Hip-hop is big business and very competitive. To get your music played in da club -- and everywhere else -- follow these tips.
- TIP: Send producers or promoters tickets to your next show along with your press package.
- Step 1: Be professional in all your business dealings, even if you think it may contradict your image. Business is business, as any successful artist can tell you.
- FACT: As of 2010, rapper Flo Rida's song "Low," featuring co-writer T-Pain, was one of the 10 most downloaded songs of all time on iTunes.
- Step 2: Promote yourself. Submit your songs to various outlets, including internet hip-hop stations and local DJs. Create a professional social network page and upload audio samples, or write a press release and send your CD to music producers.
- Step 3: Record a demo either in a studio or with recording software at home. Make sure you record under a rap name that will make you stand out from the crowd.
- TIP: Being a good dancer is also a great way to get noticed as a rapper.
- Step 4: Enter rap competitions at hip-hop clubs to compete against other amateur rappers. With the immediate crowd reaction, you'll quickly learn your strengths and develop your weaknesses.
- Step 5: Get mad skills by rhyming and singing daily. Develop a unique style and image to make you stand out from the crowd, but always keep it real.