Artist Development

Artist Development is a big part of becoming a successful music artist. A lot of upcoming rappers and musicians are so focused on creating music that they forget to develop themselves into superstars. Creating good music is only part of the equation.

Initially, developing an artist was the responsibility of the labels and the A&R rep that “discovered” you. However, in today’s world, the responsibility of artist development is the hands of the artist themselves and their “camp” – and if done correctly, it is very profitable.

What is Artist Development?

Artist development is the process in which you help an artist positively shape their career for both the immediate future and long-term.

This can include helping a music artist improve their image, showing them how to network, helping them be professional, and more.

Depending on how far along in your music career you are, this process might sound a lot like what your manager does – and it should. Before you have a team of people who specialize in different aspects of your career that will help develop you and your career, your manager (or you) will fill this position overall. Artist development will help a lot with music promotion.

How To Develop Yourself As A Rapper

Developing yourself as a rapper is not as simple as just creating a home recording studio and recording music all day (although it helps). There’s a pretty big learning curve and it takes a long time before you develop into the artists that you’ve always dreamed you’d be. But, as long as you’re consistently working on developing yourself, you’ll continue to see improvements over time. Take a look below at some of our tips for developing yourself as a hip-hop artist.

Artist Development Tips:

Tips On How To Become A Successful Hip-Hop Artist

Mistakes Made By Independent Rappers

Being Professional in Hip-Hop

Tips On How To Become A Professional Hip-Hop Artis

Networking in Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop Networking Tips

Networking with Successful Rappers

Productivity in Hip-Hop

Don’t Be Afraid To Work Less As A Hip-Hop Artist

Team Building in Hip-Hop

When To Find A Music Manager

How To Make A Rap Song

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The Best Phone Apps For Aspiring Rappers

As a rapper/music artist, you’ll spend way more time on your phone than on a computer. Because of that, it’s much more efficient to be able to handle important aspects of your music career directly from your phone. Once you become a famous rapper, you’ll be able to afford to hire people (like a hip-hop …

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How To Organize Your Songs, Beats, Lyrics, And More

Learning how to organize songs, beats, lyrics, branding materials, and everything else is extremely important for your music career. It’s hard enough to put in all the work required to become a successful rapper or music artist, so there’s no need to make it more difficult by not being organized. There are many different ways …

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The Problem With Rap Name Generators

Rap name generators are very popular. While I understand why they’d be popular for people looking for funny names to share with friends and on social media, it makes little sense why someone who wants to become a successful rapper would use one. If you’ve ever had a hard time choosing a rap name you’ve …

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Building Relationships If You Don’t Have A Local Music Scene

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5 Tips For Writing A Music Biography

In my last article, I talked about why you should have an artist biography. If you haven’t read that article yet, you should definitely check it out. But, if you’re interested in creating an artist biography and don’t want to use our Music Artist Biography Service, this article will help you create your own. The …

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Why You Should Have A Professional Artist Biography

I’ve said this over and over again but becoming a successful rapper is more than just creating good music. The marketing and business side of becoming a successful music artist are just as important, which is why we’re going to talk about having a biography. What Is An Artist Biography? An artist biography includes detailed information about …

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3 Tips For Making A Music Video

Music videos are some of the most engaging pieces of content that you can put out as an artist. Not only do they help you extend the life of a single, but they also allow you to showcase different aspects of your brand, such as lifestyle and image. Shooting music videos are a lot of …

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The Difference Between A Mixtape & Album

If you’re listening to hip-hop today, you’ve probably been confused at least once about the term mixtape and album – and I completely understand why. One artist may release an album while another artist releases a mixtape and if you listen to them both, you’ll probably find it hard to tell the difference (from a music …

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How To Become A Famous Rapper

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When To Find A Music Manager In Hip-Hop

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How To Be A Professional Hip-Hop Artist

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Don’t Be Afraid To Work Less As A Hip-Hop Artist

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How To Set Goals As A Rapper That Make You Successful

I bet you didn’t think you’d be setting goals when you decided to become a rapper. That’s ok, most don’t. But, most rappers never become successful. So, let’s make sure you’re using the strategies that successful rappers use. Goals are one of the few things you can do as a rapper that can guarantee your …

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3 Benefits of Networking in Hip-Hop

In the corporate world, you’ll hear people talk about the benefits of networking all the time. We all have heard the saying “It’s not what you know, but who you know” and understand that there’s a great deal of truth to that statement – but in hip-hop, you rarely hear people talk about the act …

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