It’s hard to get noticed. There is so much hip hop online that you can get lost in the crowd. We get that. But, what if you are doing everything right when it comes to exposure but you still can’t catch a break? It may be time to consider the possibility that your music sucks. Is any of the below true of the tracks you are putting out? These are all clues that your music sucks.
No one Can Tell Your Songs Apart
When you play a buddy a new track, does he mistake it from one he’s already heard? Do people constantly confuse one song with another when they are talking to you? Then, you might need to expand your horizons and work on making some hip hop tracks with different forms and structures. Try buying beats that sound significantly different from what you’ve used before. Experiment with faster or slower tempo and different subject matter in your raps.
You Get Them Written in Minutes
Do you rush through creation? Do you put it all down in one take? How much time to you dedicate to practicing and getting better at what you do? If your answers to those questions indicate that you don’t put a lot of time into your music, you probably suck now and you are not getting any better. The best in the game work for years to get where they are. They study the work of other artists and learn everything they can on the technical side. Music is a skill like any other and it takes time to develop flow, rhythm and lyrical finesse.
You Aren’t Investing in Making Your Stuff the Best
To make truly professional-sounding music, you need good gear, killer beats and talented people working with you. These all cost money. You can try to get by on a shoestring, but, if you are going to succeed in the game, you need to get the best of everything that you can.
They’re Recorded Under Circumstances Like These:
While most of what’s happening above is self-explanatory, to catch you all up: Jeremy, the blond guy, is allowing his tone deaf girlfriend to sing, the keyboard player is loaded, and they’re treating their nuts and bolts folks like their manager and engineer like garbage. When you get in the studio, you need your best team in the best shape. Don’t pull in people as a favor; bring in the most talented people you know. An engineer who is merely tolerating your obnoxious presence is not going to do the magic that one who is enjoying working with a grateful, gracious artist.
You’re Poorly Reviewed. By Everyone.
Yeah, haters gonna hate. But, if you are hearing the same criticism from different sources, chances are, it’s not them, it’s you. It can be beyond painful to hear that your music that you have put your blood and soul into needs work. But, being open to learning from critiques helps you grow as an artist and become better at your craft.