Important Tips On How To Become A Successful Rapper

Article Written By: Darius Burgan
important tips on how to become a successful artist

Important Tips On How To Become A Successful Rapper

Important Tips On How To Become A Successful Rapper

Becoming a successful rapper or music artist is one of those “dream jobs” that everyone believes they can get but most people have no idea how to do so.

In order to become a successful music artist, you need a lot of moving parts to work together. These moving parts include areas such as music creation, networking, marketing, finances, operations, and more.

When looking at all of these moving parts from a high-level view, they can get overwhelming. However, once you start diving into each area – you’ll see that, while not easy, each area is fairly simple.

Despite the simplicity, a lot of upcoming music artists lack the education and “know-how” for becoming successful.

They typically go to the recording studio, create a song, and broadcast it on social media several times per day. This cycle usually repeats itself until the artist runs out of money or burns out.

Instead, most music artists should focus on learning and educate themselves about the different moving parts involved with becoming a successful artist.

Becoming a rapper, singer, or a music artist in any other genre is just like starting a business.

You wouldn’t start building houses if you didn’t know anything about construction. So why would you start a music career when you don’t know anything about the music industry?

So, in this post, I’m going to give you a few tips that I think will help you on your journey to becoming a successful music artist.

Create Good Music For Your Target Audience

create good music for your target audience

While I’m not a big fan of telling artists to just focus on making good music if they want to be successful – making good music for your target audience is a top priority.

Making good music for your target audience will allow your records to emotionally connect with current/potential fans.

Now, when I say emotionally connect with fans, I don’t mean you have to make them cry or feel happy. There are a lot of different emotions that you can make the listener feel.

Some of the emotions you can make the listener feel through music include:

  • Excitement
  • Confidence
  • Anger
  • Envy
  • Motivation
  • Happiness
  • Love
  • Trust

Regardless of what emotions you’d like to make the listeners feel, you need to study your target audience to get an idea of what emotions your target audience is looking to receive.

If your target audience is, on average, joyful and positive – it will be a lot easier to make them feel more joyful and positive than it would be to make them feel sad and depressed.

Here are a few things you should learn about your target audience (on average) to better understand them:

  • How old are they?
  • Are your listeners majority men or woman?
  • What are their hobbies?
  • Do they use slang often? If so, what words or phrases are most popular?
  • Do they (on average) have a similar problem that you can help them solve? (for example, maybe most of your target audience has a problem getting jobs after college)

And, that list doesn’t stop there. There is a lot more you can learn about your target audience.

The more you know about them, the easier it will be to connect with them. You’ll know all the right things to say that they can relate to and, overall, be able to give them a feeling that they won’t forget when listening to your music.

Focus Your Efforts

focus your efforts

You’re not going to be able to make music that everyone likes, it’s not possible. Not because you’re not talented or anything, but because different people have different taste in music.

Instead, you should focus your efforts on a specific target audience.

By focusing your efforts on a specific target audience, it makes it easier for you to make good music, tailor your interest, and perfect your image.

You want to become the number one music artist for that specific audience.

By becoming the number one music artist for that audience, you will not only be able to build a fan base full of loyal supporters but you will also be able to capture the attention of a broader audience.

However, make sure to carefully think about the target audience you plan on targeting. You do not want to jump from one target audience to another (unless they are very similar with only small changes between the two).

Jumping from one audience to another can severely hurt you brand if not done with a smooth transition and enough space between the transition. When done incorrectly, it can make you look desperate for attention and like you have no idea what you’re doing.

Once time passes, if you feel that the audience you’re targeting isn’t a good fit for you and your music after all – rebrand yourself and your music, then go after a different audience.

Have Goals

make sure you have goals

Goals are one of the harder areas for upcoming music artists to master. Not because setting goals are difficult, but because you have to make a decision on what you really want.

A lot of music artists have several different goals that they’re trying to achieve at one time. This leads them to do 50% of the work for Goal A and then 50% of the work for Goal B. So, instead of being 100% done with Goal A or B – they’re now halfway done with two goals.

Goals are meant to give you direction and purpose. Without them, you’re stuck doing stuff until something major happens or you burn out.

So, before you start buying home recording studio equipment, recording your music, and marketing yourself – create goals.

I’m not sure why this isn’t talked about as much when trying to become a successful music artist, but it’s all a part of artist development.

To get started with setting goals, I recommend you “reverse engineer” your goals or work backwards.

I talk about this strategy in the “How To Set Goals As A Rapper” post but will give you an overview on how you should set your goals here

Figure out what you’d like to achieve and in what time-frame.

Are you looking to build a bigger fan base this year?

Make money from your music?

Create more songs?

Regardless of what your goals are, the process I recommend you follow goes like this:

Create A Yearly Goal

Your yearly goal should be a milestone/accomplishment that you’d like to hit within 12 months. This goal should also be one that will drastically change your life for the better.

With a life-expectancy of about 71 on average across the world (6 or 7 more years if you’re in the USA), and if we assume you started setting yearly goals at age 21, you’ll only be able to set 50 (57 if you’re in the USA) of these yearly goals before you die.

