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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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New Music by @queentheprophet “Welcome to my Show” produced by @miverson_

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In lieu of it being my birthday, I decided to celebrate the day by releasing a new track that will be a part of the “New Testament Project” I will be releasing in full later this year. For me, this track represents the public step I’m taking on my new journey. “Welcome to my Show”. -QTP 

Track Credits:

Produced by: Miverson

Mixing: Steddie Beat Recordings

Artwork: EJ Collazo

@queentheprophet “Interview with the Vampire” released #Halloween2014 based on a true story….

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Based on a true story…. 

Halloween, 2014 Queen the Prophet (Hell Razah Music, Inc) / GGO (Ghetto Govt Officialz) 1st Lady drops the first single from the upcoming project “League of Evil Exes” (2015)

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“Interview with the Vampire” by @queentheprophet drops 10/31/14

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On 10/31/14 be on the look out for my new single “Interview with the Vampire” from the upcoming “League of Evil Exes” project. This track will be available for free download 10/31/14 digitally.

This track? Well… let’s just say I’m pretty sure it’s not what you’re expecting 🙂 Stay tuned….

A message from the throne (Isaiah 55:1) by @queentheprophet

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I was trying to get some work done and I ended up having  a conversation  with someone who is going through it right now. We started to laugh and swap struggle stories because everybody has them and sometimes? We realize a good deal of us are having it at the same time. After my conversation, I was trying to have a moment alone with God to reflect on the things in my own life I need His hand in and all the sudden He said, “My word shall not return to me void, remind them of that.” Well now here’s where it might get weird for some of you that don’t have a relationship with God. Unfortunately at this stage of the game I no longer have time to impress you, their simply isn’t time. The word I am going to release over all who read this is coming directly from the mouth of The Lord and anyone who knows Him, will attest to what I say because He will confirm it in them.

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There are some of you that have pretended and fooled many, but you have not fooled Him and there are some of you who never even bothered to try. Judgement begins at the house. Every false prophet, every individual that uses the name of the Lord but their hearts are far from Him, and every person who has been responsible for leading anyone astray is due to reap exactly what the Lord see’s fit because His judgments are righteous. Most American’s have stood by and done nothing while they stripped God from this nation. God will not force Himself somewhere He is not welcome. For those of you who have suffered but yet were obedient to the unction of the Lord and have done the things He has spoken to you even when it has cost you everything time and time again,  He wants you to be reminded right now that “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth IT SHALL NOT return to Me VOID. But it SHALL accomplish what I please and it SHALL PROSPER in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11 NKJV) He is coming but before He does, He is going to give life to the words He has spoken over you and your life. The promises that God has spoken to you or over you are going to begin to manifest themselves in such a way that it can never be credited to anyone else’s doing.  This time will be great, but it will be short ” 30Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:30 I encourage you to read the entire chapter). 

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He is coming quickly. Choose this day in whom you serve.  ” 37But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.38For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.44Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

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@queentheprophet solo debut EP #RiseOfThePhoenix released!

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On September 3, 2014 when the iPhone Siri predicted “closing the gates of Hades” , Rise of the Phoenix was released. This EP is available for free download via datpiff.com

http://www.datpiff.com/Queen-the-Prophet-Rise-Of-The-Phoenix-mixtape.644116.html

 

#RiseOfThePhoenix by @queentheprophet (drops 9/3/14) #New #Promo #Video #Music

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Greetings Family!

I am beside myself right now that Rise of the Phoenix will drop in full on this coming Wednesday September 3, 2014 the same day the Siri iPhone predicted the “gates of Hades close”. For a better understanding of how we incorporated the Siri predictions into our (Hell Razah Music, Inc) releases over the course of 2014, most def check out the Rise of the Phoenix promo video below and it explains it all!

