (GGO Las Vegas) & Artwork by Culture Freedom (GGO ATL).  Sun of Man is available for FREE download on multiple MXTP websites. …



Automatik Greatness drops “Info Warz” produced by Miverson (GGO RI) …


Mother’s Day, 2014 the 1st Single off the GHETTO GOVT Album “Agenda 21, NU WU Order” (Executive Producer Dr. G “The Book of Rachel” Queen the Prophet ft. Hell Razah will be released.


Dr. G’s latest:

#NEW #MUSIC @Inspectahdeckwu “Until The Day” (Prod By @DrGPRODUCTIONZ ) … on #SoundCloud



We are pleased and excited to announce that Culture Freedom is our official GGO “Federal Communications Commission”. Culture has been designing the GGO MXTP covers, HRMI Album/Single Covers for well over a year. The design department (Graphics, Web, & Clothing) will be headed by Culture Freedom. Any GGO member that would like to be an official part of this department, please speak with your Chapter Leader.


ATL General Giovonni Pratt alongside GGO ATL Member Jermiside ft Lamarr the Starr drop new video U.C.B “Free your mind”






“Planet Resistance” show on Planet X Radio live everyday sunday 4-7pm EST A cross genre solidarity show promoting Hip-hop, Punk Rock, Metal, Reggae, Indie Film & Music and more! @ 

VX: CEO of Planet X Records LLC/Planet X Empire BMI & Guerrilla Alliance co-founder / GGO Boston


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“Go to Siri and ask that trick what July 27th is. The answer is why I’m releasing this project on that date. This is Hell Razah Music baby! This is OUR year! WINGZ UP! Shout out to my brother @optimusic for the graphic. Beat produced by @sneakvandel #hellrazahmusicinc #brooklynzu #ghettogovtofficials#wutangclanforever #sneakvandel“- Sneak Vandel  

The line up for this MXTP already includes; Hell Razah, Judah Priest, Buddah Monk, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Queen the Prophet, Automatik Greatness, Scripture, Killah Priest,  Rustee Juxx, Jurny Big, Peace 586, TMF (Trife Diesel, Tommy Whispers, Kryme Life), George Yung & more to be revealed later! This will be one MXTP true lovers of hip-hop will want to own! 

Need a cover, logo, or flyer?

Contact : Optimus Prime (NJ GGO)
Cell. 609-319-3462
Instagram: OPTIMUSIC

$100 Album cover (front & back) $75 Cover Only 

$50 Logo 

$25 Flyer 

GGO MEMBERS 50% off all prices noted above 


For those of you who don’t know, Rico Deniro appeared this month on Kappo’s MXTP Sun of Man, and released his first official video! Follow @IAmRicoDeniro and watch  -Its You ( Official Video )

Crimson Godz presents Kenyattah Black @kbliggah alongside Wu Block at Variety Playhouse A3C festival 2013




COMING SOON! Judah Priest, “Dark Ages” Album.