You only have 50 chances to make your life drastically better than the previous year.

Please don’t waste this goal.

Create Monthly Goals

Once you’ve set your yearly goals, it’s relatively simple to create your monthly goals.

You should dissect your yearly goal into 12 different steps or milestones that, when completed, will accomplish your yearly goal. These steps/milestones will become your monthly goals.

You will have to place these steps/milestones in an order that makes sense for your yearly goal, but every month should be a new step/milestone that you dissected from your yearly goal.

Create Weekly Goals

When creating weekly goals, you’re going to follow the same process as creating monthly goals. The only difference is that instead of dissecting your monthly goal into 12 different steps/milestones, you’re going to dissect it into 4 different steps/milestones.

The reason we’re dissecting our monthly goal into 4 different steps/milestones is that there are only 4 weeks in a month.

Example Goal via Reverse Engineering

Let’s say that your yearly goal was to make enough money from music that would allow you to focus on it full-time. We’re also going to assume that $30,000 per year would be the minimum amount you’d need to live.

Based on that information, your yearly goal is to make $30,000.

Now that we know what your yearly goal is, we can create the month goals. Like I said above, to create your monthly goal – we have to dissect your yearly goal into 12 different steps/milestones.

$30,000 divided by 12 is $2,500.

Based on our calculation above, your monthly goal should be to make $2500 per month.

Now that we know what your monthly goal is, we can create your weekly goal. Like I said above, to create your weekly goal – we have to dissect your monthly goal into 4 different steps/milestones.

$2,500 divided by 4 is $625 per week.

In order to hit your yearly goal and focus on music full-time – your weekly goal is to make $625 per week.

You could go into more detail and create daily goals but, to keep this simple, we’re going not going to focus on those.

However, you have to figure out how to make $625 per week.

Maybe you already have 200 true fans that support most things you do. In order to hit $625 per week – you’d need at least $3.13 per week (or $12.50 per month) from each of those true fans in order to hit your yearly goal.

Maybe you already have thousands of fans that like listening to your music. In order to hit $625 per week – you’d need 85,035 streams per week (12,148 per day) from Apple Music (based on 2016 streaming data).

You see, while in no way is it easy, it’s very simple. By creating these goals, it will give you direction and help you focus.

Improve Your Social Media Presence

improve your social media presence
Social media is an area that most people, regardless if you’re a music artist or not, can improve on (including myself).

A lot of upcoming music artists have several different social media accounts that haven’t been updated in a month, full of spam from promoting the same music every few hours, or filled with a lot of memes and irrelevant photos/videos.

It’s extremely easy for your social media platforms to get out of control. One minute you’re posting content daily, the next minute you realize that you haven’t posted anything in weeks and spent all of your time liking photos from fitness models and celebrities.

If you find yourself doing the above or simply not posting consistently, you may need to reduce the number of social media platforms you use.

This may sound counter-intuitive. You may be thinking “Shouldn’t I be on as many platforms as possible so that I have a better chance of getting fans?” – but the answer is no.

It’s much better to have a good looking brand on 1-2 social platforms than it is to have a lackluster brand on 10 different social platforms.

By having a good looking brand on 1-2 social platforms, as your engagement and followers increase – it will make transitioning into an additional social platform much easier.

So, how do you decide which social media platforms to use?

Figure out which platform will allow you to reach and connect with your target audience the quickest or cheapest (depending on if you have more time than money or vice-versa).

Now, I recommend you start with 2-3 social media platforms.

But Darius, you just said that I should focus on 1 or 2 social platforms? Yea, I know. But the reason I’m saying to start with 2-3 of the social platforms above is that they will serve 2 different purposes.

One of the social media platforms will be used as a “profile”. What I mean by this is that the “profile” platform will be used to display you as a person/music artist. It allows potential fans to not only get to know you better but also engage with you.

Social media platforms I recommend using for a “profile” (choose one to start):

  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • Facebook

The other social media platform will be used for “artist discovery”. What I mean by this is that the “artist discovery” platform’s main job will be to build your audience.

These types of platforms usually have a high percentage of users searching for new content or a relatively higher probability of content going viral.

Social media platforms I recommend using for “artist discovery” include (choose one to start):

  • YouTube
  • SoundCloud
  • Spotify
  • Apple Music (Playlists)

Now, I’m a big fan of using YouTube as a starter “artist discovery” platform. It’s free, is the 2nd biggest search engine online (meaning more people search YouTube than almost anywhere else – except Google), and since it has similar features as a “profile” platform – you can get extra benefits from it.

However, you’re free to choose whatever “artist discovery” platform you feel will best help you.

Have A Website

make sure you have a website

Every rapper/music artist should have a website that showcases their music and brand.

Your website is the only property on the internet that you actually own. It’s your headquarters – it will allow you to take your marketing to the next level.

After installing an analytics software like Google Analytics –
you’ll be able to track everyone who views your website and determine how they got to your website, their age, location, and so much more.

And, once you start incorporating paid advertising and remarketing into your marketing strategy, that data will come in hand.

If you don’t already have a website, you can learn how to create a music website here.