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People keep asking why I chose the name “Rise of the Phoenix”, and for those of you who have followed this blog since 2013 you know it was a concept I adapted to myself as an artist back then. It started with the X-Men actually (hence the Jean Gray references in my music). I speak very freely about what I’ve lived through because if I don’t it would kill me and if I do, you run the risk of people calling you nuts but nobody likes everyone anyway so who cares? But the more important part is, if what you say helps one person? It’s worth it. About 15 years ago a huge shift happened in my life personally, up until then I didn’t know the Lord and didn’t even think He existed.  I was actually a practicing witch. Tarot cards, crystal balls, spell casting, astral projection, demons the whole nine yards. You name it? I prolly did it.  Then one day…. the rest is history in the making because I’m still a work in progress. The part that stands out to me most was a very dear friend sat me down one day and said “You are so gifted and talented, you’re going to be awesome… no matter what side you serve.” From that moment on I could no longer live the life I was living and I made a decision in the wee hours of the night to at least TRY Christ because quite honestly, I had nothing left to lose. This in no way, shape or form means I’m perfect, flawless, or that you will see a blinking halo over my head. It does though make me an expert on death and rebirth. Every single person has ways or things about themselves that need to die. When you die to these you can be reborn in these things. Rise of the Phoenix is symbolic of my personal death and rebirth.

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I’d like to say thank you to everyone that has helped work on this project and those that have supported it, especially my GGO family! Rise of the Phoenix will be available for free download via datpiff.com 9/3.

Here is the 2nd single released today; “Mrs. Maccabee Rider (uh-oh)

 

WATCH “Rise of the Phoenix” promo video!

 

 

Battlegrownd Entertainment drops #WizardOfOz by @queentheprophet #Free #download

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DOWNLOAD FREE: Wizard of Oz, by @queentheprophet

Welcome to the imagination of Queentheprophet….. Welcome to Oz

https://soundcloud.com/battlegrowndentertainment/wizard-of-oz-queentheprophet

Specail Thanks : @sbrecordings Mr.President (Steddie Beat Recordings), @kinggeorge427 George Yung (Doberville Kennel Club Music), & Purple Lionesse @queenofthebeast (Battlegrownd Entertainment).

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Wizard of Oz is the first single off Queentheprophet’s solo debut “Rise of the Phoenix (Executive Producer, Brandon Heat/ Battlegrownd Entertainment @iambrandonheat) due Summer, 2013.  Rise of the Phoenix is part of the Battlegrownd Entertainment #OPERATIONREVOLUTION “Hip-hop Apocalypse 2013”. This is also the 1st official “Doberville Kennel Club Music” (Production Supervisor,George Yung) track by QTP.

Queentheprophet takes listeners on a wild ride, delivers a message, and executes it profanity free.

QTP Specail Thanks : @DJYELLO @GRYNDHOUSZ

Wizard of Oz” Credits:

Arranged by: Steddie Beat Recordings @sbrecordings

Assistant Production Supervisor: George Yung (Doberville Kennel Club Music)

Beat: Free by worldhiphopbeats.com

Graphic: Johnny Magnum, Beasthood, Inc. @kingmagma

“Rise of the Phoenix “

Executive Producer,  Brandon Heat

Battlegrownd Entertainment/Grindhouse Entertainment @iambrandonheat

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Various uTube clips were used to provide all samples.

THIS TRACK IS NOT FOR INDIVIDUAL SALE. PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY.

(Album version will be available on Rise of The Phoenix, Summer 2013)

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DOBERMAN GANG (DBG/ 427) Tornado Voice Samples:

Grand Giovanni    @_grandgivoanni

George Yung          @kinggeorge427

Verbal Kent             @kingnattyboog

Big Heights             @donovinheights

The rest of the 427 Fam:

Young Pyro              @pyromaniac7491

Coke Kev                   @ctcokekev

Speci tha Wolf         @specithawolf

Charlie Summers     @thatsummerlife

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Battlegrownd Entertainment Artists/ Staff:

Purple Lionesse        @queenofthebeast            Battlegrownd Entertainment, COO

Q                                   @qjohnsongroup              Battlegrownd Entertainment, Management Consultant

Queen Dyme               @thequeendyme              Battlegrownd Entertainment, Promotions/ Counslting

Johnny Magnum       @kingmagma                    Beasthood, Inc. Graphics/ Web Design

Brandon Heat            @iambrandonheat           Battlegrownd Entertainment, Executive Producer/ Artist

