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JULY 2007 - VOLUME 1 ISSUE 6

REAL TALK

WHY WACK ARTISTS GET DEALS! BY K. CANNICK

Every month I find myself in a barbershop, record store, or club parking lot listening to artists claiming that record labels will sign just about anybody these days. I hear them complain about radio stations not playing their songs. I hear them talk about the lack of opportunities for artists with real talent to get heard. I’ve listened to many different versions of these same complaints for over five years as an artist, a manager, a studio owner, and a consultant. These complaints were the exact reason that I put together “The Beat Game: $5000 Rap Contest.” My whole purpose was to provide a level playing field

NEWS Sprint Mobile will reportedly be the first company to sponsor a song to be distributed on file-sharing networks, with its logo embedded on copies of the track. According to the New York Post, the mobile giant has joined forces with Atlantic Records to push a song from Florida bred artist Plies via ArtistDirect’s Media Defender. As part of their agreement, Media Defender will push 16 million files of the Sprint embedded Plies song onto peer-to-peer networks over a three-month period in return for a “substantial six-figure” fee to WWW.MakinItMag.com

where artists could showcase their talent and get some much needed exposure regardless of where they came from. The funny thing is, when I mention the contest to those same artists, half of them turn their nose up because they feel they are too good to be participating in such a contest, while the other half will ask for more information. I’ll talk to them and explain the details but once I tell them there is a $35 entry fee all but a few will lose complete interest. I’ve had artists tell me everything from “I don’t pay to rap…” to “You should be paying us to participate…” I laugh it off because these are the same

artists that sit around complaining about their situation, which brings me to the title of this article, “Why wack artist get deals!” This is actually a very simple question to answer. I’m not insinuating that you can’t be talented and make it in the industry, but the truth of the matter is less talented artists work harder while artists that are more talented tend to think they can get away with doing less. An artist that is less talented has something to prove and will go the extra mile to prove it. Continued on page 5

SPRINT PAYS AND PLIES WINS be divided between Media Defender, Atlantic Records, Plies and his publishing company. The Sprint logo will be permanently attached to the files and will appear alongside Plies’ name and the song title on the screen of a desktop computer, iPod, cellphone or any other digital music player. ArtistDirect CEO, Jon Diamond, declined to identify Plies as the artist associated with the Sprint deal, saying only that the label and artist will be announced in two weeks. He also revealed that Media Defender is currently in talks with a number of major artists and brands and

expects to announce similar deals shortly. Atlantic Records is a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. Warner announced in May that it will lay off 400 of its employees to put further emphasis on digital strategy and distribution, while finding other ways to make profits as CD sales continue to decline and digital music sales fail to make up for the shortfall. Last month, Warner joined forces with Violator Management to form Brand Asset Group, a company that will help manage and broaden artists brands to increase their revenue. 1


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WORD FROM KC

MISS ME WITH THAT BULLBYSH*T! K. CANNICK

Yo, what’s good people? It’s been another beautiful month for the publication. We’ve added a ton of new distribution locations around the city and with yall support will continue to grow this movement. Gotta give shots out to my girl Rovella, over at Verses Entertainment, my man, Ft. Knox, and my homeboy Ced L Young (We gone gettem next month!). Now with all that out of the way, I wanna holla at ya’ll about a situation I had this month and get your opinion. A couple issues ago I was calling around to businesses to offer free classified ads in our publication. I called a local printing company and offered them the opportunity to get in the issue and the owner wasn’t interested. To be more specific he rudely blew me off. A month latter I was browsing through the classified ads of another magazine and saw their company. I decided to just toss their info in the magazine so they could see what type of response they got. Coincidently I ran into the owner a few days after the issue hit the streets and he pointed out that I had put “.com” instead of “.net” on their website. I mentioned our previous conversation he apologized and I chalked it up to a miscommunication and laughed it off. Fast forward to the end of the month and he calls me to make sure that I put the correct website in the new issue. I informed him that we hadn’t put it in the issue because he never called to say that he wanted to run it again. I told him that if he wanted too we could run the ad again for just $25. (This is where things got ugly) Dude tells me that if anything I owe him six months free for getting the website wrong in an ad that I gave to him for free even after being rude with me. He complained that people were calling him everyday saying they couldn’t get to his website and for that I should do an article on his company to set things right. Let’s not

