You’ve checked off the list. Your music sounds nothing like anything else out right now. Your visuals are your signature thing: they’ve become synonymous with your brand. Everyone around you loves your music, not because they are close to you, but because it genuinely sounds good. But people are slow to catch on. So why exactly is your music not getting the attention you want?
It all starts with fans. Sometimes, fans bite on the bait. For whatever reason, people don’t like being the first person to check out a link. They’d rather be told what to listen to. When you’ve exhausted all options, it’s time to find someone who can persuade the people to listen to your music.
Social media influencers are people that hold a considerable amount of pull online. Their choices regularly become public interest. Everyone knows Ian Connor, right? He’s a social media influencer. When he tells someone to listen to a song, they listen to it. Ian Connor has had a large hand in starting the careers of a number of rappers: D Savage 3900, Playboi Carti, and Lil Yachty to name a few.
How do you attract a social media influencer’s attention? That’s the challenging part. But as usual, thinking intelligently will enable you to increase your chances of having a conversation with them. Think about this: what you want from them is what everyone wants. Look at their mentions and scroll through the countless number of people sending them their music. Find a way to build a relationship or package your music in a way that will stand out from the rest.
If you can get the influencer on your side, you’re five steps ahead of people who don’t have that luxury. Remember to think smartly and build a relationship with them.
Russ Is Right, Exploiting Drug Addiction For Money Is Wack
Russ has made it clear for over a year now that he’s not for the glamorization of drugs for money. He recently got into a Twitter scuffle with Fat Nick, a known user of lean and narcotics, with the two debating about his fascination with drugs and how the latter makes money off of it. Nick frequently posts his drugs and merchandise that contains drugs online and sees nothing wrong with it. Russ however disagrees. And, after seeing both viewpoints, I daresay I agree with Russ. Glamorizing drugs is wack, point blank.
Rap music was founded in tough times. The best hip-hop to come out of the genre’s Golden Era focused on the hardships that people faced during daily life. Coping with these hardships came natural. Drug use isn’t new. However, the way that drug users are fetishizing these drugs is. Lean, Xanax, and Mollies have become as popular as the music itself. With rappers posting their drugs on social media and dedicating so much of their creative energies to showcasing their fascination with drugs, many kids try them out because the artists they look up to love it.
Nothing good comes out of this besides addiction and death. Xanax pills look fun until you’re trying your best to kick the habit while the withdrawal symptoms kick your ass. Let Mac Miller’s story inform you about the dangers of overdosing. Lil Tracy had a heart attack because of his drug usage. There’s nothing good to come out of using these drugs. Yet, new age rap stars align their aesthetics with drugs because its in and it sells.
This exploitation is no joke and needs to be talked about. Starting a conversation about it will enable the proper action to happen and, hopefully, the way that drugs are exploited for money can be addressed.
Why Ella Mai’s “Trip” Is Better Than “Boo’d Up”
Everyone thought that “Boo’d Up” was the one. Ella Mai’s viral summer single became the talk of the season, a meme due to its widespread popularity across many age, racial, and gender groups. Many thought that Mai lucked up into the DJ Mustard-produced single, attributing much of the song’s success to the producer. But little did they know, “Trip” would come behind it and show that Mai is much more than a one hit wonder.
“Trip” released on August 3 and has been somewhat of a slow burn for the public. It’s a lot darker and moodier than “Boo’d Up”‘s ceiling-less mood. There’s a lingering piano that acts as the song’s lifeblood. When Mai comes in with her surprisingly deep voice, she offsets the equilibrium and swings things in her favor. As it goes on it become a catchy earworm that far outpaces the ceiling of “Boo’d Up”
With all of this said, her debut album, expected to arrive this fall, will be interesting to take in. Has she exhausted all creative avenues in her brilliant two first singles? Or will she continue pushing the culture? “Boo’d Up,” was one thing. “Trip” is another altogether, showcasing that she has a lot still left up her sleeve.
Listen to “Trip” below.
Bay Area Music That You May Have Missed This Week
Here’s our weekly collection of music out of the Bay Area that you may have missed this week. This week’s collection is one of our favorites, with a majority of the tunes being bombastic, lively jams to bolster the energy coursing through your veins. Tune in below: