Hip Hop and Rap Beats That Increase Your Sales

Posted in music on June 20th, 2010 by C2G

One of the most popular dreams among the hip hop culture today is to make it big and get discovered right away in their career. A lot of people don’t realize that most of the time it takes years and years to rise up to the top before an established company will even invest in your music. There are also a lot of artists that are already established so why would a company want to invest extra money into a new up and coming artist unless they have something more to offer than the artists they already put money into.

People are making mixtapes, albums, performing at local venues, and passing out flyers but what else are they doing that is different? Most people aren’t willing to invest in themselves so why would a company trying to make money want to invest in you? These are questions that you should be asking yourself if you are planning on making it somewhere.

When it comes down to it you have to put together a list of things that will ensure your success and most people aren’t built for it.

1. You have to make “quality” music that people will actually want to listen to

2. You have to build an image that represents what you believe in and what you express through your lyrics

3. You have to network and market yourself to the point that you have nightmares about networking and marketing (not just dreams, the kind that scare you because you market yourself so much)

4. You have to work, work, work, and work until you don’t want to work anymore and then you have to work again

5. You have to be innovative and stay ahead of the game so you stand out to the average person

Doing these things will not only promise you some sort of success but it will increase the possibility of your dreams actually coming true. There are many more fine-tuned things you need to do in order to succeed in the music industry but these 5 things are the backbone of making it big. The list above is common sense so now we will discuss one thing you can do that is more specific.

Increasing the variety of your actual sound! You need to find a couple different producers that catch your ear and you need to invest in their beats. If you are in it to be successful it is time to invest in yourself through your beat quality. Buy rap beats and buy hip hop beats that give you that feeling inside that makes you want to pick up a pen and start writing before you even make the purchase. Hip hop instrumentals are actually very reasonably priced these days if you are leasing a beat of buying a non-exclusive beat.

Most artists just starting out should lease as many beats as possible because most leased beats let you distribute up to 2,000 copies of the cd it is on. Purchase beats that are in your budget but keep in mind that spending a little more than usual is ok because it may be something that really inspires you. How much was the last Coogi shirt that you bought? How much were the Nike’s on your feet?

People that can buy some Jordan’s for $150 but they can’t buy a instrumental for $30 will not make it in this industry! A couple good places to start shopping beats is sounclick. Soundclick has hundreds and hundreds of producers that are willing to sell beats and you can shop right on their soundclick page without leaving your computer.  I even just caught word that Busta Rhymes is looking to buy beats from producers.  Why not do what is working for Busta Rhymes?

If you want something more specific you could find some artists that have taken the time to put together a website of their own to sell instrumentals. Buy rap beats is a common search item and by clicking the link in this sentence you can see a sample site for buying hip hop beats.  If what you have been doing is not working please believe that it is time to do something else.  If you have been downloading instrumentals that have already been used by artists that are already established then now is the time to do something different and stand out from the rest.  Those mixtape albums won’t even make it on the radio anyways.  You need fresh hip hop beats or R&B beats if you sing.  Whether you like dirty south, east coast, west coast, or midwest music you will be able to find something that will compliment your style.  Comment and leave your beat page if you would like and it may find you a sale.  Thanks for reading and good luck with chasing your dream!

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Music Videos Boost Fans and Credibility

Posted in music on June 13th, 2010 by C2G

If you are in to this game of making music then I suggest you move up the ladder and get yourself a music video. A music video can be easy to create or it can be complex. It usually depends on how much work and money you want to put into it. Keep in mind that the better it looks the more serious and the more professional you look to your fans and viewers.

Anybody can get a cheap camcorder and put together a music video so if that is what you want to do please leave a comment below (no you don’t have to sign up for an account) and we can talk privately or I can post another blog on how to create a music video. My suggestion would be to get some money together and let a professional make your music video so you can stick with what you’re good at and the music video maker can make it look like a real music video and not some “do it yourself” backyard video you made in 10 minutes.

Keep in mind that making a music video is fun and entertaining for both yourself and the people that get to watch it. We all strive to be future stars so we have to do what the people that are where we would like to be are doing. Go online and search for local people that make music videos in your area and check out their prices, samples, and some of their other videos to see if they can produce the quality you desire. Sometimes people are just getting into making music videos and they will give you a great deal so they can get the experience all while you are getting a nice priced video. The more media you have supporting your products and music, the more you will get out there to the public.

You might want to save your money and make your own music video. There is nothing wrong with that option. If you choose to go that route then please go all the way and come up with something creative and professional for yourself. This is a good idea because then you will realize how much hard work it takes to put together a quality music video. Video is a time consuming service that involves creativity, professionalism, a vision, and many more positive aspects if you want to be good at it. You have to have passion in all that you do if you want to last at it.

Live with passion and make your dreams happen. Please leave those comments, especially if you have questions about making your own music video. We will help where we can. Thanks for reading!

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The Future of Websites

Posted in Websites on June 7th, 2010 by C2G

Websites are more popular than you were in high school these days. Everyone and their dogs are going online on a daily basis and companies are not taking advantage of this vast amount of resources they have for communicating with their customers. Even this blog is a way to reach out to people and most companies won’t take the time out of their “busy” schedules to focus on an open communication website.

The future of websites is not in the site itself. It is all on getting people involved with participation within the site. Facebook is one of the most popular websites in the world and it is all because it gives us an opportunity to communicate with one another whenever we want. People can share pictures, jokes, worthless knowledge about what they are currently doing, and anything else that is on their minds. I don’t see Facebook going anywhere anytime soon.

Now is the time to get a website for whatever it is that you do and start building in this virtual world of opportunity. Starting a website is actually harder than it seems though.  Anybody can start a website but it takes a true pi0neer to stand out and work at keeping it up to date unlike the common website owner.  You have to keep up with your updates, including new products, new information about your field or work, forum discussions, blog entries, pictures, etc.  If you don’t use it you lose it applies to every situation with a website.  No updates to your site will slowly decline your hits and your unique visitors.

The future of websites will definitely be determined by how you can include the people visiting your site in your line of work.  Remember that it is important to constantly update your site.  Keep in mind that quality is also very important as unimportant information will not give your current visitors a reason to come back.  We have the world at our fingertips and we don’t even know it.  A small town business owner can multiply his or her profits my the 1000’s just by putting their products on the web so that they can be sold internationally.

When you are ready to launch your site and take it serious please come back and post your web address in the Cater2theGame forum.  We would love to check it out and spread it out to our visitors.  Please leave a comment if you have any questions as to how you could make your site more interactive.  We will gladly help in any way we can.  Hopefully, as we continue to build the Cater2theGame website, we can build up the site to where it is very interactive and very thorough so you continue to come back and visit us.  Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read the C2G Blog.  See you next time!

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