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.
So, in this post, I’m going to share a few mobile phone apps that I’d recommend for rappers looking to handle a big portion of their music career from their phone.
Gmail Price: $0
Gmail iPhone App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gmail-email-by-google/id422689480?mt=8
Gmail Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.gm&hl=en_US
Email is going to be one of your most used apps as a rapper. You’ll be constantly reaching out to people and communicating back and forth via email, so it’s best to have this on your phone at all times.
In the rare case that you’re not using Gmail for email needs, you’ll have to download your email provider’s app or connect your email to your phone’s default mail app. While there’s nothing wrong with using the default mail app on iPhone or Android, I enjoy using Gmail’s app better.
2. Google Drive
Google Drive Price: $0
Google Drive iPhone App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-drive/id507874739
Google Drive Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs
If you’re organizing your songs, lyrics, beats, and marketing materials in Google Drive – having the app will make all of those documents available to you regardless if you’re near a computer or not. This can be extremely useful when on the road and you need to send a song or document to someone but don’t have a computer nearby.
You’ll be able to write songs, listen to beats you’ve added to Google Drive, share documents with your team, and other stuff quickly and easily.
If you’re using Gmail as your email provider, you’re already signed up for Google Drive. Simply log in using your Gmail username and password, and you’re good to go.
YNAB Price: $84 / year
YNAB Signup URL: https://artistshortcut.com/ynab
If you’re like most rappers, you’ve probably never heard of YNAB.
YNAB is an app that helps you see all of the money you have coming in, make a budget for your expenses, manage debt, track net worth, and more. I think it’s one of the most powerful and simple budgeting software available.
It does cost money and after your trial, you’ll need to pay for a year upfront (which comes out to ~$7 per month). However, the money this software will save you and the peace of mind that comes from having a handle on your finances is well worth it. It basically pays for itself.
I’ve been using it for about 4 years now to handle my personal and simple business finances.
Covve Price: $0 – $5 / month
Covve iPhone App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id958935377?mt=8
Covve is another app that I doubt you’ve ever heard of.
It’s a personal contact management system (CMS). All this means is, it helps you manage your relationships with people you know.
Relationships are one of the most important factors that separate successful artists from unsuccessful artists. Building relationships are the key to building a fan base early on.
This a newer app I’ve started recommending for a few of the following reasons:
- Allows you to set a reminder to reach out to people. When you get busy, you’ll probably forget to reach out to people you don’t talk to often – which weakens the relationship and your network. With this feature, that should no longer happen
- If you have a contact’s email address, Covve will search the internet for their social media profiles and attach them to the contact. This makes it really easy to follow your network online and have more opportunities to strengthen your relationship with them.
- Tag your contacts and search based on tags. This allows you to categorize producers, artists, managers, and more – which makes it very easy to segment a group of people you should reach out to.
- ‘”Leads” – Covve has this feature called ‘leads’ that allows you to request an introduction to a person that one of your contacts have in their network. For example, if one of your contacts have a record label executive in their network – you’ll be able to ask your contact to make an introduction all through this feature. I haven’t been able to fully dive in and use this feature yet but, on paper, it could be a game changer for upcoming rappers.
1Password Price: ~$36 / year
1Password Signup URL: https://1password.com/sign-up/
1Password iPhone App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/1password-password-manager/id568903335?mt=8
1Password Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agilebits.onepassword
1Password is an app that once I started using, I don’t know how I could without using it.
It allows you to securely store all of your usernames and passwords, credit card info, bank accounts, private documents, and other items.
The selling point is that you’ll have to remember 1 very secure password to login into the software instead of having to remember 100s of login usernames and passwords.
Now, if you’re like most people – you probably have 2-3 different passwords you use for everything. This creates a security risk should those passwords ever get leaked.
1Password allows you to remember 1 password (that you never enter anywhere else on the internet except for their app) and gives you the opportunity to change passwords for all of your platforms to something unique and secure without having to remember them all.
6. Voice Recorder / Memos
Voice Recorder / Memos Price: $0
Voice Recorder / Memos comes standard on iPhones and most Androids.
The main purpose of this app is to be able to record snippets and rap lines that you may forget.
So, why use a voice recorder instead of just quickly writing the lyrics down?
Well, if you’ve been recording music long enough – you know that it’s not always about what you said, it’s how you said it.
That’s where voice recorders shine.
They allow you to capture the emotion, the tone, the patterns, and a lot more than words on paper can – especially when you’ve thought of something dope on the fly.
Any Apps You Recommend?
Those are a few phone apps that I recommend for most rappers.
This list isn’t meant to be an end-all list, I’m sure there are hundreds of apps that we can make an argument for recommending.
Because there are so many different apps, I’m interested in what apps you use to help you manage your rap career?
Leave a comment below.
One of your apps may be extremely useful to another person reading this article.