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NW$: 7 Reasons Hip Hop Has NO Billionaires!

When it was announced that Apple was acquiring Beats for $3 Billion, the hip hop blogosphere exploded with talks of Dre being hip hop’s first billionaire. Being the nerd that I am and having followed the acquisitions of tech companies like Instagram and Whatsapp, I understood that there were finer financial intricacies at play than cutting a check for 25% (Dre’s stake in Beats) of $3.2 Billion (The initial Beats sale price to Apple). After the dust settled and the acquisition was complete, Dre’s  post-Apple net worth was estimated to be in the neighborhood of $780 Million; leapfrogging him over Hov and Diddy, but still putting him more than $200 Million shy of the billion dollar mark.

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The Hood Isn't Online

It’s been a while since I wrote a No Chaser blog, and since the last one I’ve had several epiphanies that I need to address. Somewhere up in my top 10 of things I have come to realize is that my “hood” upbringing was a blessing in disguise. I say that because in most cases, if you have lived through a circumstance, you are more likely able to understand how or why it is the way that it is. Thus, there are a number of things that I hate about the “hood” that I know will never change. If it did, it would no longer be considered the “hood”. Keep that in mind as I continue.

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Keith Jacobs Actually Has a Good Video!

Its REALLY hard to put out a GREAT music video. A lot of people don't realize how many working parts have to come together seemlessly to pull off a truly great visual. I mean, not only does the song have to be DOPE... but the concept has to be DOPE and the actual camera work has to be DOPE too. You can even accomplish all that and still have someone else F&*@! it up in editing. So whenever we find something exceptional, we try to acknowledge it. Our friends over at @ATLTop20 blessed our inbox with this treat from R&B artist Keith Jacobs. The visual flawlessly blends live action video with motion graphics to deliver a bit of eyecandy with a plot. Not only did it draw me in, but it got my dedicated attention for the full 4 minutes. Kudos to Keith Jacobs. Watch, Share & Repost!

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Why Waste Money on CDs When Everyone Listens to Music Online?!

Today I ran across a very interesting report from Neilson. The report breaks the country down into regions and not only gives stats about how people get their music (Streaming, Paid or FREE), but also which devices they primarily use for listening to music (Phone, Computer, Car, TV, etc) and their primary means of discovering new music, beside radio and word of mouth (ie. Youtube, Pandora, Facebook, etc). What's so interesting about the report is in every region, the Car is the #1 device used to listen to music. 

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Here’s Why Commercial Radio Keeps Playing The Same Songs Over And Over And Over

It’s no secret that some songs just get hammered on radio. Did anyone manage to not hear Lorde’s inescapable ‘Royals’ in the last year? And hearing Pharrell Williams’ bouncy chart hit ‘Happy’ might not make you so cheery after you’ve heard it spun the umpteenth time in an hour.

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Radio VS The Internet: Shocking Report Reveals Where MOST People Discover NEW Music!

Found this great study that breaks down how people discover new music. At first glance, you'll quickly notice that AM/FM radio dominates with 35%, but if you really study the numbers there is more to learn. Here are a couple of key points we pulled from the data.

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7 Things You Must Know to Get Media Coverage

Everytime I personally attend a music conferences or speak on a panel I get a flood of independent artists telling me why we "need" to put them on the cover of Makin' It Magazine. While press coverage is a crucial ingredient for a successful career, how you approach media outlets will often be the differnce between your EPK turning into a front page story or ending up in the recycle bin. Here are 7 great tips every independent artist should implement for more successful media requests courtesy of @MsRivercity.

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8 Mixtape Mistakes to Avoid!

You spend months, even years, recording material for your mixtape – don’t throw it all away with poor planning and rookie mistakes. This article mostly applies to artist mixtapes, not DJ compilations. But DJs can take some advice from this as well. Make sure to leave your opinions and additional suggestions in the comments and/or Tweet me: @MsRivercity.

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Is Reality TV Hip Hop's New Hustle?

“Hell... I would walk to Brooklyn for some cheesecake if it meant a record deal. I’ve walked longer than that at events selling my CD and there wasn’t a contract waiting in my hotel room.” -Kelby Cannick (The Rapper), 2002

I think we can all remember that infamous scenario when hip hop and reality TV first officially collided. Diddy’s Making The Band 2, showed us just how far some rappers were willing to go for the validation of a record deal. I too was one of those artists, as you can tell from the opening quote, but as that first season played out, I quickly began to see that Reality TV and Hip Hop didn’t mix. It was too up close; too personal; too intrusive into the lives and shortcomings of the cast. It magnified their character flaws to an extent that it overshadowed their talents. The artists quickly became too ordinary, too commonplace, too REAL. This observation would later be proven with the eventual failure and disbanding of the Da Band.

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Why Wack Artists Get Deals!

Every month I find myself in a barbershop, record store, or club parking lot listening to artists complain that record labels will sign just about anybody. I hear them complaints about radio stations not playing independent music. I also hear them talk about the lack of opportunities for artists with real talent to get heard. I've listened to so many different versions of these same arguments for more than five years as an artist, a manager, a studio owner, and a consultant. These complaints were the exact reason that we put together our OnTheGrindMixtape.com. The goal of this site was to establish a level playing field where artists could submit music to DJs and A&Rs, with the best records receiving a serious promo push including placement on 5,000 Mixtapes distributed in Atlanta. Ironically, when I mentioned this program most artists would be all ears until i told them there was a $20 submission fee. I've had artists tell me everything from "You need to put me on there for free..." to "You should be paying me to submit music." I laugh it off because these are the same artists that sit around complaining about their situation, which brings me to the title of this article, "Why Wack Artists Get Deals!"

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