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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 –

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#HipHop101 How NOT to promote music on social media

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Social media forums have both helped and made a total disaster in the independent music community. The internet is a wonderful tool for the independent artist to be able to put their music in the hands of folks in other states & counties absolutely free.  It allows music lovers to discover music that they otherwise would know nothing about. In that respect? It’s a beautiful thing. However, as of late it’ become a very bitter sweet thing for most underground music lovers. Do you remember being in elementary school and one kid acts up and the whole class gets in trouble? That’s what it feels like on most social media forums these days when it comes to music. Unfortunately, there is an overabundance of individuals annoying the hell out of a lot of independent music professionals as well as potential listeners who are the regular social media users.

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ARE YOU ANNOYING?  Answer these questions: 

Are you a person who is auto messaging every person that accepts a friend request or gives you a follow back with your music?

Do you send your music directly to people via tweet or message that follow you but you have never spoken to?

Do you send your music directly to people via tweet or message that you don’t follow or have on your friends list?

Have you ever added your music to a tweet or other media message between other people who don’t know you?

Have you ever posted the link to your music in a comment or on a post that had absolutely nothing to do with music (i.e. commenting your music link on someone’s Instagram picture) ?

If you have answered YES to ANY OF THESE, you are annoying. What you are doing is not only annoying, but 99% of the people who are falling victim to your unwanted spam not only don’t click your links and more then likely never will, but you may very well find your account suspended if too many people report you as spam.

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If something was easy, everyone would do it. Just because you have access to free tools on the internet, doesn’t mean promotion is easy. Promotion is an actual skill that some people make a very decent living doing. What you are doing in the above mentioned behavior is not called promotion, it’s called spam. Real promotion costs money. It is ALWAYS more valid that another source is saying check you out then just you spamming strangers to death saying you’re the greatest alive. Can you do some yourself? Of course you can, but there are ways to do it. In the digital music world (especially on social media), it’s important for people to like you in order for them to support you. Building relationships with your following is just as important as the actual music itself. Someone who chats with you regularly may very well be inclined to check out your music. If you don’t feel that you have the kind of time to invest in your fan base because you should have been famous yesterday? Then you better put a whole bunch of money where your mouth is and hire yourself a publicist.

Feel free to share this post as needed, especially when receiving unwanted music links.  For more do-it-yourself independent music tips, check out the Hip-Hop 101 section on this blog (which is now also available via our good friends at the International Underground Rap & Hip-Hop Connexion at promote.hiphop).

 

 

 

 

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

New version of the #Bible replaces #God with @kanyewest

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http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=11359824

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/04/05/let-us-prey-new-version-of-the-bible-replaces-god-with-kanye/

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I would say that I’m lost for words, but we were told these things would happen. May God have mercy upon his soul. For the pride of life comes before the fall of man. (Proverbs)

Revelation 22:18-20 King James Version (KJV)
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

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ENTER: to go inside, go within

TAIN: to possess or hold,

MENT: mental; the state or condition caused by an action; a concrete result

In its deepest and purest definition, “entertainment” means the concrete result of allowing something to enter into your mind and take possession of you.

Let that meaning really soak in for a moment.- Mack Major (Author of “DIVA, GODDESS, QUEEN: BREAKING THE POWERADE OF SOUL TIES, LUST AND SEXUAL DEMONS” www.edendecoded.com/books/diva-goddess-queen)

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

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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 thecoalitionalbum.com) which features a healthy batch of new Hell Razah music. Raz will be releasing the “El Raziel” album in December 2014.

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

 

If you haven’t already, check out iapparelstore.com 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!

