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LG’s W.T.F. – “Where’s Waldo?”
By LG |

Ok. I want to give you guys a little insight here. My job isn’t hard, well, not usually. In fact there is only one thing that makes it harder than it needs to be. “Waldo’s”. Let me explain.

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J.Scott Tip: Clipping
By J.Scott |

For those that don’t know, I am a certified audio engineer, with a B.A. in it as well. So I want you to know that I truly know what I’m about to talk to you about.

More and more these days I find myself commenting on the distortion level of songs being submitted to us. It’s one thing when distortion is done artistically. There is a big trend going on with people running their vocals through different amp processors to get a more gritty sound. That’s perfectly fine; and not what I’m writing about. But then there are those who are just aiming to get the “loudest sound possible,” and have no idea what they’re doing.

Here are a few professional tips to help you out…

First off… Your vocals should never be clipping your VU meters. I repeat, your vocals should never be clipping your VU meters! (This goes for your instrumental and overall mix as well.) That is what causes your sound to go from clear to crammed. If your vocals are being tracked in that hot, then turn down your input levels. (You should never have to reduce your raw vocal level. If you do, you’re recording it in too loud.)

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Christopher.Bryan’s Food For Thought: Only Because We Care
By Christopher.Bryan |

Constructive criticism is useful advise that is intended to help or improve one’s skills in a positive way. Here at RapRise, that’s all we’re trying to do. If you’re an artist, and in your post on this site, you see a J.Scott Tip, a Food For Thought, or a brutally honest comment from LG, we’re giving you pointers to be better for the next song or project that you send us. It’s only because we care. We get tons of music thrown our way on a daily basis, and to be honest, we don’t HAVE to listen to a full song to write a description about it. But we do because we care.

Recently, I’ve seen a few cats get upset at us, as if we’re putting them down, or misrepresenting their music. But we’re not putting you down. If you can’t see that we’re helping you, then you’re not ready to release your music to the public. We’re not misrepresenting you, because we represent artists Rising, and we want to make sure that every artist Rises the right way. If you don’t have anyone to tell you what to do to help you Rise, you’ll continue to make the mistakes you make that keep you down, and you’ll never reach your full potential.

Also, if and when you officially Rise, other blog sites aren’t gonna hold any punches. They don’t care about feelings in the entertainment world. So, to be frank, suck it up or stop rapping.

Stay up
-C.

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J.Scott Tip: Know Your Words
By J.Scott |

We see a countless amount of videos here at RapRise. Some are great; some are not so great. Some are extremely creative; others aren’t. But of all the things that could go wrong in a video, the one that bugs me the most is watching an artist stumble over their own words.

Here’s the thing… It happens. Sometimes when you’re filming your video, you may mess up your words a little. Especially if you just recently wrote/recorded them. BUT… Don’t use that take! There’s no better way to take the viewer out of the vibe of your video than to have them watch you not knowing your own words. Keeps filming until you get it right. Or even better, don’t film until you know your lyrics. But either way, don’t make your fans watch you try and fail to recite your own verses.

Remember, rapping your own words is supposed to be what you do. Get on your job.

- J.Scott

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Thank You For 2011 – From RapRise.com
By rapRISE |

All of us here at the RapRise.com staff would like to thank all of you for an amazing 2011! We were only around for the second half of the year, but it was a great one. We look forward to so much more for you in 2012.

Keep Rising!

 

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LG’s W.T.F. – “Auto-Tune Rap Sangas”
By LG |

You are not T-Pain. DO NOT start your HIP-HOP mixtape with a bunch of auto-tuned “ooh ahhs” and “yeaahh baby’s”. I shouldn’t have to say this really. You’re a rapper right? Why the heck are you singing more than rapping? And not just on hooks. All the time, in the middle of verses. What are you, Beyonce? It’s dumb. You’re dumb. If I wanted to hear a guy sing, I would listen to Robin Thicke or Usher or somebody like this (a la’ Dave Chapelle). I don’t wanna hear yo no-singin self ATTEMPT to sound good on a track while singing.

And then, you got the nerve to not even know how to use the effect!!!! There is a manual for that stuff you know. You’re not supposed to just THROW the effect on your voice and “hope for the best”. Are you serious? You sound worse than I envision Lady Gaga looks when she crawls out of her coffin in the morning. What’s wrong with you? Read the instruction you cretin. Mess with the pitch a little, it’s supposed to enhance your voice, not make you sound like C-3PO getting a handjob.

