I play in a band and we dropped our first music video a while back. Peep. [Embed content]

Started by My Hardcore Band's First Music Video, 2 Weeks ago in Music

Yo, one of my female friends is just getting into sneakers that aren't vans and I'm wondering what else is dope out there, and affordable for girls. She's digging the Son of Mars Jordans right now, Air Max 90s, Free Runs and lately she's been scoping the Janoski but her foot is too small for the smallest size they make in those. Looking for recommendations. Preciate it.

Started by Sneakers for Girls/Women, 2 Weeks ago in Footwear

Word on the street is Jay Electronica wrote like halff of that untitled album. http://www.vice.com/read/nas-may-have-had-a-ghost-writer-on-a-few-songs-who-gives-a-shit?utm_source=vicetumblrus

Started by Nas has a Ghostwriter?, 2 Weeks ago in Music

Happy birthday to me.

Started by It's My Birthday Today Hypebeast, 2 Weeks ago in Off Topic

I stumbled across this article online somehow and it's kind of interesting. I'm prepared for a long list of "did not read"s so go ahead and bump that. If you have an opinion on it, that's cool too. ------------------ Some of this is common sense, and obviously there are more reasons why pop/r&b/country/gospel/all other genres sell more than rap. But here are 10 specific things I’ve observed and experienced first hand while promoting rap music. Never one to present a problem without offering a solution, I suggest you check out That Retail Chick’s blog. She has years in the hip hop sales game. 1. Giving It Away for Free If you want someone to buy the cow, don’t give away the milk for free. This isn’t to say stop providing fans with free downloads/streams every now and then to build anticipation, but there are also other ways to reach your listeners. Why would I buy your album when you’re going to put all the good music out via mixtapes before the record drops like [insert your favorite rapper here]? 2. Bootleggers/Internet Pirates Piggy-backing off the above statement, bootleggers and internet pirates (myself not included lol) have a huge impact on record sales. Artists now have to come up with more and more creative ways to get attention for selling albums, especially rap artists. And it wouldn’t hurt to protect your files better smarty. 3. Rappers Motherfuckin’ Cuss Too God Damn Much Bitch Hoe. Fuck. I cuss like a sailor, but I wouldn’t want my kids to do as I do. And kids buy music. Adults buy groceries. Oh yeah, quit dropping the n-word every 3 syllables. 4. Violent/Degrading Lyrics See above statement. There are ways to talk about real life situations while still being responsible. On the flipside, sometimes the more shocking the material the more sales, but the masses aren’t going to pay for this. Women buy music guys. 5. Non-Inspirational Not to sound like a hip hop bible thumper, but lyrics are washed out these days. I can fully appreciate a song that makes me want to white-girl-shake in the club, but I’m not going to buy an album based off that. It’s like a one night stand – we meet in the club, we have a good time, but I don’t want to take you home forever (this never happened to me btw, hypothetical). There’s only so many times I can listen to songs about cars, jewelry, and levels of splurging unattainable to the average man. Say something real. 6. Fans are Now “Industry Experts” My fellow journalist Maurice Garland made a good point when he said there are no fans left because they’re all music industry expert now. Back in the day hip hoppers didn’t care about 1st week album sales, Billboard stats, or how well engineered a rap album is. Have you listened to an old Wu Tang album lately? They sound like they were recorded off a radio station with a tape player, but we didn’t care back then, we still came out of our pocket (or our parents’) for some good music. I’d sneak $10 out of my grandmother’s purse if a new Ghostface tape was dropping. Word is bond Gawd. 7. Artists are Not “Industry Experts” It’s not cool when fans know more tricks of the trade than rappers do. My middle school sister can get an album uploaded to iTunes faster than a rapper can turn on an iPod. Know your industry or keep your hobby to yourself. 8. Poor Management/Label Reps Following up from the previous reason, artists need to be more educated on label practices and more in touch with their team. There are countless stories of rappers hiring ill intentioned and/or unqualified friends to lead their business ventures. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t heard of many Fortune 500 companies headed by a group of retarded donkeys, yet I’ve met numerous asses representing talented flops. 9. Rappers Don’t Tour Efficiently Hopping from no-name city to no-name city in a van with 10 other people, barely sleeping, scraping up food money, praying for a clean place to shower, dealing with janky promoters, all while leaving behind a family with mounting bills is definitely not ideal for any up-coming artist. But it’s a necessary to build rapport with fans. If nobody knows you, who will buy your album? If nobody knows you, who will to pay you $20,000 to perform at an arena? Crawl before you walk. 10. Rappers Smoke Too Much Weed Smoking weed leads to poor decisions, slow actions, and many of the above-mentioned issues. It makes you lazy. And it makes you rap dumb. The same goes for “Molly”. You don’t sound good dude, you sound high. **editing** I forgot reason #11: Love and Hip Hop Atlanta Who’s going to buy a rap album after watching this show?

Started by 10 Reasons Rap Albums Don't Sell, 2 Weeks ago in Music

Is Yeezy the king of current hip hop right now and if not then who is?

Started by DEBATE: Kanye West the Current King of Rap, 2 Weeks ago in Music

Any of you hb'ers doing Agenda this year? I wanna know about that process and how the day runs for you and any stories.

Started by Doing Agenda Long Beach?, 2 Weeks ago in Fashion