BTW, personally, I def would’ve chosen ULTRA over Coachella this year. Even looking at the set times, I’d be forced to choose the EDM artists over the rest of the artists most of the time based on quality lol. BTW, sucks for A$AP Rocky that he’s going against Radiohead & Kaskade. Yes, it’s 2 completely different markets but it would’ve been nice for him to get exposure to different markets. BTW, Dre/Snoop vs. Avicii would be a tough one for me b/c I’ve seen Snoop live so many times. But, then again, it’s already been revealed that Warren G, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, etc. are going to go on stage w/ Dre/Snoop so that makes it an easy decision in favor of the my rap for me b/c I grew up on all that Gansta shit & Em; plus, Kendrick’s arguably my fave MC right now.
"If you want to feel better, you first have to think better. Healthy thinking is the most effective way of improving your emotional state."
"We can be happy despite our life situations. It is possible, by changing your beliefs & attitudes, to ‘do the impossible’ & free yourself from emotional suffering in the midst of the most challenging life circumstances."
Yet we all know uptight, bitter people who complain 24/7. Such an f’n pet peeve of mine. Life is what you make of it. And, those quotes above come from a psychiatric study; even science proves this. So, basically stop crying & start changing your victim mentality to a positive, uplifting one.
This is a MUST READ for every single up-and-coming artist courtesy of Bob Lefsetz:
You need neither talent nor skill to succeed in today’s music business. If you look good enough, we can fix your voice in the studio. And we can get others to write your songs. But the more weapons in your arsenal, not only the longer your career, the greater your options.
Learn how to read music and play one instrument, if not more.
Recording comes before playing live because you don’t need an audience to do it. Whether done alone on a Mac or an iPad or with your group in a studio, getting your music down “on tape” allows you and others to critique it. It’s a static document from which you can learn. It’s kind of like videotape in sports.
You should not see recording as a one time thing, but as an ongoing activity. To not only learn about your music, but to make you comfortable with the process.
**3. DECIDE ON THE MUSIC YOU WANT TO MAKE**
Do this after you start recording, after you woodshed.
There are two options. Making the music you want to make and making music that you think you can sell. They oftentimes are not the same.
**4. DECIDE WHO YOU WANT TO SELL THIS MUSIC TO**
If you’re looking for a major label deal, you must make the kind of music labels sell. And you must know that record companies are first and foremost businesses, they are not museums. If you don’t think you can make a record company a lot of money instantly, don’t bother knocking on the door. Labels don’t want to hear about artist development, they want instant profits, no matter what they say. Don’t try to sell quantum physics to a baby. Don’t try to sell work boots to a runway model. Know who your audience is.
**4.A. IF YOU’RE SELLING TO A LABEL…**
Make it easy for them, don’t make them connect the dots. Your demo must be slick, ready to be on the radio in its present form. Sure, they might re-record or remix it, but don’t count on a label to have vision.
Visual materials help.
And so does an audience.
But be professional. Your goal is to make the label salivate, desirous of being in business with you.
**5. IF YOU’RE NOT SELLING YOUR MUSIC TO A LABEL…**
And you shouldn’t be doing this if you’re not making Top Forty music. Oh, you can sign with an indie, but know you’ll probably have trouble getting paid.
Indies are poorly capitalized. They don’t have the relationships of majors. They promise a lot and deliver little.
Of course there are exceptions, but discover if the label you’re interested in truly is one or you just need to make a deal to feel good about yourself, to impress your mother.
We’re living in the era of control. Give up just a teensy-weensy bit of it and you might never gain success. The suits never see it your way. If you think they do, you are one or have never been in business with one.
**5.A. YOU MUST BUILD AN AUDIENCE**
This is where the games truly begin. Unless you’re a famous actress or sleeping with the producer du jour, no one in the business wants to pay attention to you unless you’ve got an audience.
And the new metrics no longer count.
MySpace could be gamed and so can YouTube and Facebook. High online numbers never hurt, but no one with the money to invest in you is going to believe them on their surface. They want to show up at a gig and see it packed. In multiple cities. They want to know you’ve done the work.
And you might ask yourself if I’m doing all the work, what do I need them for?
And that’s a very good question.
