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What is success? We all have different perspectives on what it means. For many of us in the music industry, it means accolades. It means earning tons of money. It means Grammies. It means popularity. It means creating the dopest art possible and earning the respect of our peers. It means having a sh!t load of fans. For others, it isn't necessarily those things. And that's totally fine. Lately, I've been thinking about the common denominators of how successful peoples' brains are wired. What they went through. If they are truly happy. How they've maneuvered in the industry. An overall...

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Strictly for: The rapper, seeking to establish a working relationship with a hip-hop producer. 1. Be Honest There’s nothing worse than a liar. Producers appreciate honesty. The last thing you want to do is lie to someone about who you’ve worked with, or what “deals you have on the table”. Honesty is the start of a healthy working creative and business relationship. 2. Don’t Be Pretentious Telling a producer that you’ve got the power to “put them on” is actually a huge turn off. Regardless of what you believe you can bring to the table to help a producer, always...

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Strictly For: The Hip-Hop Producer looking to establish & maintain a career in music production. 1. Ask Yourself Why You’re Doing ItEveryone has a reason. Everyone makes choices, and those choices are entirely at the discretion of that individual. If you’re doing the “beat-making” thing because it’s actually fun, don’t stop. “Fun” usually starts off as a hobby, and it’s always healthy for us as human beings to do things that make us happy. That hobby could very well manifest into a serious career, if you play your cards right. If you’re doing the “beat-making” thing to make money, find...

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Plan A. Plan B. Plan C. We all have goals, dreams and back-up plans. Some of us have all of the above. Some of us have none of the above. One thing we all have as human beings are desires. Things we want to do and things we want to have. Life is about improving and enjoying.   When do we reach that ultimate place of peace where we can say to ourselves “I am 100% satisfied with life”, or “I’ve reached all of my goals, I am content now.”. The answer is NEVER. So the real question is “Well,...

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