Wednesday, June 21, 2006

How Can I Be Down?

I'm always happy to see people go for their dreams, it's what separates us from the animals. The fact that we can dream, but more importantly work to achieve our dreams, is what makes us the higher species.

With that said, I don't know about you, but why have we lowered expectations for our kids? Case in point here's something from AllHipHop.Com:

“[V-103’s] Ryan Cameron will host a live remote from there along with Greg Street. It’s important that we let the ‘hood know that we know where we come from.”Block will also be giving away prizes such as studio time and the opportunity to record a demo. The block parties are being put on as part of a community initiative of Block Enterprises’ Turning Pennies to Dollaz Foundation. "

It seems like every other event I go to somebody is either giving away studio time or telling folks how they can get a deal. What's wrong with this picture?

If you know anything about the music industry you know one thing: Very few artists get rich selling records. I am not going to go into the mechanics behind getting a record played and all that but I will say is hard to truly make money in the record business. No one talks about life after you stop selling records (should you ever sell a substantial amount), no one talks about the need for you to have some other skills besides rap, singing, beatmaking, deejaying, remixing and so forth and so on; without a marketable skill outside of the music industry you can find yourself at 35 flat broke and busted with very few options left in a still young life.

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