Homage: This “rant” was inspired by the good people at YouHeardThatNew.com
I’m a supporter of technology being a new staple within the music industry. What I am NOT a fan of is the over usage and the misuse of it when it comes to “Getting Your Name Out”. YouTube views made Soulja Boy a star, and Twitter made Lil B a XXL Freshman class winner, and I can admit that, BUT that does not mean it is okay for aspiring artists to use media outlets as their ONLY source of exposure. #GetOffYourAss. If you’re not ready for a showcase or anything of that nature, perform at an open mic…but please stop relying on the internet as a source for exposure. (I’ll get back to you fools).
While I’m on the topic of YouTube, I want to inform you “Starving Artists” out there, that although it is an easy way to track one’s buzz, it is also a way to test the strength of their “fan base”. If you have a thousand plus followers on twitter, yet your YouTube vids which amount to 13, only have 700 views combined; it raises a red flag.
Back to you Muh Fucka’s…Let me give you some free advice on what NOT to do.
1. Stop Spamming!!! do not go down your whole friend’s list on your social networks (Facebook,Myspace,Twitter) and “@” them. Begging for a listen is an easy way to get your numbers up BUT it doesn’t relate the seriousness of your craft. (#JustMyopinion) I’m Anti “forceful promo”…
2. Lets say you are pretty good. Stop dropping mixtape after mixtape and NOT performing anywhere. You’ll never be anything more than a local celebrity with an internet buzz… book a show and get out of state…#ImJustSayin (No fab)
3. If you are well aware of the “Blogisphere” do not “@” any of the top sites on twitter with your music hoping that you’ll get a listen. They barely respond to their own friends so why would they respond to you?! Look for the “Submission” email address and send them a well prepared email and hope they like it enough to post it.
4. #GetOffYourAss and attend a show as a fan/viewer. You can enhance your stage performance if you see others strong points and weak points.
5. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT attempt to sell me your music and then ASK for a post on JusListen.net. Understand that we’re here to help you gain exposure for your project/single/video. We don’t charge you to get on the site so PLEASE don’t charge us to listen to your music. #DaFUck?!
6. Please STOP attaching your name to established songs if you know you didn’t get clearance from said artist/s. Example: [Jay-z & Kanye featuring Lefty- (that’s me)-“Otis” remix] Y’all know damn well I wasn’t in the studio with them, nor did I gain clearance to use the name of the record. Although it might get your YouTube views up, it’s a corny tactic. Let your music speak, not the hash tags…
7. You rappers out there who use twitter as a main source of exposure and have 30K followers yet follow 40k people (No shots to Lil B), Stop putting the BBM Check [√] by your profile name to give the false visual of your bum a** having a “verified page”.
8. When submitting a track to a site, please include the record with a download link OTHER than“TweetMySong”. Here’s a jewel for you fools: Hulkshare.com, mediafire.com, SoundCloud.com etc…upload your music here, get a download link and appear more serious when you send out your music.
9. If you rap about Money, Drugs you sold, Parties, Women, and Smoking weed; you must have some income, so please shell out some money and pay for a professional quality videographer/ director. I’m sick of seeing these rap videos via YouTube which depict images of “Gettin Money” yet the camera is a sony 3.5 megapixel handheld. #YeaIsaidIt [Vimeo>YouTube]
10. Packaging matters, almost as much as the content of the music…. #ThatIsAll
This message has been endorsed by Lefty of www.JusListen.net and is in no way a reflection of the opinions of the other members of the Juslisten team. Which means… “@” me or dap me if you agree/disagree with anything I’ve said…