“Aye Yo Can You Check Out My Mixtape?”

That title is a common phrase that people seem to hate to hear. A good example of how people feel about people asking them to check out their music is in Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire’s mixtape, Lost in Translation where there’s a skit called Hip Hop Networking 101. A lot of the time people just don’t want to give you the time of day as an artist if you ask them to listen to your stuff.

That being said, how do you get people to listen? Well, there’s plenty of ways because artists are being listened to, but what would be a good way for a new artist to reel in fans that aren’t already his homies? I feel anyone who takes their music seriously should be given a chance. They’re trying to make a living from their passion which is a beautiful thing. And 9 times out of 10 the artist is offering you their music for free. Even if they suck you could just tell them they suck and save their time (or inspire them in some cases).

Also, artists themselves sort of write off other artists when sometimes it could benefit you. Being on some “fuck you pay me” type stuff when dealing with other artists could just cheat you out some new fans. It’s really bad when us who love hip-hop are being closed minded about each other, when our genre is looked at, by many, to not even be music or art; just “talking on looped instrumentals”. I feel like having an open mind can get the rap game to flourish even more than it has lately. You can’t complain about how Trinidad James is all on the radio or how “Lil’ Wayne is overrated” if you won’t even give a struggling underground artist a listen.

Comment on how you would prefer people show you their music or ways you found people responded well to listening to your music. Or just comment on your networking experience in general.

Also listen to this smooth track by CJ the Genesis. CJ is a rapper/superproducer from the DMV, now living in ATL. He just performed at Atljunkie’s spoiled milk concert. He has a lot of good music out there, so if you like this look him up.

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