forget these were a lot of phone calls and money that he made from an ad that he paid nothing for. Now for those of you who haven’t met me yet, I want to clear something up because he isn’t the first difficult person I’ve ran into and I doubt he’ll be the last. I started this magazine as a way to help educate artists and aspiring industry professionals about the various aspects of the game. The goal of this movement is to bring people together and connect them with the resources they need. I finance a majority of the things we do out of my own pockets. We have set artists up with free production, studio time, promotional support, marketing, contests and more. I do this because I believe that everyone deserves their chance. I don’t do this for me. I don’t do this for you. I do this for us. I’m the publisher but this is our magazine. If someone wants to use it for their personal promotions or gain I have no problem but you need to tell me how it’s going to benefit my readers. Will you be sharing information that’s going to help them save money or reach their goals? Are you giving away some free photo shoots, studio time or promotional materials? Are you gonna break bread and make sure we continue to reach our 60,000+ readers every month for free? Now the guy I was talking about earlier I have no desire to do business with him because I feel he disrespected me; he disrespected this magazine; and most importantly he disrespected my readers, and I haven’t that. I would love to hear your opinions on the situation and general feedback. Hit me up at KC@makinitmag.com I really find the whole situation funny because in my opinion there are plenty of other commercial printing companies in the city that produce great work with quick turnaround for far less than what this company charges. So for any of you guys needing flyers, business cards, CD inserts or anything like that I recommend you give JPEG Graphics a call at (404) 214 5001

CORRECTIONS & RETRACTIONS: I would like to Apologize to anyone who was inconvenienced by a typographical error in last months issue in which an ad was run in our classified section with the incorrect web address. To my understanding many of you who were unable to visit the website due to this error were able to call the business and receive the correct web address. For those of you who weren’t, here is the correct website. www.mindzai.com should have read www.mindzaie.net. Once again we’re sorry for any inconvenience. WWW.MakinItMag.com

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WHY WACK ARTISTS GET DEALS! CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

Less talented artists may find it harder to get others to believe in their dreams so they will often be forced to take on more responsibility, often being their on manager, promoting their own shows, selling their own CD’s, and pretty much being a one man movement. On the other side, there’s an artist that is much more talented but is surrounded by people that see him as a meal ticket. They constantly inflate his ego with praise fooling him into some false sense of security as if he’s already made it. At this point, the artist tends to think that his talent alone justifies his position and that he shouldn’t have to perform the menial tasks of passing out flyers, selling CD’s, working with other artists, etc. These artists get so consumed into this false image they’ve created in their head and miss out on all of the opportunities the less talented artists jump at. Go to any open mic and you will see exactly what I’m talking about. You will watch a room full of nobodies pretending to be celebrities. Let me just point out that I am not knocking independent artists; this is meant as a wake up call. Too often I watch artists sit around open mics and showcases just waiting for their turn to perform. They tend to post up in the back like their shit doesn’t stink not networking, not clapping for other artists, and not even paying attention. But the reality of the situation is you’re at a damn open mic! You just paid to perform like the rest of these artists. You got to the club and signed a sheet of paper to get on stage. Nobody called you down to the club to perform. There were no radio commercials for you and there is not a dressing room in back with your name on it. You are just another artist trying to make it. But the irony is, at the same open mics I will see less talented artists clap for everyone that performs, just hoping at the very least that the favor will be returned. I watch as they float around the club passing out their CD’s and talking to anyone who will listen. They’re hungry and willing to do whatever it takes to make it. It reminds me of the old Hertz Rental Car campaign, “When you’re number 2, you try harder.” This isn’t to say these artists aren’t good, but they understand it takes a lot of hard work so they’ll do whatever it takes to get there, unlike their counterparts who feel they’re God’s gift to the industry and expect everything to be handed to them. WWW.MakinItMag.com

