Erb Dean

Artist Promotion

Erb Dean Near Sighted


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I feel like I have been waiting an eternity for Chicago Rapper Erb Dean to drop a song that I can finally share with you!!! I’ve been privy to his work for years now and am over the moon that he is finally released music to the public.

Let’s get right into the track. It starts with a piano flow and then Erb goes right into with his deep and gritty rap. The rough and real track describes his life and the streets. He adds metaphors and rhetoric throughout the song to catch you. It is beautifully done. The streets are can be a dark place that not everyone is susceptible. We can get a sneak peak into that life and what comes with it. A standout line for me is “I feel like I’m a one-man team.” That’s the realist shit ever because that is the case for so many of us.

Take a listen above and follow him on Instagram and catch his music here:

https://m.soundcloud.com/erb-dean/
https://youtu.be/lvEFPxGfC0E

Artist Advice

Artist Advice Episode 2


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The artist advice series finally gets it’s second installment. I tried to start this series a few years ago but only made it to episode one. This time around I have over 20 videos planned. So stay tuned each week starting in January to see what advice and interesting topics I discuss in the underground hip hop world.

This week, I go into depth about the top reasons why I avoid working with Miami artists and tell you how to approach bloggers and build a long lasting relationship. I also mention some artists who do a great job of showing support and maintaining relationships for years on end.

Top 3 Reasons I don’t Work With Miami Artists

Reason #1: Entitlement

When trying to collab with others be humble. Many artists want free exposure, free projects, free etc. They walk around like they are better than everyone else when in all reality no one is. We are all in this game together and putting others down is not going to make you a better artist or person.

Reason #2: Lack of support

This brings me to my next point. People will try to bring others down instead of engaging in friendly competition. There is room for everyone in the industry. When you work with someone, the least you can do is to promote their project. If you are featured on someone’s blog, the least you can do is shout them out, repost, like, share etc. We all put in work and if you want support you also need to give it.

Some artists who are great at uplifting and supporting others are Cracc Cobain, Juzt Kp, John Fifth, Shah33d and Erb Dean. As you can tell, they are not primarily from Miami. Although some live here, they weren’t born here and that says a lot.

Honorable Mention: Unprofessionalism.

Check my last video for this one because I delved into more detail there.

Reason #3: Gossip

Shocker! Everyone knows everyone’s business and won’t shut up about it. Miami entertainment is so small that everyone knows each other and things get weird when gossip gets in the way. We need to get out of our bubbles and just work. If we can’t move past our shit and stop with the gossip no one will expand. Sadly, it’s always the same people everywhere you go.

More Advice Coming Soon

Through my experience, I’ve come to enjoy working with artists outside of Miami because of their professionalism and how serious they take their craft. I am one of the top hip hop blogs out there so expansion is needed. Miami artists are welcome if they can get their shit together. Do you agree with me? Let me know in the comments. If you do want to be featured one of the best hip hop blogs check out my contact page or send a submission to mellystarzsubmissions@gmail.com.