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Please Listen To My Demo: The 8 Big Mistakes Indie Rappers Make


So you’ve decided to join the thousands of rappers who release music independently?

Your friends and family told you that you sounded good and that you should put out your own music?

Hopefully, they know what they’re talking about.  But chances are they don’t!  It’s not that they’re lying to you.

They just don’t really know what it takes to compete in this business.  And having an MPC, Fruity Loops, Reason, Logic, Pro Tools, or any other hardware/software doesn’t necessarily make you a pro.

Just because you can spit a hot 16 doesn’t automatically make you the next big thing.  Sorry to break it to you but rappers come a dime a dozen!

So before you quit your day job or promise your mom a big house in the hills, check yourself to see if you’re a victim of the 8 Big Mistakes Indie Rappers Make. (more…)

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  • brian

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  • Great post idea but a slideshow? Just makes people stop at #4.

  • Sooo glad I’m not making a lot of these mistakes. only thing I’ve missing is stage presence and artist pictures. Maybe I have a chance. I just need more industry connections…


  • lindanow

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  • Good Post! Indie artists interested in getting out here….make sure u got sum #GWOP to invest in yourself.

  • damn!

    this was really handy

  • Its True

    well since no one has point this out yet but ummm…”No knowledge of the music industry”is grammatically incorrect. It’s KNOW not NO

  • gigi

    Actually it is correct. If you’ll reread the sentence not as a command but a statement. Ie we have no bread not you should know about bread.

  • @Ms. Live, I’m not sure how you got the impression that I had anything to do with Kreayshawn getting signed. The only reference I made about Kreayshawn in this entire article was when I mentioned how an artist I found on Facebook was rapping to the Gucci, Gucci instrumental. Other than that, I wouldn’t be throwing any amount of money to put her or any similar artist in the studio. LOL!

  • Scandocious

    Wrong, There is more than 1 Nicki Minaj… The Original.. Lil Kim.. How u talk about biting, and use her, as an example to be THE ONLY ONE..

  • @Scandocious, Nicki is just a recent example that today’s artists can relate to. In 2011, there are 100’s of rappers getting their ideas from her, not Kim, even if Kim is the originator. Whether or not Nicki bit from Kim is another subject that doesn’t really have a place in this particular article.


  • Ms.Live@5

    @snhpr I think you know what I was talking about but I’ll go deeper. You were talking about appearance of rappers, which is fine but everybody is not going to look like Kanye, TI, Jay-z, or your favorite rapper. However, I never said you signed Kreayshaw,and by your standards a black person could never be signed in the industry. Which she did not only get signed but with A MILLION DOLLAR CHECK SOMETHINGS MANY INDIE RAPPERS WON’T SEE LET’S BE REAL. What I’am saying is plus she can’t rap and calling us the N-word so I think you need to tell it straight on #6 that’s all and look at it again from another view.

  • @Ms. Live, now you may not agree with #6 and that’s perfectly fine but I told it straight. Are there other ways to look at it? Yes. Please keep in mind that this is a short article which can’t possibly go into all the in-depth details you’d like to see addressed here. I think you might want to reread the article again though. Some of the things you mentioned here aren’t very clear to me but I’ll be happy to clarify anything else you have concerns about. Ultimately, these 8 points are a very basic check list to help new artists put the odds in their favor. No one can lay out the exact way to become successful but constructive suggestions are a good way to start. Also, I’m not sure why we’re talking about Kreayshawn so much? LOL! I’m not a fan of hers. And I suspect that there’s a deeper story as to how she was signed but I’m not part of her camp so I can’t confirm it. In any case, my focus is on real lyricists. I don’t bother with her, her white girl mob, or whoever co-signs for her.

  • Ms.Live@5

    @Snhpr Kreayshaw was Not the point it was about excepting people in new shapes and forms not in the same molds because the the music industry is looking a little wacky right now and lacking creativity. So let people be who they are. Nevertheless, good luck on you next entry to this series Snhpr I believe still a lot people can benefit from what your saying Peace…

  • @Ms. Live. Thanks. I may not please everyone with what I write but at least I’m helping some artists look at things under a different light. I appreciate the conversation and I encourage you to look out for the next article. PEACE.

  • dope post, alot of people just want to rap and get signed, but haven’t researched the game…just out here head first.#tragic