The Sham Economy Of Hip Hop

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The Sham Economy of Hip Hop
There is a pervasive belief that by spamming/botting all over social media and Soundcloud, your numbers will increase and that these numbers leads to success. Unfortunately it’s largely a circlejerk of people who are also trying to make it and pretty much a joke overall.
The indie idea of “I listen to rappers you’ve never heard of” isn’t really a big thing for normal people. Most normal people prefer to listen to socially qualified music. Even outside of the mainstream, underground rappers with rep absolutely dominate, it's not populated by lots of small people.
Most of the guys on here look at the producers and rappers with 10-20k followers and a hundred songs on Spotify and think - wow I can't wait until I get there, that’s when I'll know I'm getting good and starting to blow up!

In reality, those people with seemingly big followings are effectively at the same stage as you.
Their clout is made up mostly of spam, bots, other people trying to make it, and has very few ‘normal’ people involved. Those normal people who are true fans and engaged, are often people they’ve met in real life or who live near them.
They are largely undiscovered, just like you, they are making little to no money from music, just like you, unless they have a day job in the industry. And if you're honest about their music - it's probably simply good, not great or game changing. Which is why it doesn't have millions of views and plays.

BUT people believe that 20k followers means something that 200 doesn't, it somehow increases the perceived quality of their music. A 4/10 song or beat becomes 8/10 because “it has 100k plays bro” or “he has so many followers bro”
What these guys do have over you are better stories of almost making it, because while you get ghosted by someone with only 500 followers, they get the honor of being ghosted by a guy with 100k.
If your way of screening for people to work with is their perceived success compared to yours, then you're already playing to lose - this is what clout chasing is. We talk about people doing cringy or spammy things for clout, but virtually everything everyone does is clout chasing.

The only activity which isn't clout chasing is making music exactly how you want to make it.
There are two ways to succeed, you either catch the current wave in an honest way (faking it fails) and have a chance to pop off, or you make your work part of the next wave or a niche by doing exactly what you want.
Doing so you may be able to succeed to the degree of making a livable income and have the potential to make more - depending on your dedication and improvement over time.
If you focus on marketing, money-making or wave-chasing - then you’re not spending time becoming a master. You think you’re rolling the dice, but you’re really just throwing them away.

Here is my earnest hip hop artist manifesto for those who reject the rat-racing, hope whoring, dice rolling, spam posting, lit fam, you ready to work, this is it chief, sham economy of hip hop.
  • Don’t buy beats
  • Don’t sell beats
  • Don’t buy features
  • Don’t sell features
  • Do get an industry job if you want one
  • Do get a day job if you can’t get or don’t want an industry one
  • Do become the best you can
  • Don’t try to copy what’s successful
  • Do emulate what you are inspired by
  • Do be a part of the mainstream if it’s who you are
  • Do your own thing if that is who you are
  • Don’t collab just to collab
  • Do collab with people you want to collab with
  • Do create constantly
  • Don’t have expectations of success
  • Don’t chase clout
  • Do chase your dreams
  • Don’t have dreams of being famous
  • Do have dreams of being great

Are there people succeeding inside of the aforementioned shithole state of hip hop on the internet?
Yes. Of course. That’s what this post is about. BE ONE OF THE GOOD ONES.
Be the producer whose every beat he drops sounds EXACTLY how he wants it to sound, who collaborates with people he genuinely likes and not because of how many followers they have, who makes great music because that is what they are trying to do.
Be the rapper really doing his own thing, who records ONLY on beats he likes, not because of who made them, who isn’t trying to succeed but is succeeding because of the quality of his art and expression, not his stats, because making quality art is what he is trying to do.

But I need money – Get a job.
But I want to spend more time making music – Stop playing video games, watching TV, masturbating, sleeping, drinking, smoking, eating. There’s some fucking time for you.
But I want exposure – The fuck are you going to do with that? How many followers do I need to make a great song? How many likes until I gain the power to write great lyrics? How many listens until I become unique?
But I want to be famous – Do you fucking listen to rap music? Do you see the enormous pressure they are under? Do you see their constant state of dissatisfaction? Do you see the people dying? Go start making fucking youtube videos if you want to be famous.
But I just want to make music as a hobby – Carry on.

Look if after all this you still want to be a part of the sham economy, spamming “need a fire rapper to hop on this beat!” and “send me beatz bro!” - go ahead and do it.

But I challenge someone to dredge up a high quality and successful act that started from the spammy fucking cesspit that is the hip hop sham economy.
 

ArvinArmani

His name was Robert Paulson. His name was Robert P
Battle Points: 80
But I want to spend more time making music – Stop playing video games, watching TV, masturbating, sleeping, drinking, smoking, eating. There’s some fucking time for you.
Hakuna Matata bama ...
But I want to be famous – Do you fucking listen to rap music? Do you see the enormous pressure they are under? Do you see their constant state of dissatisfaction? Do you see the people dying? Go start making fucking youtube videos if you want to be famous.
you cant just stop people from getting what they dream of, even if its the worst thing.
 

ArvinArmani

His name was Robert Paulson. His name was Robert P
Battle Points: 80
there's some good points there though, i think you should talk to fade about moving this to articles section
 
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