To be perfectly clear, I’m not saying you have to suck to make it in the industry. I am simply stating that success doesn’t come overnight, it has to be worked for. This article is about staying humble. A lot of great artists never realize their potential for success due to their lack of work ethic. Too often artists get wrapped up in their own hype and start believing that they’re too good to shovel the shit. They think passing out flyers, selling their own CD’s, participating in contests and performing at open mics is beneath them; but when you don’t have a promotional budget to employ people to do these things or people booking you for shows…. Guess what… It isn’t! There are artists with deals that still hit open mics trying to build a buzz on records so that the label will give them a release date. There are producers with platinum plaques still worried about getting placements and here you are sitting in the back of the Peacock acting Hollywood while you waiting for your name to be called off a list to perform. “Nigga quit bitchin’ and get on yo job!” This is just a public service announcement for all those bitter ass rappers, singers, DJs, producers, managers, and models that always complain about someone “less talented” getting the opportunities they feel they deserve. Quit waiting for opportunities and start creating them.

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COMPUTER COMPLICATIONS: MAC OR PC? Macs and PCs have both taken music to new heights with their advanced technology. There are many programs designed to produce the best digital audio output, but two rank high on the list. Pro Tools and Cakewalk Sonar are the preferred programs used to mix the qualities of musician’s sounds. Although these programs are designed to have the same functions, the operations and additional hardware, sets them apart. Macs and PCs are two separate operating systems which both require some degree of difficulty when using their applications. After questioning producers and engineers, their opinions on the systems and their programs, should shed light on the differences you may encounter. If you have either program, there is really no need to purchase the other if you are concerned about sound. Producers lean more towards having Pro Tools while engineers are astounded using Cakewalk. The Mac is a microcomputer that has its hardware within and requires fewer inputs than most PCs. This can save space as well as eliminates a lot of wires. This is a physical difference within the systems, but the programs have technical differences. The Mac runs the Pro Tools program and Cakewalk is a favorite for the PC. Pro Tools is a digital audio workstation which integrates hardware and software. Professionals in music production, post production, and TV and film scoring choose to use this program. Cakewalk is a computer program made for recording, editing, mixing, mastering, and outputting music and other audio. Sonar is a digital audio workstation, but some pieces of specialized recording equipment are still required. Producers love Pro Tools mainly because it comes with a DSP (digital signal processing) chip to reduce the computing burden. Cakewalk does not have this card which is why engineers are fond of this program. A lot of engineers prefer to find and enhance their own signals and sounds without a program altering it for them. Pro Tools edits faster and groups sounds to make it easier for the producer. Engineers like to edit on Cakewalk because they can add the hardware they like, they can track folders, there is no track or insert limit, and they can use multiple envelopes in the same view. Pro Tools has a five track insert limit and expensive hardware dongle system. The Cakewalk program allows engineers and producers to mix individual tracks through identical chains. Pro Tools compiles the tracks to become mixed through an M box. Both programs allow you to record and manipulate multitrack digital audio, record MIDI data, apply special effects, automate mixing audio, and utilize instruments and software samplers. Besides being user friendly and faster at editing, there are not too many differences between these programs and computers. There is simply less to do with Pro Tools if you are not a true composer of music. Cakewalk takes more commands and a feel for engineering if you prefer to tweak your sounds individually. They both should be used when it comes to producing and preserving good music. 6

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ON DECK ARTIST

UNPREDICTABLE R.E.D by K. Cannick

Its 3 O’clock in the morning and I’m on the south side of the “A” outside of Center Court politicin’ with some artists about the magazine when one of them tosses me his CD. Now mind you I’m dead ass tired so I barely remember getting it, but at some point on the way home I managed to slide it in the deck before hopping out the car. The next day I’m running a few errands while the cd is playing and suddenly I hit this record, “Ballin.” I’m seriously grooving to this track while I’m waiting in the drive thru at the bank. The best feeling for me is to be able to call an artist with some positive words about his project. So, I immediately got the contact number off the insert and gave R.E.D. a call.

