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Indie Hip-Hop Artists: Yes, You Can Still Succeed Without Making 'Trendy' Music

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In 2016, trap music with melodic "vibes" tends to garner the most buzz on major music blogs, thereby receiving more attention from industry influencers. For hip-hop artists who don’t create music within this lane of the genre, it can be a challenge to break through with the quality of your music and its message. The allure of short-term prestige is tempting, but it's important to remember that the longevity of your career relies on a long-term mentality and staying true to your art, not imitating the fashionable sounds of the moment.

5 Books Every Indie Hip-Hop Artist Should Read

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When it comes to music industry knowledge, it's a rare occurrence these days to hear someone say they learned something from a book. We have the internet and our smartphones to tell us everything we need to know about any possible topic. But the evolution of technology doesn't mean that you can't learn a wealth of practical information by reading the right books!

Hip-hop artists – like all artists – need to be properly equipped for what to expect in an industry that's full of high expectations, surprises, and business-minded folks who are either genuine or are merely trying to capitalize off your talent. If you do your research and read books like these five now before you get to a level where your schedule is jam packed with sessions and meetings, your music career will be better off in the long run.

6 Things All Indie Hip-Hop Artists Must Do for Their Live Show

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If you throw a rock out of your window, there’s a good chance you’ll hit someone who claims to be a hip-hop artist. In such a crowded genre, one of the best ways to make a name for yourself is by having a memorable live show. But what actually makes for a memorable live show? Follow these six steps, and you’ll be well on your way.

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Jan 22, 2016 08:00 AM

Eric Bernsen

Overcoming the Negative Stigma of Hip-Hop

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Freedom of speech through music has been a universally beloved medium of expression to spread messages of joy, pain, and social awareness for hundreds of years. And although controversial lyrics have surrounded all genres while the political correctness of society continues to change, hip-hop music in particular has suffered from a negative stigma for quite some time.

5 Things Rising Hip-Hop Artists Need to Know for 2016

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The digital realm of where your music lives evolves on a near-daily basis, and new trends are constantly popping up. Here are five things that you need to know as a rising hip-hop artist to make 2016 your best year yet.