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February 21, 2012 @ 04:23 PM

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Join Date: Feb 2012

Location: USA

Hey yall, i complied a step-by-step list of how to become a successful rapper. check it out, tell me what y'all think. all comments/feedback are welcome.

1. GIVE IT UP. It's not gonna happen, and it's better to quit while you're ahead.

2. SOCIAL SABBATICAL. You need to exclude yourself from the social world completely.
Two reasons:
a. You need solitude to develop the right mindset required to become a proficient lyricist.
b. Your absence will create a hidden buzz.

3. READ. Anything and everything. Knowledge is a requirement. This is needed in order to do the step after the next 2 steps effectively.

4. REALLY. JUST GIVE UP. If at this point you have THOUGHT about giving up OR have thought about thinking about giving up, you don't have the confidence needed to last.

5. PURGE. Throw away all the music you currently have. But more importantly, STOP LISTENING TO RAP MUSIC. You want to bring something new to the genre to stand out. Listening to content that has been out and is no longer popular won't help you become a very new or interesting artist.

6. WRITE. All that reading you did about random facts and theories and other intellectual shit will come on handy in creating interesting lyrics.

7. KEEP WRITING. You know why Tupac was so great and somehow still releases albums after "dying"? HE WROTE A SHITLOAD. Literally HUNDREDS OF SONGS. The albums he dropped before he "died" were "Greatest Hits" in a sense.

8. PURGE. AGAIN. Now by this time you've compiled a book of rhymes that you're ready to unleash. NOW'S the perfect time to burn said book of rhymes. Chances are the rhymes you have compiled up until now are recycled garbage that the masses have most likely heard before from more successful artists (or maybe you'd like to bow out and become a cover artist? You'll blend right in with the approximately 40 trillion others on YouTube).

9. DEVELOP. Your own style. Yes, Drake is good at what HE does. Don't be a cheap imitation. UNLESS you've chosen the cover artist route. You can find many a wedding gig choosing this path.

10. MARKET. You need to cover every musical outlet. You need a website, photos, business cards, CDs, a Facebook, a Twitter. EVERYTHING. If you can think of something, it's probably already been done, so you might as do it anyway, so you can at least level the playing field. You need to come across as a professional, so people will naturally take you seriously.

11. PRODUCE. You need music in order to be heard in the music industry. Oddly enough, too many rappers don't know this and their longevity is hindered by this oversight. I'll also add that you should produce QUALITY work. Doesn't have to be hyper-lyrical. Hell, it's better off if it's not. Another common oversight by too many rappers, "man, I got lyrics, why do ppl listen to bullshit?". Probably because they're listening to the beat ALSO and it makes them feel good listening to it. MUSIC HAS TO SOUND GOOD. Honestly, who cares what you have to say anyway?

February 21, 2012 @ 06:40 PM
Damon Nash

Post: 85

Join Date: Feb 2010

Location: Houston, TX

Too many rappers in the world, don't encourage em.

You should add: "don't rap if you sound like a bitch." You gotta be born with a rapper voice to get anywhere.

February 21, 2012 @ 06:52 PM


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Join Date: Sep 2008

Location: Bucktown, USA

hardly anybody raps in their regular speaking voice anyway

All I do is smoke weed, blow lines, and listen to MF DOOM. And rap.

February 21, 2012 @ 07:09 PM

Post: 2685

Join Date: May 2008

Location: boston

I think theres too many kids out there trying to rap who don't know shit about rap past 2008. If you want to be respected and well rounded in a craft imo you should have expert knowledge on that craft.
February 22, 2012 @ 12:10 AM
Gilly Suits

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Location: 617/781/508

hardly anybody raps in their regular speaking voice anyway

Danny Brown normal voice opposed to High pitched rapping voice is hilarious //

February 22, 2012 @ 02:01 AM

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i could never be a rapper so ill never try, jeans not baggy enough nigger

February 23, 2012 @ 01:11 AM

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Location: eastcoast

good read

February 23, 2012 @ 10:25 AM

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i fux wit this 100

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February 23, 2012 @ 09:30 PM

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i fux wit this 100

February 27, 2012 @ 08:14 PM

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Location: Leamington Spa

he's got it
March 1, 2012 @ 06:25 AM

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Location: USA


March 1, 2012 @ 03:48 PM


Post: 7236

Join Date: Sep 2008

Location: Bucktown, USA

yeah and if you don't know the right people, add "meeting the right people" to your to-do list immediately because connections > skill, talent, work ethic, everything. Just being in the right place at the right time has made LOADS of people's careers lmao

All I do is smoke weed, blow lines, and listen to MF DOOM. And rap.

March 1, 2012 @ 03:56 PM

Post: 9513

Join Date: Mar 2007

Location: Brooklyn, NY

ME>any rapper on HB

yo yo yo check I beez riding in 24 inch rims fucking big booty bitches
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March 3, 2012 @ 12:06 AM

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Join Date: Feb 2006

Location: Kulifornya

too many emcees, not enough mics
March 14, 2012 @ 02:31 AM

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Location: Chicago
I know there are a lot of generic mc's out im posting my song too ask yall what u think about my track...tell me what you think
March 14, 2012 @ 02:36 AM
Gilly Suits

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Location: 617/781/508

I think you deserve a ban //

March 14, 2012 @ 05:23 AM

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Location: US

too many emcees, not enough mics

Too many rappers, not enough emcees

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