5 REASONS YOU WON'T MAKE IT AS A RAPPER
In the last decade, Hip hop became the biggest music genre globally. For those of us who have been listening to rap since we were kids, we just watched as the rest of the world caught up. Hip hop reaching such heights had several effects on life in all parts of the planet. The main side effect being delusion. Now every one from your bestfriend to your uncle wants to become a rapper but unfortunately 95% of you guys are going to fail. Okay, let me explain.Here are 5 reasons most of you guys just won't make it.
1. YOU DON'T HAVE THE HEART TO KEEP GOING
The best advice I can give you is just give up if you don't have the heart to keep going. There is a saying '' an overnight success takes 10 years'' and that is just the facts. Everyone thinks that people like Riky Rick or AKA just came out of nowhere and that they are lucky to be where they are. Luck does have something to do with blowing up but mostly it is about persistence. Most people at the top of their professions have had years and years of heartache trying to blow up off their craft, you don't just drop one song or mixtape and suddenly make it to the top. The real truth is that making it requires so much heart and most people don't have it. It takes hard work, patience, persistence, luck and actual skill to make it and I'm sorry to break it to you but most of you guys just don't have it. Everything is going to go wrong before anything goes right, you are going to be booed, not paid for shows, told to give up, and if you can survive all of this then maybe just maybe you might make it.
2. YOUR FRIENDS ARE ALL YES MEN AND THEY AREN'T TELLING YOU THE TRUTH
You are probably being told how dope your music is by all your friends but let's just be honest, you are most likely not that dope. Every song you make, your friends are probably telling you that it's fire and the problem with that is that now you believe it. You go into the world thinking you are the next Drake but really you are not, you music is sub par and your friends aren't telling you because they don't want to hurt your feelings. This is very dangerous for any creative person because you are being gassed by people who love you and don't want to hurt your feelings but you need people around you who can give you an honest opinion on your work. Constructive criticism is very important in any creatives journey, my advice is keep a hater around to keep you on your toes.
3. YOU ARE DOING IT FOR THE WRONG REASONS, YOU ARE JUST A CLOUT CHASER AND YOU DON'T WANT TO ADMIT IT
Most people want the lifestyle that comes with being a famous rapper but they are not willing to put in the work to get to the top. They see Riky rick wearing Prada head to toe and travelling the world, they see Cassper Nyovest driving around the city in his Bently and think to themselves yeah I want that too. But are you willing to spend countless sleepless nights in the studio grinding, are you willing to spend years being broke and chasing a dream while everyone tells you to give up and get a ''real job'', the answer for most people is no. They see what the guys at the top have and think yeah I can get that but that's not how it works, the people who have the most had to sacrifice the most. Most people just want the fame and the money but don't even really have the passion to make the music and build your brand, they just want the clout and are not ready to sacrifice everything they have to reach this dream. If you are in it for the clout trust me just give up right now and save your self the heartache.
4. YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO INVEST IN YOUR CAREER CONSISTENTLY
Most people are not willing to reinvest their money into getting a studio, paying an engineer to mix and master your music, paying for online marketing.You have to keep reinvesting into your craft and people think that making music is such an easy thing to do and that once the money starts flowing in you can sit back and chill. You gotta take care of the music and the music will take care of you. Buy studio equipment, buy a laptop, pay a professional engineer for mixing and mastering, pay for online promotion, get some merchandise made, pay a photographer/videographer for the best visuals. You gotta spend money to make money.
5. YOUR TEAM IS NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO GET YOU THERE
You need a solid team to get your career to where it needs to get, and having your friends do things they themselves don't know how to do is going to slow you down. You need a great manager, booking agent, road manager, engeneer, stylist, dj, photographer and many many more but if you ask your friends who don't know how to do this to fill those positions your career is going to be moving in circles. Don't get me wrong your friends can learn how to play these roles over time if they are willing to learn but you need a seasoned professional in your team, someone who knows the in's and out's of the music game and this counts especially for your manager. A great manager can make all the diference in the world and can make sure the rest of your team is also great. Make sure you get a solid group of people around you and that everyone has the same goals. Your team can either make or break you and this something you have to make sure you don't compromise on, even if you have to tell your friend that he can't be a part of your music team.