it has not been all fun and features.
This is one mainly for the artists, but there are life lessons here as well. There was a situation where my name could have crashed before it ever took off. not my music, my NAME. Tt is important to know the difference. Ya see, no matter how good your music is, if your name is attached with a bunch of negatives, the people that have the power to help you will not do such a thing. Which brings me to my first point.
1. Protect Your Brand/Name
Proverbs 22:1 says “A good reputation & respect are worth much more than silver & gold.”
If you have worked hard and word has spread of you, with a good reputation, take the necessary steps to keep it that way. Always make sure your side of whatever business you handle, is covered. Every detail. Go that extra unnecessary mile. I was in a situation where although I covered my bases, there was an extra thing i could have done. That extra thing i could have done that i did not do, almost very well cost me my name to some very important people. I was blessed enough to be able explain my side of it all and be placed back in a favorable light, but it could have been worse.
As I was creating Lucid Dream, i began to reach out to some artists who i once could have only dreamed of working with, hence. Some agreed and STRT TRBL and i were excited about the prospect ofit all. Then situations happened where the artists were too busy or overbooked & did not realize before they agreed. I was left looking at my project like…nobody is going to listen to this. though i still had features i GREATLY enjoyed with some artists i believe deserve more shine, i didn’t have those big names to peak interest and bring people in. then i had to look in the mirror and say this to myself
2. Believe In Yourself
27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
It was time for me look at the work I’ve put forth this year, knowing that it was all God led and Christ centered, and believe that God has blessed it. Though realistically true or not, i had to believe that i am a big enough name to accomplish the present goal. As i trusted God in all that He gave me to say, other things began to happen that aided the self belief of being good enough. Texts and calls from producers i worked with in April, telling me who bought the record we did, i.e. Fire Away. God proving to be faithful because i was faithful that all He had given me was more than enough.
3. Thank All Who Support You
If you are blessed to gain supporters, don’t take it lightly. Do special things for them. On twitter, retweet/respond/DM/follow some, especially if they have proven to be a consistent supporter. Make your day 1’s feel special.
Any artists who put you on with other artists or producers, thank them every chance you get. Why? because
4. Nobody Has To Help You
5. Stay True To What You Do
you weren’t gifted to be a cut copy. say what you have to say, the weird way that you were given to say it. the world is waiting for the different & the difference.
those are my main thoughts for this post. all personal experience that can be used as universal advice.
THANK YOU #DREAMERS.
6. don’t do too little, don’t do too much
7. take advice
8. plan your year/set your goals
9. no days off is a myth, rest your brain sometimes.
10. support others!
I’m out to eat some place where the food sucks and i get DM. It says its from Tyshane, but because I’m a nobody and he had worked with lecrae, surely that was a mistake. The only thing his message said was “whats your number?”. I gave him the number and a few minutes later I received a text simply saying “I’m going to get you signed.” Now THAT’S the way you start a conversation.
Ty had been with a friend of his who played my music for him. The same day he contacted me. Ever since that, he has believed in me and has done everything possible to make sure I succeed. As talented as he is himself, and he just wanted a hand in making sure I personally win.
A friendship spawned from his help. I flew to Miami a day earlier back in June, to attend his graduation. We skype, we call every week, we acted stupid together at FlavorFest. We check on each other, we disagree, we encourage each other, and we have way too much fun.
From production to now engineering, to connections with people I would have never had. the domino effect from his help is greater than I could have hoped for. From our most famous connection, Best Of Your Love, to the ones no one even knows about, Tyshane has been a HUGE part in making my dream a #LucidDream.
Believe it or not, SPZRKT didnt arrive out of nowhere. I’ve been in the CHH scene for a while, but the group I’m about to speak about is one of the reasons why.
I first found out about Rhema Soul in 2008. Elhae, L9, and I would listen to Dope Beats and Good News vol.1. That was the album that showed us a difference in CHH, and that there was room for creativity and a dope sound. At first they were our “Cool Kids”, but with their sometimes electronic pop sound and a female emcee in the group, they stood alone as their own.
My group (MOT) reached out to Rhema Soul as fans and also wanted them to listen to our records back on Myspace. Not only did they listen, they loved our sound, they kept in direct contact with us, and encouraged us to keep going. [Fun Fact: this connection is also how I met MartyMar of Social Club]
In 2009, my group was at the Holy Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta performing with our record label. Rhema Soul drove up close to 10 hours, just to surprise us. We geeked out, abandoned our label for the night, and had dinner with Rhema Soul, Dj Morph, and Eddie Nigma.
Fast forward a 2 years after the group had broken up, and as I talked about releasing “While We’re Young”, i would get DM’s or texts from any member of the group simply encouraging me. After the release, even more encouragement and from time to time this became the norm.
Back in June of this year, I flew out to Miami and got a chance to chill with the group for the first time since that night in 2009. They picked me up from a graduation, took me to get some lunch (Where they shared that they were working on DBGN2), and then we headed to the studio. I got a first listen of ‘Party, Sleep, Repeat’ and obviously went nuts. Next they played ‘Keep You Around’ which already had a hook, they just wanted me to sing it. And of course they played PYITF. Missing a hook, they asked if I would like to write it. After i said yes, Butta P went to the restroom and by the time she came back, the hook was written and ready to record. I was that excited.
Had it not been for the dopeness of DBGN vol1, I may not have ever tried to make my way into CHH. Had it not been for their encouragement, I may have quit music after the group broke up. Had it not been for their encouragement, I may have quit making music at the end of 2012.
Because of them I’ve made many connections that have greatly aided me in being able to make my dream lucid.
THANK YOU RHEMA SOUL!
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