'The Smoking Section's' 8 Marketing Schemes Rappers Need To Give Up
8 Marketing Schemes Rappers Need To Give Up

8 Marketing Schemes Rappers Need To Give Up

Becoming a successful rapper is one of the most difficult things to do, but ironically one of the most common career paths.

Unfortunately, not everyone has the talent, or more specifically the proper business scheme. The Smoking Section once again is providing you with some proper tips, if you're actually serious about your future career on the mic. Peep game below:

Problem #1: Setting release dates too far in advance

So many things lead to the date never sticking anyway. The artwork’s late. The guest artist you were counting on didn’t mail in his verse. Your paycheck’s short and mastering can’t be completed on time. Whatever the case, the misfire only leads to a letdown and building mistrust with fans.

Problem #2: Printing an outrageous number of physical copies

The overhead makes this almost illogical but even if you can get them dirt cheap are you really passing all of them out? Do you have the garage space to accommodate those extras Frisbees? Is a plastic slip-case with Kinko’s paper posing as artwork what we’re calling putting your best foot forward?

Problem #3: Paying for self-promotion

Buying YouTube views, Twitter followers and Facebook likes is the new payola in 2012. Stop it. It’s transparent and it all comes crumbling down when you go to rock a show and only a small crowd turns up to support.

Problem #4: Paying to perform

Any promoter that charges you to perform isn’t looking out for your best interests. The end.

To see the other four, and get "Possible Solutions" for each, head on over to The Smoking Section.

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"The agreement states each parent will only pay for Dream's needs when she's with them ... and things like medical expenses and school will be split down the middle," the site reads. It's also being reported that Rob will have more time with Dream than Chyna will.

While the former couple (who dated, got engaged, had a child and broke up all in the span of a calendar year) has not had the most amicable split, they have appeared cordial enough in court to make the best decision for their daughter.

"Robert and I only concern is what's in the best interest of our daughter that we both equally love," Chyna wrote on Twitter earlier this year. "Additionally, Robert is a wonderful father to our Dreamy!" Despite their differences and messy break-up, it's great to see that their baby will always come first.

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Additionally, Kim wrote that a video for “Go Awff” will drop this Friday (Mar. 26). She told fans over the weekend during a performance in Atlantic City, N.J. that the album would drop within the next few months, and will feature a Rick Ross collaboration.

The number 9 bears a special significance in Kim’s life. June 9 is the day her daughter Royal Reign was born, and March 9 was the day her dear friend, the rapper The Notorious B.I.G., was killed. Additionally, this is her ninth project (five albums and four mixtapes).

This will be Kim’s first official album since 2005’s The Naked Truth, which featured the singles “Lighters Up” and “Whoa.” Since then, she’s appeared on multiple tracks from artists such as Remy Ma, Keyshia Cole and Maino, just to name a few.

Watch her announcement and listen to “Go Awff” below.

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“This weekend our angel arrived healthy & perfect in every way in our bathroom at home,” she wrote on Monday (Mar. 25) to accompany a photo of a baby’s blanket. “Unmedicated homebirth was the absolute hardest yet most powerful thing i’ve ever done. thankful beyond words. in love beyond comparison.”

She continued her post by stating she’s taking a social media break to be with her family and to rest.

Kehlani announced her pregnancy in 2018 via social media, and detailed that while she was preparing to go through a big change, she was still going to work on music. During a Zane Lowe interview earlier this year, she explained that her next album was dedicated to her daughter.

“[My next album details] my parents’ story, articulated into mine, articulated into a gift for my daughter, so she knows where she comes from,” she said. “[It’s] a really heavy load to process while I’m pregnant…breaking down my mom when I’m about to be a mom.”

Congrats to the new mom on her bundle of joy.

 

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this weekend our angel arrived healthy & perfect in every way in our bathroom at home. unmedicated homebirth was the absolute hardest yet most powerful thing i’ve ever done. thankful beyond words. in love beyond comparison. refraining from posting to be family and rest, we just wanted to say thank you to everyone who sent well wishes, love, and support in all forms while waiting & working to bring Adeya earthside. 🧡

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