Network With Influential People

network with influential people

Networking is one of the most important things in the music industry. Regardless of what stage you’re currently at in your music career, you should be networking. The opportunities that become available due to being in the right circles are incredible.

Networking with the right people will put you on the fast path to success.

You should attend as many events (both local and national) as possible and spark up conversations with as many people as possible. While networking online is great and can yield some of the same results – there’s something about putting a face to an internet profile that makes in-person networking a lot more effective.

If you can’t attend a lot of events due to age, transportation, or whatever – prioritize internet networking. Social platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube make it easy to spark up a conversation with anyone.

Also, make sure you’re always on the giving side of the relationship.

The more you’re able to help someone – the more likely they are to look out for you and send opportunities or new contacts your way.

Building long-term relationships are essential – and networking with a selfish intent will not help you build long-term relationships.

Learn more here: How to make connections in the music industry

Pay Attention To People, Not Stats

pay attention to people not stats

Focusing on stats instead of people is a big problem that a lot of upcoming rappers/music artists have. They’re paying attention to the wrong metrics when it comes to deciding if they’re moving forward in their music career.

Some of the metrics that music artists tend to focus on to validate their music career include:

  • “Views”
  • “Downloads”
  • “Plays”
  • “Followers”

Now, there’s nothing with paying attention to these metrics. The problem starts when you begin to value these metrics over people.

You can have 10+ million views on YouTube, 5+ million Soundcloud plays, and a combined 2+ million followers on Twitter and Instagram – but if you can’t sell tickets to a live show or move your merchandise, you’re not a successful artist – regardless of what your stats say.

However, if you focus on building a fan base for your music career that consists of real people that genuinely like and support you – you’ll be able to consistently get views, downloads, and song plays – while being able to sell out shows and build a sustainable career.

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114 comments

  • rollytizzle
    November 9, 2017 Reply

    Money to start is my problem

  • Raven mixxscene
    November 5, 2017 Reply

    Being consistent and budgeting ,

  • Nathan
    October 31, 2017 Reply

    The hardest part is finding that perfect producer that treats you as a friend who also fits your style of beats and everything else.

  • tawanda godknows chimusoro
    October 25, 2017 Reply

    i am pleased with the article.gave me an insite on what l have been lacking.problem is cant find the right audience.locals hate my music its hard for me to freestle n throwin bar am jus good wth pen

  • Shanelle
    October 17, 2017 Reply

    The problem for me as of right now is the communication part i kind of get frozen up at times but sometimes when i put my mind into it ill eventually relax and be myself...but theres a couple things i need to defiantly work on before i step in the seen.

  • yung kuzzy
    October 12, 2017 Reply

    dee jay let me down everytime they dont want to play my song and no local show going... music is not easy now are days music go for money if you av money you blow you af proper networking...........

  • Chris delen
    October 5, 2017 Reply

    the problem is i am a rapper but i can't find or figure out what to do to be on the right track

    • Darius Burgan
      October 5, 2017 Reply

      Read other articles on this site and you'll start to get an idea of what you need to do in order to get on the right track for your music career.

  • D. G
    September 29, 2017 Reply

    Good article. My issue is, where I’m from no one wants no one to “shine”. Nothing but haters. Including bloggers and promoters. They don’t srperate business from their pleasures. Meaning if they are affiliated with someone whose envious & he or she gives them the word to not book/playbetc your music, they’ll do exactly that and shun you as if they don’t want to give “word of mouth” about you. Why? Because they know you will Blow. Of coarse one has to know if they are good or not but yhis modern industry is filled with fakes and snakes.

  • Kris
    September 28, 2017 Reply

    I want to be a singer and rapper, but I have Epilepsy and my whole family's worried about me haveing seizures during a concert if I ever get there. On top of that, I'm a dirt poor nobody. But I know I'm good. I just have to get there.

  • Hakeem
    September 25, 2017 Reply

    Include me in your mailing list.

  • tony
    June 9, 2017 Reply

    i see,we are a few. who wants to be successfull in rapping.nothing stand in the way of success.we must go for it guys.

  • Jd
    June 3, 2017 Reply

    Me just focusing on startin my career

  • BigN
    May 15, 2017 Reply

    Hello; Im Nate a 2 year going along "rapper" and im 'only sixteen and studying this art as much as I can, listening to so called unknown rappers, and rappers who can give you a good start to lyrics and flow such as @Logic. I guess ill start this post with a blast from the past. I was born in Atlanta GA, and have had a life threatening past, me and my mother have almost been stabbed by a drug dealing BF of hers, and many other story's. I have the background and the good experiences to dig through my mind for memories and words, rhymes, the works if that makes any sense. So we moved from Atlanta, to WV (drug world), to the east coast of NC, to rural Arkansas where i currently am now. My problem i think most; would be my location, i am not near anywhere that is "related" to music. The location i live in is more of a farming scene which i love equally as much as rapping in my free time. I can come up with my own beats, but don't know how to make them physical. Like, for example on a recorder so you can actually hear them, cant pull them and create them from the image in my mind. In my heart (like everyone else im sure) i have that feeling i can be something big, but need to know what to do in order for that to happen. My lyrics IMO are golden and have barely any imperfections, and as i said im still learning everything and studying day by day on this so called art. So here are my questions that im hopeful you can answer: Location... i have connections to Atlanta and i go there every year, where would i start there or here in north AR to get a studio? The list; i usually work off of a "to do list" in order to something or accomplish a goal, is there such thing for a business like this? i guess you kind of made one yourself in this article (lol) but i am just looking for a yes/no answer. What to do and get started: Do i just start making YT videos and Facebook posts in order to slowly climb? will producers (or whatever) come to me or do i crawl to them? I have many other questions but ill ask after these are answered. Thank you in advance. BigN

