The Mindset Must Change…

If you don’t know it. I do PR, write and a host of other things so I receive a lot of music and request to interview artists. All that media blip. Yes Conscious is a massive fence straddler when it comes to this music business, all levels mainstream, indie and subsurface.

So, last night I received an email from someone doing promo for a veteran hiphop artist that is releasing new material on a crew album. Here’s the email correspondence following my receipt of the single that’s now circulating the net. I removed the name of the artist for obvious reasons.

Promo kat: What do u think of the “——” song from “veteran artist” ?

Me: Think it’s cool. Kinda lightweight for a single. I’d expect a lot stronger song from “veteran artist” especially on a collabo with “another veteran artist”. That chorus is eh… On a come back I’d hope to see more. I figure if you’re gonna come back you ought to be just as good or better then you were when you left. There’s a lot of heads making come backs and I feel like they need to come STRONG ! They have fans that look forward to their returns. Some kats are coming back and are disappointing to say the least.

Promo kat: I feel u on this…But as we know it, the fans are funny and artists need to find a way to stay in the rap game…

Me: Make good music. And promote it properly…
In 2007 there are so many avenues to take advantage of and network much more then the old ways. Artists old and new need to be aware of and exploit these methods. At this point, the most that limits a person to reaching a mass audience is the organization that pushes the artists. Sadly today everyone is calling themselves a ‘PR’ agent. Most they do is get a list and send out email blasts. The internet has music blogs, and tight knit music communities like and where you know who your fans really are (Just an example of some of the things going on online). I personally found because I was doing searches and found a post with some members on the site talking about me. I was surprised. But now I’m becoming less and less surprised about occurrences like this because it validates what I already knew, that the people want good music, that music that they can’t find because the artists they love and respect can’t afford to pay off the mainstream radio to get spins. Neither do they have a million dollars to put up billboards everywhere and hypnotize the masses. But, we’re all supposed to be hustlers, we’re all supposed to know the street and know the business but yet we’re not all making the noise that should be heard. It’s re-evaluation time. All in all I’m saying it’s time for us all involved in this Hiphop thing to begin to think laterally. Out the box. Think with the same thought process that created hiphop to begin with. Advancement in hiphop is the same as advancement in life, it’s starts with the individual and groups of individuals connected and moving forward with the same ideals and bringing them into existence. Show and prove. Be the change you wanna see in the world.

I didn’t receive a response. Don’t expect to.

I spoke to a friend about the exchange and he simply said when they ask for feedback they don’t really want feedback. They want you to say it’s hot!

I’ll never lie about how I feel about music. Especially doing what I do.

I guess so folks do indeed want their egos massaged.

Oh well…

Figured I’d share something with you guys instead of bombarding you with nothing but my music.

1 comment:

Adam said...

Good post. And yeah, I do feel that 99% of the time they don't want "feedback" they want encouragement and blind praise. I bet if you had just said "it's hot" they'd have replied "thanks" and that would have been that.