Help me help you. Nik I've been learning that becoming a producer or more so a manager is something that appeals to me. I know its hard to take me seriously but yeah haha I mean it.
I need that person/crew or whatever who truly believes I can make it. Because doing it on my own, would either take dedicating my life to music (which I can’t at the moment, with school and all), or a viral video that gets millions of views because of something catchy, or amazing in it.
I need some legit help. Someone who will contact numerous places, trying to land gigs. Wherever possible. Someone who will constantly be in contact with a plethora of people. I need to get out there, get my name out there. I need help with that. Because I can produce, and I can rap. That in itself is two very huge chunks of what makes a complete musician, and the fact that I have two of those things is amazing, and helps a lot. At the same time, it makes everything else harder. I know not much has popped off as of yet. But I know, if I can get someone who can help me, a manager, a promoter, a something, shit CAN pop off. I got the ideas, everything is slowly coming together. I’m learning and paying attention to new musical techniques all the time.
Controlling time within the beat of a song, eliciting different emotions based off tempo and melodies, using the wall of sound technique, creating individual melodies that tie together within the confines of a few basic chords, instrumentation, percussion and more.
Now it doesn’t have to be some professional and polished A&R or manager, because quite frankly I am not a professional and polished artist. But just someone who is willing to invest so much of their time to where it will become worth it. Someone who will be there, late into the hours, helping me put together a mixtape. Someone who can help me engineer, someone who can help me design, film videos and simply create beautiful things.
But most of all, that person/those people have to believe that I and we can do it. At the moment I feel like San Diego is going to be more of a challenge, than let’s say Los Angeles. So many artists stories involve them moving to a major city to create music. KiD CuDi moved from Ohio to New York, dead broke to make music. He wasn’t guaranteed anything just because he moved there,bBut he had a vision, and people who believed him. It’s not like he deserted Cleveland, and it won’t be like I’m deserting SD.
I just need help. It’s too hard for me to do it 100% on my own. But it’s really all I want. I don’t have any other goals in life, other than to become a journalist writing columns for Spin or Rolling Stone magazine. But even then, the whole purpose of that goal is to get myself exposed to people within the music industry.
A million great things can come out of this, even if I never make it past being a somewhat locally-known artist. I just want to try my best to do it. It may not seem like I’ve done much, but I’ve been working on myself. I’ve been posting my stuff, getting a little bit of basic feedback, and just crafting myself.
I've seen Pitchfork use the term "Posse-Cut" multiple times
And they never seem to like them. They mentioned that the songs So Appalled (Ft. RZA, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz & CyHi Da Prynce) by Kanye West off My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as well as Roll Call (Ft. Asher Roth, Chip Tha Ripper & Boldy James) by The Cool Kids off When Fish Ride Bicycles were unnecessary.
So note to self: Don’t feature more than three artists on a song if I want a good Pitchfork rating.
If I had to choose, I’d take every other genre in the world over having to listen to strictly “real Hip-Hop.” Especially if it meant that I’d be surrounded by a shitload of close minded people who can’t accept that times change.
It doesn’t just go for hip-hop either. There’s a group of elitist fuckwads for every single genre out there. Pop Elitists, Electronic Elitists, Classic Rock Elitists, Heavy Metal Elitists, Hardcore Elitists, Indie Elitists, Jazz Elitists etc.
How old does a song to be considered Classic Rock and Old School Hip Hop? Does it have to include a certain element to be considered to be in those two categories? Would it have to come from a certain era to be considered into those categories? If not, would currently new songs out now be a candidate to be considered in those categories? Are those two a "genre" for you?
I’m thinking it’s mainly the time period it existed. Also I never really see anything modern day that completely embraces and encompasses the techniques and sounds of anything classic or old school. It’s pretty hard to explain how I see it.
For example, Roc Marciano’s 2010 album Marcberg has the old school hip-hop sound. It’s heavily sample driven and sounds like anything you’d hear in that early 90’s East Coast Hip-Hop. Songs made in the early ’90s in the east coast can be considered Old School Hip-Hop, but I don’t think we could refer to Roc Marciano as an Old School Hip-Hop artist. It’s apparent that his Hip-Hop music has an east coast and old school influence, but his music isn’t from the Old School time period…
Idk I can’t tell you when. I haven’t really felt jealous in a long time, unless you count any time I see a luxury car because I wish I had one. Really bad.
K. What is my full name.
Nikki Lee Bates
Y. If I like my town and why.
I like SD for the people here, and stores and that stuff. But I don’t feel like I could be happy living here. It doesn’t seem like anything extraordinary would happen in SD, I’d much rather be in LA. I feel like I can get shit done and have a future there. If I stay in SD, I’m just going to live your typical normal boring life.
A - If I’m in love. B - Who was the last person who talked on the phone. D - If I have some preference with boys or girls. E - What I ate today F - Give me any options, like ‘hot or cold?’ G - The last person I said I love you. H - The last person I hugged. I - The last time I felt jealous, and why. J - How old I am. K - What is my full name. L - If I have brothers. M - If I forgive for treason. N - If you want to know, how I treat my friends. O - If I like my school. P - What kind of music I like. Q - What was the last party I went, and when will the next. R - For me tell 10 my curiosities. S - Favorite band/ movie/tv show T- 5 things I love unconditionally. U - Favorite actor/actress V - 3 big dreams. X - One thing you wish you’ve done, but didn’t. W - An idol.
Everyone likes to complain about product placement in movies and stuff. “I go to movies to enjoy a story, not see a bunch of advertisements!” But are we supposed to ignore that these things exist in our real lives? Is everything in every single movie supposed to be a no-named generic item? The Macbook is an extremely popular laptop in our society, why shouldn’t it be the laptop a character uses in a movie? A good percentage of people these days have iPhones. Is it really some underhanded Apple scheme that the ringtone you hear coming from a character’s phone is that one iPhone ringtone? Just saying.
Normally my answer is a lot of work and school, but really neither of those. I’ve been hanging out with all of my friends and my girlfriend. That’s really all. I’m probably headed to Warped Tour tomorrow. I got a free ticket, but I’m trying to be as cost free/comfortable as possible. So I’m probably going to park like 20 minutes away from the amphitheater in the houses, and bring empty water bottles with me. I’m probably going to head there late because I really only know the bigger name bands. I might miss Yelawolf because of this though. Besides that everything has been the same!