Grand Giovanni         @_grandgiovanni            Artist

PHYSCOROCK           @fuimstoned                   Artist

We Run Uptown        @werunuptown               Promotions

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Graphics by : @ihannibalaka730

April Fool’s Day @queentheprophet releases #WizardOfOz

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Welcome to Oz…. #IAMQUEENTHEPROPHET

“Wizard of Oz” is the first promotional solo-single from Queentheprophet (Battlegrownd Entertainment/ Doberville Kennel Club Music) as well as the first exclusive leak off the Doberman Gang “Loyalty is Everything, Vol. 1” promotional mix tape (December, 2013). “Loyalty is Everything, Vol. 1” is one of many projects being released by Battlegrownd Entertainment #OPERATIONREVOLUTION 2013 “Hip-Hop Apocalypse” campaign. Queentheprophet will be releasing her debut solo project “Rise of the Phoenix” Summer, 2013.

“Wizard of Oz” Credits:

Arranged by: Steddie Beat Recordings @sbrecordings

Assistant Production Supervisor: George Yung (Doberville Kennel Club Music)

Beat: Free by worldhiphopbeats.com

Graphic: Johnny Magnum, Beasthood, Inc. @kingmagma

Various uTube clips were used to provide samples.

THIS TRACK IS NOT FOR INDIVIDUAL SALE. PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY.

FREE via Sound Cloud:

https://soundcloud.com/battlegrowndentertainment/wizard-of-oz-queentheprophet

www.battlegrownd.com

For bookings/features for Battlegrownd Entertainment Artists (Brandon Heat, Grand Giovanni, QueentheProphet, & PHYSCOROCK email: purplelionesse@hotmail.com

This campaign began on January 14, 2013 (One month from the day of the Sandy Hook, CT shooting) with the “7th Trumpet 26 Project” (Read more: 7th Trumpet 26 Project #OPERATIONREVOLUTION LOOKING 4 26 emcees http://wp.me/s2dJOM-129 via queentheprophet.com) other upcoming projects for 2013:

PROMOTIONAL PROJECTS:

PHYSCOROCK         @fuimstoned               “Animal” – First Single “Mudlside” just released 3/13

George Yung              @kinggeorge427         Death of George Yung, April 2013

Verbal Kent                @kingnattyboog         Rare Species, June 2013

Young Pyro                 @pyromaniac7491      Inferno, July 2013

Grand Giovanni          @_GrandGiovanni      InstaGrand, October, 2013

Coke Kev                    @CtCokeKev             2013

Charlie Summers         @thatsummerlife        2013

Big Heights                 @DonovinHeights      2013

Speci the Wolf            @specithawolf            2013

DOBERMAN GANG  “Loyalty is Everything, Volume 1” will feature music from George Yung, Verbal Kent, Grand Giovanni, Queentheprophet, BigHeights, Speci tha Wolf, Young Pyro, Coke Kev, & more.

UPCOMING ALBUM/EPs:

“7th Trumpet 26 Project” 1/14/13-12/14/13 Grand Giovanni, QueentheProphet ft/ various artists through out the 26 versions available via iTunes & Amazon.

@iambrandonheat       Good Man Gone, 2013

@queentheprophet      Rise of the Phoenix, Summer 2013

@_grandgiovanni       2013

National Poetry Month “The Confession” By QTP

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Forgive Me.

I don’t know everything, but I know certain truths. Forgive me.

I know what belongs to me and I’m taking it back. Forgive me.

I won’t let my past shame me. Forgive me.

I won’t let your words have power over me. Forgive me.

I know who I was. Forgive me.

I know who I am. Forgive me.

I have done things that I can’t undo. Forgive me.

I am not perfect. Forgive me.

I am not flawless. Forgive me.

I am righteous. Forgive me.

I am a follower of truth. Forgive me.

I am a seeker of wisdom. Forgive me.

I am a promoter of peace. Forgive me.

I am not willing to be defeated. Forgive me.

I am ready for war. Forgive me.

#IAMQUEENTHEPROPHET

@queentheprophet

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#Battlegrowndent

#OperationRevolution