He also noted that the south is really running things right now and he was really feeling all the love he was receiving while visiting Atlanta. “I focus a lot of my attention outside of my home market because its oversaturated… Its a lot of fresh new talent in Cali and the West should really be in a better position than its in, but there are just too many chiefs and not enough Indians.” Currently R.E.D. is pushing his mixtape heavy in the streets and building up his label, Stre-eat Fame Entertainment. You can catch his street banger “Ballin”, produced by ya boy Prophet representing Inglewood, on the next set of DJ Chain mixes.

When I finally got a hold of him I found out he was just in town from Cali to do a show and that he was already at the airport. Now that’s what I call hustle… I run into so many cats, locally, that won’t even drive across town to perform and this man is on an entirely different coast doing his thang. I sat on the phone chopping it up with R.E.D. for a little over an hour. When you speak with him you’ll quickly learn he’s the real laidback type of dude that makes things happen. This Watts native is all about getting it, whether it’s in the studio or the real estate game. While talking about the current state of hip hop he told me that he began rapping in 94’ after his grandmother passed. It was sort of like therapy for him, a way for him to get things off his chest and express how he felt. He believes that hip hop is heading back to that type of music.

R.E.D is currently looking to do some more shows in Atlanta as well as connecting with promoters, DJ’s, Producers, and other artists from the area. He is definitely looking to cross promote in his market and get with people who are serious about their craft and out to get this money.

“Club music has its place, but people still want to hear music that relates to them and how they feeling at the moment on a deeper level…”

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PRODUCERS CORNER

MAKING A GOOD BEAT CD B DAVIDSON JR.

Ok, so you’ve been making beats for a while and you’re ready to get your name out there in the music scene. You have very few to no contacts and you want people to hear your music so you can start selling some beats. Handing out beat CD’s is a very effective way to get your name out as a producer, and also can be a great tool for networking. Listed below are some tips to reference to when preparing to hand these out. First, pick out at least 10-15 of your best beats to go on the CD. Ten is a good number because you want enough tracks on the CD that will show range and versatility in your production. Flipping through a lot of beats tends to get boring after a while, so anything over 15 is a little too much. If you produce more than one genre, make different CD’s specifically for those types of music, then take a couple from each of those to make up a general disc. For example, you could have a Rap CD, R&B CD, Pop CD, and a general beat CD with all three of those genres on one disc. On all of these tracks, you want to put some type of watermark so people just can’t steal your beats or record to them without paying. Now that the tracks are picked out, let’s talk about what info to put on this disc. Any CD you put your beats on; make sure you have all of your contact information on them. That includes the name of your Production Company, phone number(s), website, email address, and any other information that’s important. You can’t get paid for a beat that nobody knows who did it, so make sure you remember this. It sounds like common sense, but there are a few people I’ve seen that have given someone a CD with no info on it at all. Appearance is everything, so when leaving this information on your CD’s, I suggest using labels or some type of thermal printer to do this. It looks way more professional than all the other CD’s with different color sharpie markers, and handwriting that’s just too hard to understand. Open mics, showcases, and other networking events are great places to met artists, managers, A&R’s, engineers, and even others producers that are looking for new people to work with. This is a good time to have some CD’s on hand. Some producers only give out CD’s to major label artists, or people that are actually “in the industry,” and not every artist they come in contact with. That’s fine; it just depends on how you want to do it. If your tracks don’t sound so good, I’d give them to anyone that’ll listen. Now if you got your production game down, maybe had a few placements, or worked with a lot of artists, you might want to be selective with whom you hand out CD’s to. By now, you’ve established a certain style or sound, and you have an idea of who would mesh well with your tracks. Last, always keep a couple CD’s on you at all times, no matter where you go. The meaning for success is said to be when opportunity meets preparation, so don’t miss out on that opportunity for not being prepared. Whether it is at the grocery store, the mall, gas station, club, it doesn’t matter. Especially here in Atlanta, you never know who might see at any given moment, so be ready!