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OSKRADIO.COM ROUND 1 BATTLE LINE UP POSTED! @oskradio1

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OSKRADIO.COM

BATTLE LINE UP

www.battlegrownd.com

 

Peace & Blessings Battle Rappers. For those of you who don’t know me, I am @queentheprophet CEO/ Artist/HipHopMobWife @battlegrowndent. Check my resume.  I shall be your hostess for the battling of the barz. You will always see detailed instructions as well as a few jewels dropped in-between if you’re wise enough to pay attention. I want you to be successful. If you fall, get back up. Hip-hop is about heart. The foundation of our music is symbolic from people coming from nothing and making it. We the people used to elect our lyrical champions. Then the industry saw that too many poor people got rich and bought hip-hop. But if you’ve been paying attention…. #OPERATIONREVOLUTION is changing that with the help of too many to name, including OSKRADIO.  The first step to taking hip-hop back into the hands of the people is done in arenas just like this. Welcome to the revolution…. Underground STAND UP #LOYALTYISEVERYTHING

 

Your battle verse of 16 bars is due FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013 by 11:59p.m.EST

(EVERYONE’S VERSE IS DUE ON THE 8th)

Email in Mp3 format to admin@oskradio.com

 

On the day of your battle, polls will open by 9:00 a.m. EST and close by 11:59pm EST

(The Battle dates below are the day your Battle will be posted on queentheprophet.com under OSKRADIO.COM Rap Battle. The link will be posted on Facebook as usual  and circulated through Twitter)

 

I strongly suggest if you have not read the rules & guidelines, you should. It’s YOUR responsibility to know what can cause you to forfeit the round or be disqualified. There’s no crying in hip-hop. You follow the rules or you don’t.  There is no second chance. Battle every round like your last.

 

STUDY YOUR OPPONENTS MUSIC.

(This means, listen to what’s posted on OSK, Dat Piff, Sound Cloud, Myspace, uTube, CHECK EVERYTHING)

 Welcome 2 the Battlegrownd. Let the battle begin

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BATTLE LINE-UP 

Dennis P vs. EX

3/11/13

Face Polo vs. VIPERDOC

3/12/13

Tampa vs. Johnny Magnum

3/13/13

Tommy G vs. Big Cuz

3/14/13

Trovilla vs. Rich Vuitton

3/15/13

VonMar Films vs. Africa princes Gift

3/16/13

YungDaMoney vs. Derry B

3/17/13

LayEm Down Gang vs. Juno Numero Uno

3/18/13

Tim Aka TAll Cold vs. 13

3/19/13

Young Neighbkorhood vs. Cennebal

3/20/13

Dank vs. Baretta Gee

3/21/13

Aaron MacDonald vs. Dezzy D

3/22/13

Winners will be posted on queentheprophet.com 3/25/13

The new beat for 2nd round will be posted 3/25/13 on oskradio.com

New Battle Line-Up for Round 2 will be posted on queentheprophet.com 3/25/13

ALL ROUND 2 SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE: 3/27/13 by 11:59p EST

Mp3 emailed to admin@oskradio.com

(PAY ATTENTION! Your time with the beat gets SHORTER with every round advancement)

 

2nd Round Battles begin 4/1/13

 

Now….In my best Mortal Kombat voice … FIGHT!

#OPERATIONREVOLUTION

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#Letter2HipHop #OPERATIONREVOLUTION

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DEAR HIPHOP:
They tried to smother you in skinny jeans. We wore baggy clothes because we needed to dance every time we heard you. They’ve been singing songs to your beats with lyrics they didn’t write in battles they never won, because the hired help had no idea what you ever stood for. They started cutting your 16s into 12s… maybe because since they weren’t telling a story, then ran out of things to say.

They forgot you were created to transcend barriers of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and the “social norms”. You represented folks coming from NOTHING and turning into something. You brought hope that dreams came true. You told stories. You did what they said was impossible.

They have attempted to brain wash an entire generation making music about things most people will never have. Hired help spits songs about things they don’t own, lifestyles they never lived until they were hired. The people were no longer allowed to CHOOSE their role models, they were bought. The stories of struggle & victory were replaced by skinny jean molly amped bottle poppin BS. We have an entire generation now of DISRESPECTFUL youth that sag skinny jeans and believe that hip-hop is about sex and poppin bottles in the club. They will even be as so bold to disrespect the FOUNDERS of hip-hop on social media simply because they have never heard real hip-hop. They have disrespected one of the most important roles in music… the DJ. Our youth is destroying SELF because they now believe the only “arrived” they need to get to, is enough money to wear expensive jeans and buy $80bottles of liquor for $400 in the VIP section. When they can’t obtain these things…. They destroy themselves trying to get them. They don’t know that the impossible is possible because what is on the radio is not telling them that. They have no idea that the world is not just made for rich folks.

