Tip of the day 6/26/15: Learn to control your mind and emotions

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If you can’t control your mind and emotions you will never make it in any career you set for your self.  If you let other people control how you think and feel you will never be happy or successful.  You should never allow someone else to influence your thoughts and emotions.  The human mind has been described as a stream of consciousness; you are the only person that should be able control that stream.  Try to never use the words, “they made me mad or they made me think that.”  They are not in control!!!!  In a world where we have little control, these 2 things are the only things that we can have 100% total control over but we give it away so freely.  If you are sitting around thinking about what someone did or didn’t do and now you’re upset about it, they are controlling your thoughts and emotions not you.  While there are several things you can do to rid your mind and emotion of negativity below are a few suggestions.

  • Meditation

  • Prayer

  • Exercise

  • Relaxation

  • Listen to music

  • Forgive

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Tip of the day 6/25/15: Give your music away for free the right way!

Tip of the day banner 2Many artist create music and put it on social media outlets advising its a free download.  A lot people will argue that giving your music away for free is ludicrous.  However, if it means getting your name and work out to the masses then it’s a win win.  You open your self up to many people who might not have given your music a chance if you didn’t let them download it for free.  It’s imperative that you copy write your music by way of getting a creative commons license, also put a disclaimer on  your music that you can use the music for free but they must give you (the artist) the credit for it.   This link will help you choose the right deal for you choose a creative commons license.  And remember, not every one will think this is a good idea but if you want to get your name out there and create a bigger fan base you have to approach promotion a little different.  It’s 2015 and record labels aren’t knocking on many doors these days.

 

 

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All tips are informational, Rhythm Rave Radio will not be able to give any legal advice, please do your research and educate your self on the music industry

 

Tip of the day 6/24/15: Stop worrying about getting signed

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95% of artists fail.  With those odds you need to research the business side of show business to be successful.  Major labels aren’t looking for new talent.  Being signed to a major label does help financially with marketing and promotion, but you lose creative control.  You are now a puppet on a string and the label controls your every move down to what you put on social media.  If they don’t like what you’re doing they drop you.  Our advice is to stay independent and learn business and marketing, which is the key to your success.  Take some classes on-line, invest in your self and your career.  Even IF you get signed to a major label you still need to educate your self and not let the zero’s on the contract influence you to sign a bad deal.  If business isn’t something that you can do find someone who can and let them help you.   Every great artist has a team, and make sure your team consists of people that will tell you the truth and make sure you can trust them with your intellectual property.

 

Tip of the day 6/23: 10 tips to prevent your songs sounding the same

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To prevent each song from sounding just like the last song you did isn’t an easy task.  There are several ways you can approach creating music, here are a few.  

  1. If you write the lyrics first, try to create the music first.

  2. If you love the piano don’t use it on your next song, and remember chording isn’t the only way to play a piano.

  3. Think about changing the formal design of the song.  Each song has a few of the following: a melody, verses, chorus and a bridge.  If you always open up with the melody try opening up with an a cappella bridge.

  4. Challenge your self on the message you write about, get out of your comfort zone.

  5. Do the opposite of what your used to, ie create a ballet if you usually create dance music.

  6. A gangsta rapper can try rapping about something more conscience.

  7. Network with other song writers and producers,

  8. Take a break from writing to clear your thoughts to stay inspired.

  9. Listen to other people’s music that inspires you.

  10. Always have a thesaurus and a rhyming dictionary to prevent redundancy when writing.

 

You will be surprised how approaching the creative process a little different will go a long way.

 

 

 

Tip of the day 6/22: Learn Music Theory

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Music Theory is the study of the practices of music and the possibilities of music.  It can also relate to concepts, belief systems, silence, musicology, psychology, mathematics, time & space.   Music theory is forever evolving, its base is in these 4 principles: Pitch, Rhythm, Harmony and Structure.  If you want to further your career you have to understand these 4 basic principles.  Becoming a musician and/or a producer isn’t  just simply finding a sample and laying a few bars on top.   Studying the theory of music will set apart the true musicians and/or producers from the posers.  If you have only used samples when creating music then understand this is just your hobby.  There is nothing wrong with that, everyone needs a hobby.  However, if you want to make it in the music industry educate your self and learn your craft, because we can hear it in the music.