Just stop the gimmicky sing song stuff and rap. Or, figure out how to use the frickin program correctly. T-Pain did. Look at him. Look at you. Ok, I’ve said too much.

WTF.

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LG’s W.T.F.- “Off-Beat Rappers”
By LG |

Ok, so you wanna be a rapper!? No really, do you wanna do this as a career? Do it for a living, hell even a hobby!? Cool, well let me hear you spit something.

::listens::

Oh geez. See, when you said “rapper”, I didn’t know you really meant “guy who rhymes and isn’t really that great because I don’t have a lick of rhythm”.

Guys, really, it is VITAL that you can flow. Like really, what profession do YOU know allows it’s practitioners to lack skill in a vital part of their profession? “I’m a doctor….No sir, I have no idea how to use that scalpel.”  Like, really!? Who told you that cutting THAT corner was cool? What “Cliff Notes to rapping” book did your simple ass read when you started doing this? There are serious masters at flowing – they take it seriously. You should too. Don’t think because you thought of a cool metaphor gives you the right to hop on a track and sound like the worlds best deaf rapper (No offense to people who have lost their hearing FOR REAL). It’s frustrating. Stop it. Or just do all your tracks with no music. Yes, yes that’s better. No music. At least I wont be bobbin my head at the wrong time.

WTF.

-LG

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Christopher.Bryan’s Food For Thought: Promotion
By Christopher.Bryan |

It bugs me when, after an artist’s song or video has been published on RapRise, they don’t link their fans back to the post, here on the site. This site was built as an outlet for unsigned artists to really shine, but we can only do so much here. Yes, we send links out to all of our followers for every published post. Yes, we send the links to you, to remind you that “You’re on the Rise”, but you cats are stifling yourselves by only retweeting our links to your posts once.

Our goal on this site is for every artist we post about to prosper the best way that they can, but it’s up to you to really Rise. Start paying attention to the artists in the Top 5 columns. See how they promote themselves, take notes and apply it to your own promotion. Become their competition. Become a force to be reckoned with on RapRise. If you don’t learn how to market your music, you’re selling yourself short.

Stay up.
-C.B
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J.Scott Tip: Professionalism
By J.Scott |


We can only assume that the main goal for most of the artists on our site is to make it to the mainstream one day. That’s great. We want you to graduate from our site. We want more Hall Of Fame members. But moving on to the mass outlets is going to require a great deal of professionalism, respect, and class. But why wait? Start now.

Please, contact us the same way you would any other professionals at any other point in your career. The messages that say “Check yo email!” or “How I get dis musik to you bruh?”… lose those. And don’t just send us a link with no message. Establish a relationship. We’re people. And we respond to everyone.

Implement that, and take it with you for the rest of your career. The respect will always be returned.

- J.Scott

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J.Scott Tip: False Tweets
By J.Scott |


Now I know that rappers have been lying in their rhymes for a long time. (Not all of them, of course.) But what’s all this with rappers lying in their tweets to get you to listen to them lying in their rhymes? One of the things the RapRise staff is really good for is keeping a hawk’s eye on people’s Twitter timelines. I am seeing far too many people with tweets like “New Drake song from Take Care” or “Amber Rose sextape” followed by a link to a YouTube posting of their own music. …Really? Is that what your promotion has come to? Must you blatantly lie to whatever fans you have left just to get them to boost your YouTube numbers? How about this… How about you try making music that brings the people back to want to hear it again. Add some longevity to your artistry.

We’ll save the lying in your lyrics lecture for another time.

- J.Scott

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  • What’s Your Name?

    Who are you? Really. Ask yourself that. The first step to making a presence is knowing who you are. The one thing that should always be consistent throughout your brand, (yes, you are a brand), is your name. Occasional name changes aside, your name always be the same. But when upcoming rapper, let’s call him “Kid Magic”, releases new music and his YouTube account calls him “K.I.D. Magic”, song title calls him “KidMagic”, Twitter calls him “Kiidd Magic”, and so on and so forth, how are his fans supposed to connect to his brand?
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  • Who's Next?


    Who will be the next Riser to join the RapRise.com Hall Of Fame?