In this rubric, we have aspiring rappers sharing their rap knowledge with the rest of the community. *If you’d like to be one of the knowledge gurus and share your rap tips with us, feel free to click here for more information.
Let’s see what words of wisdom has the Rap Guild shared with us.
As an independent artist, it is important to have your music heard but you should never give it away for free. Now, many people may not be willing to pay for your music quite yet but more often than not you are able to receive some sort of compensation. Collecting email addresses or requesting a “like” or “follow” are two of the most common forms of compensation that most people are willing to pay you.
You can use websites like show.co to get yourself set up. Promote your soundcloud or band page and put your show.co link in the bio offering a free download. Collecting emails is a vital part of building a fanbase. Imagine having 1,000 plays in the first 4 hours of your next release without even posting it online. The point of this post is to show you that there are other, and even more important, forms of compensation that people are willing to pay you.
TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST LIVE PERFORMANCE:
1. REHEARSE REHEARSE REHEARSE. Without a proper rehearsal, there will be no performance. You have to go over your entire setlist – be it one song or 20 – countless times, till the moment comes when you just know it and be able to say “I’m ready!”
2. Try to record your own rehearsal. This will come in handy for you so you can see your own flaws AND points of power and use them to your advantage. You have to also practice your moves on stage and the way you hold the mic.
3. Memorize your songs by heart. The margin for error is zero, especially in a first performance.
4. Not to worry though, people don’t have expectations, and probably most of the audience will be your homies.
5. BE ENERGETIC. For a first performance, you want new fans to see your energy on stage and your ability to hype them up. Don’t worry about your lyrics, but rather about your energy.
6. On the day of the performance, arrive early for the sound check. SOUND CHECK IS EVERYTHING!
7. After your performance, take a moment to distribute your CDs or mixtape to the people.
8. Thank the audience for their support.
9. Walk off stage like you’re Eminem. Even if nobody was paying attention. You just did one hell of a show.
When it comes to the rap world, you should be ready for the lack of love it has to offer. I’ve joined the rap community so that I can instill a better “stereotype” for the game. The current stereotype is money, cars, clothes, hoes and I hate to see that. Hip-Hop/Rap is pure poetry. It should be treated that way. It should be soulful and it should be full of love. These kids need to learn the art of poetry (haikus and limericks) so that they can have an edge to the rest of the game. What helped me improve the most was stepping back and just being myself. I spoke the truth about matter that happened in my past and societal issues and as a result, I now relate to every person that has listened to my music.
#iLegion: I’ve been repeating the same thing throughout my entire rap history, I’d just love to see them young rappers stop rapping about things that don’t represent their true self, but instead some material bullshit… And I can bet many people agree with us, since there’s a growing thirst for indie rap and that’s not really something one could argue about…
*If you’d like to be one of the knowledge gurus and share your rap tips with us, feel free to click here for more information.