Tuesday, February 26, 2008
You might think that you being a dope rapper might get you that phat Jay-Z type of record deal. That is not what counts actually. It is sad but true. It is not about how good you can freestyle. To get a record deal you got to deliver a dope tracks. You got to ensur that you can come up with hit songs that can take the top of the charts. If you can guarantee that you are going to make money for the record label. Then you are in.
You might make songs as a battle rapper to get that record deal, but if your songs don't have that hit potential, you will never hear from the record label again. It is important to get those radio spins and that will boost your record sales. Even MTV, VH-1 or BET can not compete with the attention that radio spins get you.
WHAT IN THE NAME MAKES A URBAN HIT SONG A HIT SONG?
If you ask your self how you can get your self radio spins. It could be the lyrics that will get you radio spins. It could also be the beats that gets you those radio spins. I can not give you the exact answer. Making a hit song can actually be a hunch. It can make a unknown rapper famous beyond the heaven like a star. There is no guarantee that your music will go blow overnight, but if you follow those the rules below, there is a big chance that your music will gain more attention.
1. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
First of all you got to get a clear idea about who you want reach with your music. If you want to reach the people from your neighbourhood than you got to target them, but if you want to be a big time rap artist you do not want to stick to an audience from your neighbourhood. If you want to get attention from the urban youth, black, white and latino's or you want to sell your record to "Thugs" or "Ladies". You would like to market your record to everybody, but this is kind of trying to see through troubled water. People like to hear that a song is specially dedicated to them. So if you say "this is for my thugs" the people who listen to the song will be felt like they are approached personally.
2. THE BEAT IS DOPE CAN I DANCE TO IT?
The producer and the rapper got to have some sort of a connection. If the chemistry is there the song can be a hit. The self-produced artists do not have this problem. You got to find a producer who understands you and willing to work with you on a level which is fruitful to drop a good product that delivers to your targeted market.
3. A GOOD HOOK IS IMPORTANT
Having a dope hook can increase the hit potential of the song. If the song is catchy it can turn the song into a hit. The past has proven this. A good hook can do the magic. The best songs has the most memorable hooks. If you are writing a good hook make it smart and make it stand out of the rest. Make sure that the listener wouldn't forget this hook till their 80Th birthday.
4. DO NOT MAKE YOUR SONG TOO LONG
It is important to keep your song short and sweet. This means if your song is longer than 3 minutes the radio dj's wouldn't be eager to give that spin, because this means that they have less time for spinning the ads. They will be more likely to spin your record is it doesn't exceed 3 minutes.
5. BE EXTRAORDINARY
Do not be ordinary with your song. Make your self stand out from other rappers, be a rapper that deliver unique sound to the audience. You got to make the record industry people to come to you to give that record deal. If you got a song that will grab listeners attention because it got the looks, then can blow up big time in the streets.