  • youngest Breezy
    May 5, 2017 Reply

    Hello am an upcoming rapper/r&b artist am good in both but my main problem is financial support in shooting a classic video and marketing them on social media and tv or radio station. I really got the talent to it but no sponsor.not forgetting I really appreciate your effect being like a good father to us may your blessings flow for forever.

  • Stone DsaraD
    May 4, 2017 Reply

    Hey hello? I am Rapper Stone DsaraD from Kenya. I have been writing lyrics and composed a lot of songs but I lack the financial support to record my songs in the big recording labels. Basically I wanted to know the effect of starting off your music career at the local industry?

  • Taylor Hicken
    April 26, 2017 Reply

    My son has been thinking about becoming a rapper, but I haven't been a big fan about this idea. I'm hoping that I can convince him to go towards another career in life. He's told me that he has his own website, and social media platforms, but I don't know how popular his work is.

  • LiL Mop
    April 24, 2017 Reply

    I need help with publicity. The hardest thing for me is getting myself out there. For some reason it seems like the people who dont care about promoting there music and things like that are the people who make it out but the people actually pushing get nowhere. Advice?

  • Odira Ike
    April 16, 2017 Reply

    Being new in the game makes it very difficult and ds is my biggest challenge...most people wanna hear no new shit from upcoming rappers...nobody wanna roll wit em...how do I solve this

  • Jeison
    April 3, 2017 Reply

    Do you have to be able to sing or have a good voice to rap?

  • Yilliang Peng
    March 27, 2017 Reply

    I appreciate all of the information listed here on how to become a successful rapper. My son really wants to become one of the first big Chinese rappers and practices in his room often. I am trying to get closer to him and strengthen our relationship so maybe this knowledge will help! Thanks for the information!

  • precious
    March 17, 2017 Reply

    can you make it big without a lot in your bank account nowadays

    • Darius Burgan
      March 18, 2017 Reply

      Absolutely!

  • Cocaine Wayne
    March 16, 2017 Reply

    The hardest thing for me is drawing a larger fanbase. The few fans I have love my music but, I really wanna show the world what I'm made of.

  • Luis Wap
    March 6, 2017 Reply

    I'm going to try to become a cool rapper, and trying to get alot and alot of fans

  • jerry
    March 6, 2017 Reply

    jerry joe when i try to write down some lyrics,i just can't find anything coming out of my brains..

    • Saffrawn
      April 4, 2017 Reply

      Happens to me too, just write about you life, it usually works. And it's original, because no one knows that story better than you...

  • Jalen
    February 15, 2017 Reply

    I'm actually doing good , I just don't know my next step I have a Lil fan base going I've been working every night , investing money in myself . I literally started from the bottom & rising but I want to keep rising but idk how - I'm on YouTube - look up Jrel gigging & Ja'Rell hope&pray

  • Reydel Castillo
    January 24, 2017 Reply

    One of my biggest problems in pursuing the music industry was my huge lack of self-confidence that came from hating my own voice. I only recently started to overcome my fear of being known as "trash" because of positive feedback that I've gotten from people who have listens to my samples. Also I'm a little older and headstrong than I used to be so I won't let anything stop me.

    • Darius Burgan
      February 8, 2017 Reply

      You've got to be confident bro! Your voice, regardless if you like it or not - is unique. Got to keep pushing

  • Kay Mensa
    January 17, 2017 Reply

    Hi! my name is Kay Mensa. I'm an independent hip pop artiste from Ghana.I've been rapping for five years now but haven't made any progress. I need tips on building a broad fan base as well as promoting and marketing my brand.

    • Rudy Sutherland
      January 17, 2017 Reply

      Kay Mensa you should really consider marketing your brand through Facebook advertising. You will be able to reach your target audience with accuracy and all that you will have to worry about is making a good product.

  • Mitch
    January 17, 2017 Reply

    The hardest thing for me is actually getting started. There's a lot of intimidation being who I am and where I'm from. If I were to openly release a song, something input work and passion into, it'd not only get laughs, it wouldn't even get the respect it deserved. I come from a place where you pretty much go to school, live a normal life and get a job or else you're an outcast. I've been an outcast my whole life so I'm okay with this, while I'm not quick to share my passion with anyone. I write all the time, find beats daily; I've been doing this for a few years and I tell nobody. Not even close friends. I've just purchased a mic and an interface and I'm ready to begin trying to recording some of my work. I've been doing tons of research on recording and things of that nature. I've got a little at home studio set up in a corner of my room and I'm beyond excited/anxious to get started. Essentially the struggle is having to do this alone. The social struggle. The struggle of feeling like you are from a place where you're not even "allowed" to pursue what you want. I feel like I've been told what to do my whole life, and I can't wait to quietly pursue my own ambitions. This article has been extremely helpful and motivational for me. I am going to begin setting my goals ASAP. Thank you!

