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Two Concrete Ways To Gain Influence As A Rapper

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Progression is fickle in the musical environment. It’s both the most important method of measuring improvement, but at the same time, utterly meaningless unless it’s the right type of improvement. Over the past couple of decades, rapid advancements in technology have completely changed the way that we communicate with each other. In 2007, a majority of high school children owned flip phones, ten years later we have fully functioning computers capable of replacing our home desktops. In short, with the rapidly changing world, the path to stardom rapidly changes every single day. What may have worked for artists like Nas, Jay-Z, even Young Thug, may not necessarily work for artists in 2017. It’s important to realize that every artist begins at a different starting point on the road to glory. Take this in stride and create the right type of progress to push yourself in the correct direction.

This type of progress is what I wish to push in this essay that I’m writing today. While I love popular music as much as the next, I spend a majority of my listening time on Soundcloud. In addition to this, I am fortunate to call a number of excellent musicians my friends. Furthermore, I listen to around 75% of music links that I find online. Lastly, I read and listen to a lot of musicians interviews about coming up out of sheer curiosity. The point of explaining these points is that while I’m not directly affiliated with the music making experience, I know quite a bit about what it takes to “make it.” My ear for music constantly changes, allowing me to adapt to what’s hot at the moment as well as what will be hot next. As I sit on the sidelines watching artists’ stories unfold, I’ve come up with two factors that influence the rate of progression. For 2018 and beyond, I’d like to discuss these parameters so that all of the amazing hip hop artists I know are able to sprint to the finish line, regardless of where they started in the race to success. Quick Disclaimer: everything that I’m going to talk about is my own personal view. I’m well aware that these rules may not apply to everyone.

Create a spectacle.
In order to be anyone of importance in the world, you must be a spectacle. Act like an anomaly to attract an audience. Let’s face it; the days of getting noticed for sheer lyricism are long gone. It’s still possible in rare cases, like J. Cole or Kendrick Lamar (two artists who worked extremely hard to get in the positions that they are today) but don’t bank on it. That’s why so many artists go unfulfilled in their quest. Give the listener something to remember you by. What would you want your fans to say about you when they describe you? Bring the spectacle to your music. I’m not saying to have just one sound, but add similar characteristics so that we know can follow the growth in your music. Without remembrance, artists come and go quickly. Future’s trademark shtick of warbling charismatically originated on his Pluto album. It also consisted of songs such as Same Damn Time that featured traditional rapping styles. After seeing that his experimental sound garnered better reception, he would go on to use it heavily. This was the creation of the shtick.

Be confident in your shit. seriously.
One of the biggest killers of could-be great music comes from the artist: portraying their uncertainty on the track. Trust me, if you think you sound nervous you do. Even if it takes more than one hundred takes of making the song, keep going. Once you finish, begin experimenting with different cadences and pitches. Have a circle of friends who will give you an honest opinion. Make sure that you are confident in your work. Tee Grizzley’s “First Day Out” oozes with confidence that makes itself evident from the first line. How did it manage to amass tens of millions of views over the course of a few weeks? People gravitated to the song. The confidence Tee Grizzley conveyed captured the listener’s interest. That and the beat is ridiculously beautiful. When your confident in your work, it shows.

Apply these two rules and you’ll be well on your way to success.

 

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Meet Princeofthegram: LA’s Most Sought After Nightlife Photographer

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Princeofthegram is currently working as Trey Songz’s private photographer and recently started an Only Fans management company with Trey Songz.

Princeofthegram is an East Coast native from Brockton, Massachusetts, currently living in Los Angeles. He got his start in the nightlife industry as a club promoter in 2018 and would take his camera with him at night as a “hobby,” and the rest was history. He started taking his craft seriously and fully started pursuing his vocation, visual arts. 

He started gaining the attention of the Los Angeles nightlife circuit as he began networking and owning his style. He booked his first paid job at Playhouse the following year. Then Penthouse Club, and after that, the business just kept coming in. As time went on, Princeofthegram became the most sought nightlife photographer in Los Angeles. Princeofthegram would then shoot for some of the most iconic venues such as Penthouse Day club, Le Jardin, 1 Oak, Argyle, Playhouse, Bootsey Bellows, Crazy Girls, Ace of Diamonds, and several more clubs. 