**5.B. BUILDING THAT AUDIENCE**
It all comes down to the music. Doesn’t matter what you look like or who you know, here’s where the rubber meets the road. Music is something you hear, yours has to be really damn good to connect, exceptional. It has to be so good, that if someone listens to it they want to tell everybody they know about it. Click on the random tracks in your own library, do you want to sell this stuff to everybody? Now you’re getting the idea.
The more people playing, the harder it is to win.
Good is not good enough.
You’ve got to be great.
**5.C. ASSUMING YOUR MUSIC IS GOOD ENOUGH**
You must make it available. It’s got to be buyable, streamable and listenable for free. You’ve got to make it easy. Don’t make the mistake of thinking about money up front. Money comes last in music, especially in today’s world. You don’t want to sacrifice millions to make $10,000. Are you in it to be a world-beater? Then you must work for free for eons. Every dollar you do make must be reinvested. If you’re not thinking big in music, you won’t be.
**5.D. PLAYING LIVE**
You’ve got to. Because the days of huge recording sales are done, live is where the money is. Play anywhere and everywhere people will have you. If you’re good, the audience will spread the word.
Must be available at every gig. It’s a souvenir. People want to invest in you. Have everything from posters to vinyl to CDs. You’re selling badges of identity.
If you’ve got none, and you’re questioning whether to give up, do so.
Traction is an indicator of whether you’re on the right track. You’ve got to gain a foothold and increase your audience. And you can’t do this artificially. Only you know if you’re going forward. If you’re delusional and want to continue with no traction, that’s your choice.
**7. BE A LIFER**
There’s no cashing out in music. It isn’t like Instagram selling to Facebook. If you’re not planning to play forever, stop now. Because it’s probably gonna take forever for people to learn who you are and embrace you. With the cacophony of information today it’s harder than ever to get noticed. Sticking around counts for a lot. The longer you’re in the game, the better the chance you might get lucky.
Works less than ever before. Works on a train-wreck level, like with Rebecca Black, but if you’re the beneficiary of this kind of exposure, milk it for as much as you can right away, because it ain’t gonna last.
The audience is sophisticated, it knows hype, and it ignores hype.
Not only does print mean almost nothing, TV isn’t much better. If TV counted, all those contestants on “American Idol” and “The Voice” would be winners, but almost none of them are.
If you get a placement, enjoy it, just don’t try and convince yourself you’ve made it.
YOU CAN MAKE IT!
But you can win the lottery too.
But the lottery requires no skill. Music requires a ton of skill as well as luck.
And know that the odds of you being successful are infinitesimal.
Because being successful is not solely about being talented and believing in yourself, but perseverance and personality. Can you play, write and sing like Elton or Gaga and still make friends with everybody you meet, so they’ll want to work for you?
So much of success is psychological and personal. Are you a winner? Do you have charisma? Do people want to hang on your every word? Do girls want to sleep with you and guys want to confess to you and vice versa? If you or someone in your band doesn’t have this magic amalgam of personality, chances are you’re not gonna make it.
Steve Jobs inspired belief. We can deconstruct his personality flaws all day long, but he got people to work extremely hard for him. Can you inspire people to work just this hard for you?
LOL! This was actually a reference track for Backstreet Boys! Ah man, how far the very talented Frank Ocean has come. This track’s honestly straight garbage. Figures he was writing for those has beens lol. I can’t hate on Ocean. Trynna make your $ playboy back in the days lol. Just very glad your sound has progressed and didn’t sound like this pop BS lol.
ISH KNOWS…maaaaaaan, Jay Elect is on some other level shit. This my friends is some real Hip Hop. Feast on it b/c you won’t find much of this outside the underground realm. He’s str8 killin’ on these bars; some real shit. I just hate how this bastard teases us w/ a single every 30 million years haha. Can I get the full debut album already!?!? lolol.
BTW, Jay Elect had a snippet of this Just Blaze produced track up on YouTube back in ‘09. It’s just now we got the full track. Enjoy.
"Unemployment obviously reduces happiness, but not because of what you may think. It’s not the loss of income, but the loss of things like self-esteem and workplace social life that lead to a drop in happiness. High unemployment rates can trigger unhappiness even in the employed, who suddenly become fearful of losing their jobs. According to the study, even low-quality jobs yield more satisfaction than being unemployed."