Tip of the day 6/19: The proof is in the Music

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Don’t try to talk people into believing your music is good.  Let the hard work you put into the music speak for it self.  Sometimes when you talk to much we wonder “who are you trying to convince me or you?”  If you know your song needs mastering, everyone does.  Don’t give excuses for lack of equipment, lack of studio time or lack of verses and want us to hear your vision of what could be.  If you have to tell me about an issue on the song then go back to the lab and come out with a finished product.  AND let the music speak for it self.  The proof is in the music not your redundancy of trying to translate what should have been.

5 Hip-Hop Trends That Need to End

 

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AllHipHop.com has come up with a list of disturbing trends in rap that need to be addressed. If they go unchecked, these self-destructive tendencies will continue to harm a culture that has helped so many. And that is the last thing that anybody wants, especially those people (myself included) who are proof positive that Hip-Hop can change lives for the better.

 

 

5). Self-Declared Classics: Rap is very competitive, and so confidence is essential.  Yet, to declare your own work a classic, that’s presumptuous even by Hip-Hop standards.  It not only gives a project lofty expectations, but also seemingly restricts the artists who put that status on their own work.  Because after you reach the top, or put yourself there, there’s only one way to go.  And especially for new rappers who do that, it could potentially stall a career just as its getting started because the song or album becomes bigger than the artist (or the project flops).  The people are who ultimately determine the affect of an artist’s work, and while Hip-Hop legends do have some material that’s widely regarded as “classic” under their belts, it’s the entire body of work that have made them iconic.  Not just a single release.  There’s another name for that and it’s “one-hit wonder.”

4). Biting: Biting rhymes in Hip-Hop isn’t anything new, but, nonetheless, it is still something that’s  been going on a long time and is counterproductive to the authenticity that Hip-Hop prides itself on.  And while in a few cases it’s perceived as paying homage, like with Jay Z’s “What More Can I Say”: I’m not a biter, I’m a writer / For myself, and others / I say a B.I.G. verse, I’m only bigging up my brother.  In many others, it’s seen as nothing more than theft and artistic laze.  Fortunately, with the issue of recycling rhymes recently brought up via Drake using Rappin’ 4-Tay’s lyrics and then reportedly paying him $100,000, biters are now being held accountable for being “overly” inspired by others.  Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come if rappers continue to steal from each other.  Or, best case scenario, they just stop doing it.

3). Calling Yourself God: Similar to biting, Hip-Hop’s references to religion have been around for a long time.  And expressing one’s faith or belief in a higher power through Hip-Hop is great (e.g. Rakim’s references to the Five Percent Nation and its ideology, Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks” record,   Malice becoming No Malice, etc.).  But, in some instances, rappers referring to themselves as God with no context other than to be provocative or to brag does nothing more that put forth an affront to many people’s deeply-held beliefs and /or make an emcee look really stupid.  A few cases in point – Lil B on “Look Like Jesus” (I’m God / I look like Jesus / And I’m coming with that motherf***ing heater) and A$AP Ferg on A$AP Mob’s “Persian Wine (Young Trap Lord, might die on a cross / Gold link chain swing down to my balls).  Considering many  people regard Jesus as a peaceful savior and that lots of religious organizations have its members take a vow of poverty, those two lyrics are not only potentially very offensive, but also make no sense at all.

2). Face Tattoos: To be fair, a “bad” tattoo is subjective, and so what some might perceive that way could be viewed as “good” by others and/or it has the ability to be covered up.  But based on what has been seen, there are definitely questionable choices that have been made by a number of rappers – especially the ones who get ink on their face.  And while it is true that someone like Game will probably never have to go to a job interview, the tattoo on his face that has changed three-times might limit his chances for business deals.  And I want to be clear: I’m in no way singling Game out, but using those artwork choices as an example of how if Hip-Hop expects to produce moguls beyond just entertainment, rappers who are face tattoo recipients might want to consider getting them removed before entering an environment that could have people in it who have never even heard a rap record.

 1). “Culture Vultures”: Recently, Hip-Hop has been receiving a lot of attention from people within it accusing the powers that be of trying to exploit rap and disconnect it from its essence as well as glorify ignorance.  From Damon Dash criticizing Lyor Cohen to Chuck D having a war of words with Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg to Wes Jackson calling out MTV for their coverage of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, it is clear that Hip-Hop is at a crossroads.  Perhaps, now more than ever, it is important for rap, its trail blazers, and its power to be recognized so that its history doesn’t get distorted.  Everyone, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, etc., has a place in Hip-Hop!  But if there is no balance and credit isn’t given where it’s due, it puts the integrity of it all in jeopardy and that is unacceptable.