How many emcees want to be emcees?

Don’t believe me? Take my life lately as I prepare to open up for Obie Trice at The Hall on December 12, 2008. I had call the promoter to make sure everything was going smoothly with little chance of any more last minute madness. What madness you say? Madness like finding out two days before the original show date (October 19th) that it was getting pushed back 2 months. Madness like having to call dozens of friends and fans to tell them thanks for aligning your entertainment calendar with mine but I’m going to need a rain check. Madness like having to get travel and hotel accommodations changed. Madness like having to set up multiple meetings so you can buy back the tickets from the people who can’t make the new date or sell them to the folks that can. Imagine coming down the home stretch of what you think is a sprint only to be told it’s a marathon? It has to feel something like this.

But let’s just assume everything is going smoothly. As a Do-IT-Yourself artist I still need to make a few promotional stops, send out e-mail newsletters, pass out flyers, and organize merchandise to be sold at the show. Then there is actual music stuff like engineering the set playlist and making copies of it so there are fewer variables with the audio engineer at the venue. Rehearsing would not be such a bad idea either.

No mention of all this work in the videos filled with shiny cars and oversized jewelry.  Thankfully, I do this for the love of the mic and not the glamour or the lights, but who knew there was so much to do?

So again I ask, do you really want to be a rapper?

So you think you want to be a rapper, eh?  It’s more hard work and hustle than Hennessy and hoes. Gone is the time where you create a little buzz and then sit back and wait for a label/lottery ticket to come and rescue you from your day job. In fact, these days you might want to keep that 9 to 5 even if the majors do come calling. In order to survive, let alone thrive, as an emcee these days, you have to be more and do more than just move the crowd...

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