The growing trend of ‘quantifying’ happiness continues to spread, this time with a United Nations Conference of Happiness (seriously) commissioned report. Both surreal and refreshing to hear the growing interest.
“Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes destiny.”—
This Week's Sign of the Apocalypse: Kim Kardashian IS DATING KANYE WEST
Wow. My boy said it best: “As long as Kanye West is alive, hoes will always have someone to love them smh…”
Co-sign this damn statement ^ . Since his mother’s death, Kanye’s been on a terrible run of ho’s. First Amber, now Kim. Cot damn, trbl **charles barkley voice** lol. And, he really had the audacity to talk all tough on “Theraflu” bout falling in “love” w/ Kim & threatening to have Jay kick Kris Humphries off the Nets…all over a whore! **face palm** LMAOoOOOOooo!!! Man, Yeezy is my idol, but, love & relationships is one area I will NOT be following any of his damn steps lol. freakin’ cpt save a ho hahaha…
NEW MUSIC: Childish Gambino - “Eat Your Vegetables”
Lol…ok ok, I see u Childish. He lowkey went hard on this one lol. His flow is also progressing very nicely. He rode the beat real smooth n had a pretty quick delivery. What’s good w/ the J. Cole/Diggy shot lol?
BTW, he sampled Donkey Kong’s “Aquatic Ambience” which can be found here. Mad random huh yet creative hahaha.
1. Anthony Davis = the truth. This kid’s flat out amazing. I’ve never really said that about a big w/ very raw offensive game. But his intangibles, aggressive ‘tude, & ELITE out of this world Defensive prowess is incredible. He deserves to be #1 in the draft. My only concern is if he’s closer to 6’8 or 6’9 & his reach isn’t too long (we’ll find out at the draft). If so, eh, I dont see him transitioning well. But if he’s legit 6’10+, this kid will be killin’ in the NBA even tho he’s mad lanky n skinny b/c he plays way more physical & aggressive than his actual weight connotes akin to Marcus Camby but light years ahead when they were the same age. Pitino compared this kid to Bill Russell! Woow! Not saying I agree persay, but, the fact a legendary coach is making that kind of comparison speaks volumes.
2. Unselfishness: This Cats team sincerely did fall into the trap of padding personal stats or focused on draft prospect. They played so unselfishly & w/in the system. Very crisp, under control executing on all cylinders. Really bought the team concept. Davis exemplified this best when he said after the game, “I just told my guys to score; I’ll handle the defensive end.” Everyone had no issue playing into their roles. And, when there was a void to be filled, someone new usually would step up to fill it on a game by game basis. Lamb did that today when Kansas made them a perimeter squad.
3. Kentucky’s NBA Potential: I think a lot of these kids are going to be studs. We didn’t get to see many of them aside from Davis truly show just how great they are & will be. This is tied to the fact that they played as a team, and, touching on my earlier point, were unselfish in the name of winning it all.
4. Thomas Robinson: quietly had an amazing game dropping 18 Pts, 17 Reb, 1 Ast solidifying him as a top draft prospect.
PS: I’d like to give a BIG congrats to John Calipari for finally winning the ‘ship! Dude’s an amazing coach taking 3 different teams (ie, UMASS, Memphis, & now Kentucky) to the championship. Always been a big fan of his. Happy to see him finally get that ring.
SooOoo smooth n’ sensual. Captures your attention for sure. I can’t wait to hear the legit, mixed down, mastered version to have a quality listen. Reminds me of vintage D’Angelo. We have ourselves a lil gem here that most peeps don’t know about. Enjoy.
"When you live long enough and you step outside the routine of things, you just realize that you gotta be happy and honest to yourself. That’s all. Do things that make you happy. I don’t need anything to live, I don’t need this hotel room. I don’t buy anything excessively, I don’t even spend money. It doesn’t matter. I just want to be happy. That’s cool to me.
Every decision I make, I want to feel honest about. I’m not chasing opportunity. I don’t wanna do something for money if I’m not interested in it.”
Preach Skrills preach! Did you know he’s also met up and even done a lil work w/ Kanye West!? My fave artist of all time (ie, Kanye) w/ one of my top 5 artists right now! Ah shiiiiiit. Skrills also talks about his influences, the way he approaches music, and much more. Def some dope insight into him. Such a dope, chill, easygoing cat. Peep the full article here.