Currently, Princeofthegram has been working on expanding his portfolio and clientele. Most recently, he’s been shooting with Trey Songz as Trey’s photographer. Additionally, he and Trey Songz run an Only Fans management company called, Angels and Angles. Princeofthegram has said that “working one on one with him is like a childhood dream come true for [him].” 

He also said he has plans to work with “model clients by growing their brands through content creation.” In the future, Princeofthegram wants to focus on “creating publication photos for Vogue, Maxim, Playboy or magazines of this caliber.” 

With the rate Princeofthegram has been rising, it is only a matter of time before his name plastered all over the most prominent companies, artists, and influencers. 

His most notable work includes shooting Pop Smoke in the studio before his untimely passing, assisting in directing Yung Bleu’s music video “2 AM in Houston,” and working with a plethora of entertainers like King Combs, Tory Lanez, and Dom Kennedy

Be sure to stay on the lookout for who Princeofthegram is working with next! It could be your favorite artist. His Social Media accounts are Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, all the same handle, @princeofthegram, with Instagram being his most used. 

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MiAsia Symone Streetz 94.5 ATL New Prominent Voice

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Make way for the new voice gracing Atlanta’s airwaves on Streetz 94.5 on The fly Guy DC show from 6pm to 10pm, MiAsia Symone! Bringing her own flavor to the show, you can catch her hosting her very own segment called the “94-Second Scoop.” She discusses all things entertainment from news, city updates, and sports updates. Although MiAsia has found her lane in radio, the beginning stages were not easy. When she first started, the expectations were high of her and she had to find her rhythm, she says “all great things take practice and to become great, you have to keep doing it over and over.”

She may be the new voice on Streetz but she is not new to the game. For the past six years, MiAsia has dedicated her life to entertainment and sports. When asked her who her top two favorite teams were she said hands down the Hawks and the Clippers. As far as her biggest inspirations in the hosting world, she explained that Lala Anthony and Terrence J are two of her favorite hosts she looks up to. When it comes to MiAsias work ethic many people will say that she one day will become the next Lala & Terrance J because of her ambition and drive. When everybody is sleeping, she is still at work and one step ahead.

Currently, MiAsia is in the works of partnering with Kalisha Perera, a TV/radio personality, to start an indie platform that will help up-and-coming independent artists get the exposure they need. When she is not on air, she runs her online shoe boutique House Of Heels Atl, which she started during the pandemic. The sky is the limit for MiAsia. Her ultimate goal is to make her dad proud who she lost to cancer in 2019. She is unquestionably emerging in her industry and destined for success. 

Instagram: @miasiasymone

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Ben Thompson is a 19 Year Old Marketing Guru

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Social media has become a big part of our daily lives, especially for Generation Z. Ben Thompson has found a way to make a living off of it.

Thompson started his own management business, managing influencers social media pages, including the likes of producer Rojas On The Beat, entrepreneur Ponce Deleioun, and musician Sean Kingston.

His social clout came from building up meme pages that had hundreds of thousands of followers. The content had a lot of range but he mastered sharing content from a young age.

Thompson explained that he was in a giant networking group on Twitter that shared each other’s content, or “retweet for retweet,” which is when you retweet another page’s post, and they retweet yours, a skill used to gain more traction from a wider variety of audiences, and therefore more followers.

Now at 19, he is able to work to help deliver strong marketing techniques to models, athletes, and other influencers. Without a big homie or help from the music scene, he is killing it.

“I’m on a person’s account for like 15 to 20 minutes a day, and I comment under hashtags related to their niche,” Thompson said. “For example, I do this one guy who has a food truck out in California, a wing truck, and I’ll go under #foods, #spicyhotfoods, or #wings, and I’ll comment on photos all day for him. And that builds his impressions, his analytics up, his profile views up, his likes and comments up. All that.”

Thompson has around 15-25 clients, and makes around $4,500 a month.

Not bad for a 19-year-old kid. Thompson said he hopes to someday make a brand for himself, be more than the person behind the scenes. He would also like to maybe start his own marketing company.

Thompson said he has also begun managing artists, including what he said is a well-known artist from Connecticut, and even helps promote record labels and colleges.

Look out for Ben Thompson to make some more moves in the upcoming year. The pandemic has not slowed him down and he looks to prove his worth in 2021.

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