    • BigN
      May 15, 2017 Reply

      In the same hole so to speak as you, im sixteen and can freestyle fairly good, I have been doing this since I was fourteen so I practice aloud whenever I can. My personal problem ill post up but im in a rural area so idk what to do. I don't even know where to start.

  • chuck
    January 8, 2017 Reply

    yoooo if this real i'll buy you a big black american pussy

  • Juztin Antwuan
    January 6, 2017 Reply

    Hey my name is Juztin aka Ju Mane and I'm a independent hiphop recording artist out of Indianapolis, in....I've been rapping for about 4 yrs now and I haven't made too much progress....I just need a few tips on building a broader fan base as well promoting and marketing....any suggestions

  • Markus
    January 6, 2017 Reply

    Hi Darius my name is Markus, I'm a rapper and occasional producer in Dallas Texas area, I've viewed all of the content you have posted about being a successful artist very thoroughly and I am still in the process of seeing more of your videos. One thing in particular I took note of was be sure to know your target audience, and I overall want to make conscious hip-hop. I want to be able to exceed Kendrick Lamar lyrically, and bring more to the table but i feel like the Dallas area is not as friendly that type of music, what would be your advice on this situation? Also I have another question i would very much like to ask you privately through email, do you think you shoot me an email so I can ask you? Thanks for the videos I, and I'm sure other up and coming artist, appreciate them very much

    • Darius Burgan
      January 6, 2017 Reply

      darius @ artistshortcut . com

  • Brian D
    December 15, 2016 Reply

    This is a great article, I have been doing music for a while now. I know why I haven't made yet tho. Its because I always kept music as a hobby not a career. Though I'm always told why not, and honestly I think its being lazy. I just enjoy making music, I have had over 100k downloads and datpiff on my 1st and only mix tape which magically got earsed lol. Even years ago got offered a deal by murder inc when they was still relevant but good thing I did not accept. However that goes back yo your point knowing people, that's exactly how that happen. Basically I feel I should at least give one big real push, just have to put everything you said into play. Check me out on datpiff just type bstreetz in the search mixtape is called "The wake up call" good luck to all and shout out for this good post. Any type of callabs whether beats or anything feel free to email me at [email protected] please respect criticism though. Bstreetz aka swavy

    • Xolisa mdamoyi
      August 21, 2017 Reply

      Cool kid is my rap name still in my mind not yet out there I've wrote a lot off track/songs but the few that I've recorded ,is supposed to be hit songs but because of the studios where I'm recording at they all spoild ,so now I'm afraid of posting track that's not in good quality ,coz people out there they first judge the quality then listen to your lyrics ,if I can find a proper studio I believe and confident that I do have a place in the music or to be specific hip hop industry, and off adding all the advice that you guys gave me But struggle continues coz me pushing hard will also help others to that ist happening, focus and perseverance is the way

  • Kaelynn Wilson
    December 12, 2016 Reply

    My problem is I'm not big on social media! I don't have many followers and I'm not a picture taker like that so that is a disadvantage in this generation. What do I do about that? Also, I have little knowledge on shows and local events

    • Darius Burgan
      December 14, 2016 Reply

      Sometimes you have to step outside of your comfort zone. If you have little knowledge about local shows and events, you should start going to them. The more you attend, the more familiar faces you'll see and the more you'll start to learn about your city.

  • Tz Vik Tonii
    December 4, 2016 Reply

    Hey darius.. ur article is very helpful i.. tanx a lot. my problem should b lack of self confidence.. i dont think my lines are dat sick even when a lot of my friends think its very bad.. and after writing a rap in a feature with someone, i always think d persons verse is better .. i need advice please.. Facebook is #tz vik tonii .. u seem very wise and i need a lot of advice.. am 18

  • Pero C
    November 28, 2016 Reply

    Im Pero C by name im from Nigeria, im a rapper i want to know how to Gain my Audience, My mentor is Jcole But every time i download different combination of rap albums online, Sometimes i just need a new sound to clean my Ears up, But the problem im having is how to know my audience,There is a genre of music like Jcole i follow when writing raps. And thats is telling a story about a love experience i encounter in my little age. I know is a song i wrote to a girl i once Loved in highschool. she always cheated on me. due to the fact that im not the hard guy i always dont take it hard on her, still i play cool. thinking she gone fall back, like that story between and she was a song i wrote and Called I know, Story telling songs is what im trying on to know who my Audience are, I love doing Classic songs and they are music for the souls, The funny Part is my name is Conscience, Not long i ask my mother why she named me Conscience? Because you need to yourself and where you are coming form. Before writhing a rap line.. here is my Email [email protected]

  • Boy Cheez
    October 30, 2016 Reply

    Cool article

  • Sage
    October 18, 2016 Reply

    Hello, i have a really good Sound to my rap that is pleasing to the ear. As in i Have a unique voice and its a consistent one as well. I have a 3 Problems, first i am unsure of the best ways to obtain quality beats and i dont know the best places to go to get them. Second, I dont know how to release my music where people will hear it and know about it. Third, im not sure if i should go to a studio with just one track or should i do multiple first. I just dont want to spend the money on the beat and studio time if nobody will hear it after. Please help?

  • p-nel
    October 12, 2016 Reply

    im from Kenya a beautifull country full of young talents,im a rapper self made doing great things in my local dialect"swahili rap",i agree its nt easy to be who we wanna be at the time we realy wanna be,but patience,insight,exposure,humility works in handy to craft a rapper,i dnt need to rush to become a crap rapper,we all need to learn what we need to have to get what it takes to be to be us,thanks and i like this site darius.

    • Darius Burgan
      October 12, 2016 Reply

      That's a good mindset to have!

  • lil-noxin
    October 12, 2016 Reply

    cos my producer once told mi, just sing as if as u re already they.and before u get a sponsor u must spend money mind u the game is expensive

  • lil-noxin
    October 12, 2016 Reply

    well am an upcoming artist from Nigeria,I must say that one of the problem is that some rappers don't Even work harder on their flows. OK u re ready to promote a jamz and u said u wanna be like drake or big Sean OK simple try to rap like them.then u started vomiting shit.what am trying to say is that ,number one thing is having the TALENT

    • Darius Burgan
      October 12, 2016 Reply

      Talent definitely helps

  • chi black
    October 6, 2016 Reply

    Mine name is chijioke obodo but mine stage name is chiblack am a good upcoming artists av drop some good song out for people to keep playing and dancing ,but mine problem is I don't know how to market mine self and finacia problem

  • emmanuel
    October 3, 2016 Reply

    Well one of my major problem is insufficient fund, and also lack of courage, no proper sponsor or maybe guardian. I really need someone to encourage me, back me up nd and be my support.

    • Darius Burgan
      October 12, 2016 Reply

      Sometimes you've got to just grind it out bro. If you don't have the money, learn how to do what you were going to pay someone to do. For a lot of us, we've got to be our own supporters until people believe in us like we believe in ourselves.

  • Belteshazzar
    September 27, 2016 Reply

    My biggest challenge has been trying to develop my brand and promote it properly I have talent just need someone to believe in me that can put me in the place I need to be. Doomp tha Hazzard an upcoming artist.

    • Darius Burgan
      October 1, 2016 Reply

      what place do you need to be?

  • Young sky
    September 17, 2016 Reply

    Hardest part is definitely getting your fan base up and just saving up money in general. But you need to put in money to make it back and more.

    • Darius Burgan
      September 21, 2016 Reply

      It might be helpful to learn about personal finance to help with saving money. Don't forget, time is just as valuable (actually more valuable IMO) as money. In most cases, if you don't have money, you have time. Use that time to learn how to do what you were going to pay somebody to do.

  • Bright
    August 24, 2016 Reply

    I believe I'm a unique artist, my only problem is I cannot market myself properly. I've been making music and got some people dancing and positively commenting to it. What do you think I have to start doing in order to make it.

    • Darius Burgan
      August 24, 2016 Reply

      You should probably learn how to market yourself properly. What have you been doing so far to promote yourself?

  • Edmond eriz jr.
    August 16, 2016 Reply

    So im a 13 year old rapper.My maneger has been in the game for a while,almost achieved fame,was featured on world star hip hop,but he settled down.Anyways,Its really hard to get a big audience besides the people i know.How can i expand my audience over time?

  • John
    August 16, 2016 Reply

    I want you to know I'm 5 years I'm the next big rapper God bless me and see me through and when I get money I'm giving u 100 thousand for the tips

  • Nigga XJ (Panda)
    August 1, 2016 Reply

    i appreciate this article .I'm in Zimbabwe and I'm deep into hiphop.Just Lacking financial support but I feel my lyrics are so good and iam targeting 17-24 ..age group ..I have a good stage name ..Iam just lacking money ..to record colabos with well known artists coz ey are demanding ..stack of cash ...But would like to thank you for posting this ..thumbs up man

  • Rudie M.C
    July 31, 2016 Reply

    Good advice, my problem at the mo is finding my audience. I used to chat to drum and bass and then house and garage which was simple because the lyrix didnt have to tell a story you just talk about good vibes etc, ive been rapping for a bit now and i dont want to chat about things im not into or want to get involved with, i dont gangster rap coz im not tryna have a gangster life and i feel that alot of people now a days are into that (even people who arent gangster at all) i talk about old skool days and how its fun etc but im not gettin no love. Really dont know what direction to go in now because i dont think i should have to change what i rap about to be successful, you get what i mean?

    • Darius Burgan
      July 31, 2016 Reply

      I get exactly what you mean. In cases like these, you usually have 1 of these problems (or both): 1. Your music isn't good enough for the people you're trying to get to listen to it 2. You're marketing your music to the wrong people Since you said you have a problem finding your audience, I'll assume it's #2. The easiest way to find your audience, in my opinion, is to find a successful artist with a similar sound, style, or content – and start marketing your music to their audience.