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KEYS TO SUCCES

order for you to determine how well you are progressing you need to set a more detailed definition of blowing up. Here are examples of how some of our readers define “Blowing Up”: • • • • • •

“Setting Goals”

Making a million dollars. Being able to do songs with Jay-z and Mary J. Bilge. Getting played on the radio. Having songs on the billboard charts. Performing for sold out arenas. Being able to make a living doing something I love.

Take any of these examples; put a deadline on it and you will have a clearly defined goal. If your goal was to make a million dollars within two years you could easily measure your success by simple looking at your bank account and a calendar. Having a clearly defined goal will not only motivate you but help you make better decisions when opportunities arise.

Before you can go anywhere you have to determine a destination. Success in the hip hop industry is no different. Just like a destination there may be many different ways to reach it but there will only be one direct route. This magazine is meant to serve as a guide to help you determine your direct route. Some of you will see that you have spent years driving in the wrong direction One of the most important things to remember when while others may realize that they should have gotten you’re setting your goals is to be realistic. If you’ve out of the car a long time ago. No matter what you take never recorded a song and your six month goal is to from this article, I just want you to know that at the end have the number one album in the country, you’re probof the day only you can determine how far you go in the ably just setting yourself up for disappointment. Setting entertainment industry as well as life. unrealistic goals can discourage you from even trying in the first place. Now don’t be fooled into thinking that The first step to succeeding at anything is determining unrealistic goals are only the ones that are impossible your destination. Until you determine your goals every to attain. Too often people make the mistake of setting step you take could be leading you further from where goals that are possible but higly improbable. This is you want to be. The reason most artists never reach any often due to not taking life into account. Family, social kind of real success is that they never set goals. For the life, bills, and other responsibilities often are neglected Record “Being a rapper”, “Making’ It”, and “Blowing from the equation when setting album release dates and Up” are not goals. They are nothing more than dreams. other such goals. While it is possible to record an entire Dreams are OK to have but they don’t pay the bills. album within a two week period, it isn’t as likely when Now there is nothing wrong with having dreams or sayyou figure in a full time job, the cost of studio time, a ing you want to “Blow Up” but understand that this is limited budget, and your 3 month old son. The key is to not a goal and saying it will get you no closer to making set your goals high enough to motivate you to work hard it a reality. without setting yourself up for disappointment. of people waste a ton of cash and the best years of “Goals are just dreams with Atheirlot life chasing a dream. The thrill of the industry can become addictive. Without clear cut goals there is no deadlines.” way for you to know where you are in relation to where A goal is well defined. The easiest way to set a goal is to put a deadline on a dream. If you want to “blow up” define what blowing up means and set a deadline for it. For instance if you say that you are giving yourself two years to “Blow Up” you now have a goal. This is much better but the term “Blow Up” is still pretty vague. In WWW.MakinItMag.com

you want to be. Some people will live their whole life under the impression that success is always around the corner until the day they wake up and find themselves 32 years old still shopping a demo. Goals not only serve as target to aim for but a reality check as the failure to attain them can serve as a sign that it is time to set new ones.

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EVENT REVIEW

ATL’S MOST WANTED

It went down real big 27th at the Royal Peacock as some of the hottest talent in the city hit the stage to battle it out at the best of the best showcase, the grand finale of the month long open mic presented by Black Mac Entertainment each ad everey wednesday. After this months winner Embassy tore down the stage Snake from Grand Hustle grabbed the mic to announce that they he had just got off the phone with Clay and that Grand Hustle was gonna sign them. If you wann be next make sure you get your @$$ out there every week and do your thang.

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Makin' It Magazine - Issue #6  

In this issue we tackle a burning question that's on everybody's mind "Why Do Wack Artists Get Signed?" Issue also features photo recap of A...

Makin' It Magazine - Issue #6  

In this issue we tackle a burning question that's on everybody's mind "Why Do Wack Artists Get Signed?" Issue also features photo recap of A...