Something began to happen in 2012…. Many people missed it because didn’t and still don’t yet comprehend the importance of social media…. even if you get it today… You won’t catch those of us who already locked that up last year 🙂 You see, there was a time of local shows and selling mix tapes out of the back of your car. Now that we are in an electronic generation, we don’t have to sell anything out of the back of our car. We can email our music to every corner of the earth that wants it & has internet access.
The people are once again using their voices … they are choosing their champs AS IT SHOULD BE, AS IT ALWAYS WAS.
There was a meteor shower called #LIFEONMARS…. then when the clock struck 12 on 12/31/12 the #HipHopApocalypse began… on 1/14/13 one month from the day #CONNECTICUT became a household name the 7th Trumpet sounded… Symbol? 7th Trumpet is the symbol of KINGDOM reign time… #OPERATIONREVOLUTION is in full effect across the globe.

7th Trumpet “26Project” Watch on Utube : http://youtu.be/–pGEKMCZ6c

7th Trumpet on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/battlegrowndentertainment/the-7th-trumpet

Support on iTunes: Grand Giovanni – 7th Trumpet (feat. QueenTheProphet) – Single – http://itun.es/i6JM95W #iTunes

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#OPERATIONREVOLUTION is not just about #BATTLEGROWNDENT, it represents UPROAR in the #indie community. We are by the thousands turning our backs on your industry and everything you stand for. We are coming together, supporting each other. We don’t have to be millionaires to accomplish this. We are though, supporting each other so EVERYBODY EATS. They said it was just Twitter…. It wasn’t real life. Those are real people behind those accounts able to buy, sell, & trade music, services, and support via the internet.

All we’re doing is telling the TRUTH. We believe there is enough for everybody… If 100k people buy 10 singles (yup $10) from 10 #Indie Artists, you the people just changed the lives of 10 people who have friends & family JUST LIKE YOU instead of just one…
We didn’t come for contracts, you can keep your 80/20 & 70/30. We don’t want ANYTHING we haven’t earned. If you came from the underground and EARNED yours? We #SALUTE you. To the frauds? GETCHOBARZ UP because there has been an earthquake in the underground across the globe,  most of us hail from “the most violent cities in the US” and we’re screaming #OPERATIONREVOLUTION

If you know nothing about these folks, LEARN ABOUT IT…. Because there’s too many of us to number….

#SsNation @Thrilla_Ssn http://www.thrillassn.blogspot.com #CHICAGO
#GNATION @G_Nationcrown www.gnationcrown.com #HUSTON
#KUSHFACEGANG @callmekushface @detpromoking313 #PHILLY #DETROIT
#TTO @FLA_Phantom @IceCold_ @medley_ceo #ATLANTA #VA
#TeamFollowOrDie @ihannibalaka730 #BOSTON

Well behaved women seldom make history…. and people crazy enough to believe that they can change the world? OFTEN DO.

What can I say? I’m just a little girl who grew up WU.

My name is QueentheProphet, your friendly #HipHopApocalypse Robin Hood of Hip-Hop and I approve this message.

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Welcome to the revolution.
#BATTLEGROWNDENT #OPERATIONREVOLUTION
@queentheprophet , CT
@iambrandonheat , NJ
@_grandgiovanni, CT
@physcorock211, TX
@kingnattyboog, CT
@kinggeorge427, CT
@donovinheights, CT
@pyromaniac7491, CT
@Specithawolf, CT
@ctcokekev, CT

These aren’t all, but these are some of the greatest men & women that have ever been heard. If you are unable to recall music from at least 7 of those pictured below… please go back to your studio. Fire the DJ, slap the producer for allowing such nonsense,  burn your masters, go apologize to eveyone who’s ears you made bleed with your garbage music and you are now only allowed to sing in the shower,  because you have NEVER really heard hip-hop. (We still love you, don’t do it again please.)

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