  • A.T.
    July 29, 2016 Reply

    Figuring out my target audience. Also debating on changing my name.

    • Darius Burgan
      July 29, 2016 Reply

      Any reason why you'd like to change your name?

  • sarah
    July 28, 2016 Reply

    Can you please contact me by my email 😀

  • Mo
    July 28, 2016 Reply

    how can i be successful when i have got the talent but can not afford the studio sessions or even the beats

    • Darius Burgan
      July 28, 2016 Reply

      Figure out what you can afford and then work from there. You're going to need some money to either build your home studio or go to the studio.

  • sarah
    July 27, 2016 Reply

    Hey...so are you a music maker or what?

    • Darius Burgan
      July 27, 2016 Reply

      I'm a lot of things :)

  • Keith
    July 25, 2016 Reply

    Hey Darius can you please delete my post I made on April. 20th? I'm getting a lot of emails from artist. I appreciate the reaching out but the emails are flooding my inbox. I'm not an executive for record labels. I think some may have the wrong idea. My name is Keith Richardson. I'd greatly appreciate it sir. Thank you.

    • Darius Burgan
      July 25, 2016 Reply

      Just removed your contact info from that comment, Keith. Thanks for letting me know.

  • Matthew
    July 24, 2016 Reply

    This is a helpful article but I don't know were to start I want show what I can do to the world

    • Darius Burgan
      July 25, 2016 Reply

      Have you started making music yet?

  • Sarah
    July 24, 2016 Reply

    Yeah dat would be great!

    • Darius Burgan
      July 24, 2016 Reply

      I'd recommend you think of a name that means something to you and go with that. But, if you really need some help, try "IamSarah".

  • BAGON DRAY
    July 23, 2016 Reply

    Holla guys, Am Bagon Dray..Am a rapper inspired by EazyE Kendrick Lamar & Eminem I've been rapping since 2012 and started writing my own songs in 2015 now am having so far over 40 rap songs ..and I've also managed to promote myself but its kinda harder. Still I've failed to get a good number of fans ...My voice is already good,worked on it..And ready to get to the studio but Im scared that they might spoil my songs coz they're nt de best recording studios I should want to work in..I want an international studio, manager to manage me..so that's the problem am getting yet years are also running ..Right now am Sixteen (16)yrs old...I wanna be a legend in the world ..coz I know I will make it but where to start from....Anyone who could want to help me my Email [email protected] or twitter.com/bagondray & facebook.com/arnold.bagonza.5 Fb Page facebook.com/bagondraymusic For proval about my work Google up me BAGON DRAY. Please help me......Need your help....THANKS.

  • sarah
    July 20, 2016 Reply

    I am a girl and its kinda hard for me to rap. I write alot of lyrics but i still think they are not good enough. I wanna make change bring it out to the world. Being successful is what i want all. My family thinks imma be a bad girl ,well its what i wanna do but i need support for this shit. Everyday i think 'bout myself as a hiphop artist and everything. Here is the problem i need a stage name . let me know

    • Darius Burgan
      July 21, 2016 Reply

      Are you asking me to help you think of a stage name?

    • qhilo
      July 12, 2017 Reply

      what kind of music do you make so i can suggest a litty stage name for ya...?

  • Blank
    July 4, 2016 Reply

    Can I become a rapper if I cant make any beats?

    • Darius Burgan
      July 4, 2016 Reply

      Yes

  • Horace
    July 1, 2016 Reply

    I just want to gain more fans and get people to listen to my music.

    • Darius Burgan
      July 1, 2016 Reply

      What's stopping you from gaining more fans?

  • Nezz Wilson
    June 30, 2016 Reply

    What's up my name is "Nezz Wilson". I'm an artist from Detroit, Michigan. You can find me all over Google ect. But in my city my sound doesn't fit the criteria. I'm a very versatile artist. But I feel my biggest problem is branding myself. Atleast that's what I feel. But being that my music isn't "Street" it's hard to appeal to the masses. Not to mention I don't have any financial support. I can get studio time when I want & upload songs all day but I choose not to. I'm currently living in Dallas, Texas now with no idea on where to start due to me being new to the city & state. Not to mention I feel like it's hard to market me due to me being versatile but then again I feel that's a great asset to have. Honestly people have told me I'm talented but I just don't know where to start. My only "Real" goal was to gain a buzz around the Detroit scene but I'm over looked due to the majority of the crowd. But I still don't know where to start. I just don't know what to do. The only thing on my mind is make music & promote. But I just don't know where to start as far as promotion. I'm literally everywhere on social media. So if you could take a look at my social media pages & give me feedback on what to do I'd be grateful because I'm honestly lost right now. I really need a sign. Thank you for the time.

    • Darius Burgan
      July 1, 2016 Reply

      Hey Nezz, It does sounds like you're having a problem with branding and marketing. I think you should focus on 1 sound as an artists and then promote your music to people who like that sound. The easiest way to do this in my opinion is to find a popular artist's music that closely resembles what you're currently making, and then target their fans. Your main focus should be to build an audience. Being versatile will come in handy if you choose to do any somgwriting down the road.

