So I’ve noticed this new trend in the underground rap community and that’s rappers are asking for handouts. Its unusual but these guys are fucking bummy as shit. Pleading with fans to donate money so they can release their garbage music on to the masses. Sites like kickstarter and gofundme are turning rappers into panhandlers and it’s quite pathetic. The funniest part is most of these guys are posers with no fans to begin with, so they’re basically asking their friends to fund there crappy project often times overestimating the cost of their shitty music. I mean if we breakdown what it costs the underground rapper to make music, I gotta say its pretty close to 0 if they’re using their shoddy home studio, and some whack ass beats they got from some myspace/soundclick producer.
Now even sadder some established artists have gone this route begging their fans to lace their pockets so they can release a hard copy CD/DVD or in some cases vinyl… Rap/Hip-Hop IMO used to be an investment. You spent money to make money, but I assume cuz no one is taking a gamble to buy whack shit anymore that now you have to create this rues to make money. I’m curious once they reach the funds they need and more in some cases, do they now still charge those donators to buy their music? And if they press up a thousand copies of some record and only had 100 people donate that artist is now left with 900 copies to make 100% profit off of but they’ve already ran the scam they just got those thousand pressings FREE. Even when rappers would get signed they’d have to pay the label back that money…. Are they paying you the fan back? Hell no, they’re ripping you off, making money, and peddling their weak ass raps and whack beats that are probably not even worth the pressing. Of course this isn’t true in every case, I assume theirs been some gems, look at Bandcamp an artist makes an album, posts it up for sale, you can hear it for free, in some cases get it for free and still give money if you want, it’s genius.
It used to be, you sat in the studio everyday (or your moms basement) and you wrote a million verses, you buy or inherit a decent microphone, a computer, an M-Box, mixing board, or something similar. You get your cheap version of Pro-Tools or Adobe Audition and start cracking out some songs and verses using your friends shitty beats, or beats you stole from the internet. You flip burgers 9-5 or 2-10. You try and do shows for free on the weekend selling tickets to shows that you’ll be performing at, hoping someone recognizes your talent(s). You burn CD’s and hand them out to strangers giving them your email and phone number and plead with them to listen. That was called “paying your dues”, instead of paying dues now you want us the listeners and fans to do it for you.. Get a real job you bags of shit youre no better than “spare change” at least he isn’t wearing a gold chain, telling you about the dope cars he has, and how much pussy is on his dick. Unless youre doing it for charity or some good cause you need to get your damn minds right.