Are we bias? Are we just putting this up because we support the
artist known as Rich P? Are we writing this because we have been telling you for
the past three years this kid is just getting better with time? Are we writing
this just because we know him? Perhaps. Do you really care as to why though? Do
you not want to see what we are making all the fuss about? Lets be completely
clear... The original version of "New Slaves" was eehhhhh from an entertainment
point of view. Now if we are talking about a record that finally talks about
something, we must give it a 9.5 on content alone. For Kanye West to
deliver such a prolific, controversial record in this fickle world we call 2013
is a move only made by leaders. For Rich P to follow up with his own
version is so much more daring. Why? He is not Kanye West. His baby mama
is not Kim Kardashian. He did not get a lambo for his birthday. Jay-Z did not
scold him by recording a song called D.O.A.. Rich P does not nearly have
the fan base of Kanye West, but he has the attitude, persona, delivery, vocals,
bars, talent, and EGO
to pull it off. Rich P is rapping from a place of where he is right now.
No embellished stories of wild orgies in Cannes, France like we hear some
unsigned talent rap about. This is uniquely about what he has personally
witnessed and survived and admitting how he must not get caught up in the hype.
Kanye West amazing career has afforded him to witness things that he
himself didnt even know he would while he was writing Jesus Walks many years
ago. Well you be the judge. Music is the one place you can judge without being
called a hater. Well that was until twitter and instagram was
"Walking with my hoodie on that's him again/Is this a bloodbath
that we swimming in/ Will I get away with murder like
Zimmerman". (Click on lyrics to hear track)
In the light of what has happened this week, many
artist have taken to the booth to get their thoughts on the subject out there.
We have heard most of the records in regards to the tragedy of Trayvon
Martin. However, Kidd Kidd, decides to take it a step further by relating it to the one place he
knows...HOME. Ahillitia North, a six year
old who was slained in Louisiana this past week.
Kidd Kidd did not attend any of the marches in support of the Trayvon Martin
family. Now before you bash him, he took a flight from his busy schedule to help
produce and performed at a benefit concert held in the memory of young Ms.
North. This record isn't for publicity, it isn't for special attention, it is
simply to let America know that the "THUGZ" pay attention and give a damn about
their own. GGGG-G-Unit.
Now as many know the events of this past week included Lil Wayne almost buying the farm.
Lil Wayne's visitor's list at Cedars-Sinai hospital in L.A. is quite the star-studded lineup! The Young Money boss, who was hospitalized last week following a series of seizures, has been surrounded by friends and family since he was first re-admitted on Wednesday, March 13 -- including bold-faced names like Nicki Minaj, Drake and Birdman.
Its great that Lil Wayne has support. However, the question of his health along with other rappers namely Rick Ross have come victim not to the guns and shells but to the liquor and chicken.
Conflicting reports about Lil Wayne's health condition have been circulating ever since the rapper was rushed to the hospital to be treated for severe seizures on Tuesday, March 12. He was released on Wednesday, but quickly readmitted after his bodyguards found him unconscious on the floor several hours later.
What would Lil Wayne be representing? What legacy, other than music will Lil Wayne leave behind? The man has hits. The man has education attending University of Houston and University of Phoenix. It is also overlooked that his secondary school was in fact a magnet school. Magnet schools are reserved for accelerated students. The man is no dumb-ass. At least not when it comes to academics. His life choices definitely has some meaning behind it and hopefully the coming days will allow him to address whatever issues he is working out. Maybe this is isolated, a case of a bad batch. If you drink hard you know the feeling. Out cold, wake up the next day, headache, and the shits that come out like golf balls.
On Friday, TMZ originally reported that the rapper's health was in very bad shape, saying that he was being read his last rites. But a source close to the "Lollipop" rapper told Us that those reports have been wildly exaggerated.
"He drank too much sizzurp to get a better high," the source explained to Us. "He needs rehab but he's not close to death or anything. He's fine and just coming down off the high."
Sizzurp is a highly addictive, recreational drug that involves prescription-strength cough syrup, sugary sodas and hard candies, typically sipped out of Styrofoam cups.
FACEBOOK - A social media giant. It has a goal to take over the world. No really, they have about 1 billion users. Has anyone truly measured its effectiveness? If not, what unit of measure should they use? Should it be by direct revenue generated solely on Facebook marketing, or should it be based on engagement. Not until now, has impressions of your ad held so much value on the internet. Major corporations did not see the value of putting their product on say MYSPACE, however find it almost necessary to do so with Facebook. So let's get to the bread and butter.
The bottom line Facebook, for an artist, is only as effective as the friends the artist connects with. Let's use King Jaffi, fictional rap artist from Brooklyn. King Jaffi is on Facebook. King Jaffi has 4,497 friends. You might say awesome, great, let me check this kid out. POW, value right there. Jay-Z once said "men lie, women lie, numbers don't". This statement has been the business model, as quiet as it is kept, for many successful entrepreneurs. If you saw this site had 1 million friends on Facebook, chances are you would be beating our email to death with music, press kits, and more completely uninterested in the fact that maybe we just won't listen, or furthermore that you just won't receive as much value as the brand you are shopping to.
Up to this point, we actually shed light on some positive outlooks on Facebook. Now, lets look at the other side. King Jaffi, with his 4,497 friends, well, each one of those friends have no less than 1,000 friends of their own. Works in your favor right? Wrong! The more friends a person has the less space your post are able to be viewed. Great way for Facebook to capitalize. Like with any website, changes can be made behind the scenes. For example, if I wanted, I could make it whereas the only post someone sees is King Jaffi. Now that would be amazing for King Jaffi because at that very moment all 4,497 friends are talking about him. That's not the case. When King Jaffi makes a post, there are 999 other people making a post per friend King Jaffi has. In retrospect King Jaffi is not just competing with the industry in the mainstream, he is competing for a chance to be heard over someone's life long friend, or party promoter, DJ, or now, as it has become the norm, MAJOR CORPORATIONS. King Jaffi is competing with 4,492,503 other people. Can you imagine if all of you were in one room? Now tell me everyone is going to listen to an unsigned rapper from Brooklyn because he said his video is fire. NOT GONNA HAPPEN.
What you are seeing occur is a monopoly. Facebook has become so big it becomes less effective for unsigned artist to market. In the real world, artist handing out their CD on 42nd street in New York, or the strip in Las Vegas, or the Broadwalk in AC, are only competing against other artist. Artist handing out their video on Facebook are competing against the likes of Dove soap, Ford Motor Trend, Dog lovers who still bash Michael Vick. Get the picture now?
Just how can you fix this problem? Simple, do not forget about grassroots marketing. When they say build a fan base, they are referring to, in most cases, actual humans who will gather in one place at ONE time. Yes, you have 50,000 likes but, how spread out are those likes, It does not help if you only have 15,000 in the United States, and about 12 are actually from your own neighborhood. Grassroots marketing is what TheMicBooth.com specializes in. Because we are a service provider, we can afford to be a boutique firm and not really worry about Facebook likes as our real clients has something more important than likes, MONEY. Willing to spend on their careers. Willing to be guided in the right direction. Willing to invest in real stats and opportunities instead of looking for the easiest way to get "poppin". We know how to change the direction of your career for the better, and with a REAL budget we will. Most important, you have to actually know how to perform, write, rap, sing, dance, or whatever it is you do, well.
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