  • Jason
    June 28, 2016 Reply

    For me it was not having goals .

  • curtis ross
    June 27, 2016 Reply

    i would like to receive all music no0tifications especially from kenya

    • Obanda
      September 13, 2016 Reply

      Hey ross am a kenyan rapper.. Mayb u can chek out my pieces. Email me at [email protected] thank you

  • Clarence
    June 10, 2016 Reply

    Hey what an article!!!!! I'm C-lo what I think it is for me has been time all around I believe also its my location at the present moment I live in San Diego , ca. But I'm born and raised in new York all my life the whole tone of hip hop is tottally different here before that it was jail that got in the way although I wrote a lot of shit there it held me back from the business aspect of it . so to fastward now it currently my location and work right now its limits the time I can spend on music honestly though on my days off I can kick out 3-6 songs with hooks and not abc crap by far!!!

  • Tru Montana Dooney
    May 8, 2016 Reply

    Not really the biggest problem, but more so stressful. At this beginning stage of my career, promoting myself, building a brand. The brand is me, so am I build my brand behind my music or behind me myself ?

    • Darius Burgan
      May 8, 2016 Reply

      You can do both, but I'd say focus on what's working the best for you at the moment, in regards to building an audience. Some people use fashion or comedy to build their audience and then release music, others are able to build their audience solely from music. What are you currently known for in your city?

  • str8 d
    May 7, 2016 Reply

    finding studio that's producer is a1 but not high as hell

    • Darius Burgan
      May 8, 2016 Reply

      Haha. Are all the producers in your area always high?

  • Jeffrey Booker
    May 5, 2016 Reply

    Goals and setting aside time.

    • Darius Burgan
      May 5, 2016 Reply

      Hey Jeffrey, Setting goals can be difficult, especially when you don't have the time to set them. What's taking up most of your time?

  • LiL $ai
    April 27, 2016 Reply

    These Are Some Great Comments Can You Please Keep Em Going Because I'm Trying To Become More Known!

  • Keith Richardson
    April 20, 2016 Reply

    Good Morning, I really appreciate this article. I'm not a rapper but my background is marketing/public relations. I'm working with several acts and trying to get them as much exposure as possible. I totally agree with what you are saying and I believe in slow building. Meaning, taking your time at crafting your skills and constantly writing new material Blessings and much success to you all!

    • Darius Burgan
      April 20, 2016 Reply

      Hey Keith, happy to hear you found this article helpful. Building slow is *typically* the smarter way. So many artists are in a rush and sabotage long-term success for short-term gains.

    • Doomp tha Hazzard
      September 25, 2016 Reply

      Hey how is it going I an an upcoming artist UN need of your services please contact me [email protected] Gmail.com. thank you.

  • Jessie Harrison
    March 30, 2016 Reply

    My son has been trying to become a rapper for the past three years now. He's a good rapper, but not really a successful one. It's his dream to become a big hit one day. However, just as you have shared there are some tips to follow. I think the hardest one for him is to set goals.

  • sumit lakhera
    February 2, 2016 Reply

    Sumit lakhera

  • YungSlime
    January 17, 2016 Reply

    Finding a studio an getting studio time

    • Deion
      November 9, 2016 Reply

      You could search local studios in your city or town, to pay for their time just get a day job even if it may seem "lame" . Once you start making some sort of income you can get studio time, if that doesn't sound good then purchase the equipment yourself , learn how to make beats or purchase them online. Also surround yourself with people who know about the industry an hang out with them, by getting a new group of friends or team that can help suport what you do an gemuliy belive in you , you have a better chance. P.s. never get discouraged , Dr. Sues wrote 27 books before getting his brake , constantly improve yourself and the work will show it.

  • Tone
    January 14, 2016 Reply

    Being new or a nobody in this music industry really puts me in a tough place when it comes to publicity. I just made a Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud , and a Youtube account but Im really trying to attract fans

    • Darius Burgan
      January 14, 2016 Reply

      It's hard when you're just starting off. I'm going to write a post about how to get people to listen to your music to try to help you. I'll let you know once it's up.

      • bronx_fourty40
        August 2, 2016 Reply

        how would you make it

        • Darius Burgan
          August 3, 2016 Reply

          Make what? Make it in the music industry?

        • michael mwasaru
          January 24, 2017 Reply

          how to start music

    • Joshua Groves
      November 29, 2016 Reply

      What's your YouTube

      • Darius Burgan
        November 29, 2016 Reply

        https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChQOSlRGFP4yz1QH6kPrE5Q

    • Alex
      September 19, 2017 Reply

      It can be challenging when you're just at the starting point of your future 'career'. Though, the biggest issue that holds me back from that is society. For example, a lot of female rappers today (Iggy, Nicki Minaj, etc.) are very provocative and write 'sexy' raps. And they're being loved for their sophisticated ways. Though with me, I'm not into writing that stuff. I mean, it's cool, but it's not me. But I feel that society tells us females, the sexy you are, the more you become successful. I also feel I'm not going to be accepted in the industry because I'm outside of that box, you know. Like I won't get any love or acknowledgement because I don't follow that pattern.