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Artist Advice

How Not To Piss Off A Blogger And Get Your Music Featured


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After being in the music and entertainment industry for so many years, Melly Starz decided to create a series on advice that undergound hip hop artists should follow, as well as, things to avoid. Episode one we get right into the topic of how to avoid pissing off a blogger when you first approach them.

Tip #1: Be Cordial. This is one of the biggest issues artists have. There is such a lack of professionalism. A simple introduction in your email or message is basic manners.

Tip #2: Don’t use pet names. This is a big one especially for male artists reaching out to female media in the music industry. For some reason, they feel that it is standard practice to refer to media personalities as “hun, babe, sunshine, sweetie etc.” Why are you so comfortable using these pet names with someone you have never spoken to before? A standard greeting should be the person’s name or the company. If you have no idea who is running the site then at minimum say “To Whom It May Concern” When a person uses pet names, it sounds more like you are trying to hit on them instead of trying to work. This will more often than not get you rejected from ever working with the personality.

Tip #3: Do Your Research. When reaching out to someone trying to work with them know what you are reaching out for. Don’t assume, more than likely they are marketing themselves for a certain niche such as blogging, as artists, a painter etc. Check someone’s page at minimum or check out their website. How are you trying to work with someone and you have no idea what they do? Do you go to the grocery store and ask them what they do? No, you know they sell groceries.

Tip #4: Don’t Hit On Someone. Just because you want to work with someone, doesn’t mean they want to flirt with you. Always keep it business. Friendships and relationships can form and there is nothing wrong with that but don’t hit on someone from moment one. Get the work done first. Plus, you don’t even know their relationship status, not every media person is public about their relationship. Tread lightly.

Tip #5: Don’t Mention Someone’s Ex. Of course, there are media duos out there. Maybe you met someone through their former significant other, but why would you bring that up years later? No one wants to talk about their ex when they are trying to work. It’s borderline disrespect to even mention that relationship.

Tip #6: Be Clear On What You Want. Most entertainment professionals, have several projects and interests going on. In your initial email, be upfront on what service you are looking for.

Tip #7: Prices. For many creatives, this is their main source of income and it has taken years of practice and time to perfect their craft. When they set a price point, don’t try to low ball or diminish their value simply because you don’t see it. If it is out of your price range then state so, “Your price is out of the budget at the moment but I’ll circle back at a later date.” Don’t insult a person by saying they are charging too much. You may want to work with them later, so don’t burn that bridge. Do you go to Disney and tell them they are too expensive? No, you pay those dam Disney prices and move on with your life.

Underground hip hop artists stay tuned for more useful tips and tricks on how to get featured on the top hip hop blog sites. This is not a comprehensive list of everything wrong with the industry but it’s a start. There will be more videos and posts helping artists and bloggers navigate the industry so stay tuned. If you want to donate to the creative efforts check out the support the starz section. Until next time, shine bright starz.

Artist Promotion

{New Video} JuztKP – School Supplies


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This is a beautiful video with a beautiful message. It’s in black and white and JuztKP is in his signature look. My favorite aspect of the video is the side-by-side scene where KP is holding up signs of encouragement. They may be meant for a certain someone but we can all relate to and gain encouragement from his written messages. The cinematography is great for this video and really helps bring life into the song. Some may find it simple but sometimes a simple setting can evoke a powerful meaning.

I keep talking about meanings and messages and I bet you’re wondering what in the world I’m talking about. For that let’s talk about the song because that’s why we’re really here isn’t it. He talks about life struggles. What kind of example are we setting for our kids and future generations? Instead of doing something and being part of the revolution everyone is too busy talking and complaining. Why aren’t we promoting college cred instead of street cred? This song comes during a time when the entire country is in turmoil. This is another positive song to make you reflect on your own contribution to the world. But why don’t you guys let me know what you think his message is??

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Follow JuztKP online:
Website: http://www.JuztKp.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/JuztKP
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JuztKP
Instagram: http://instagram.com/JuztKP

Booking: JuztKP@Gmail.com

Artist Promotion

Getting King Docious to L.A


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Let’s help get a local artist get to L.A and spread his music and represent Miami on a muuuch bigger platform. Every little bit helps. The link to donate is below.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/getting-king-docious-to-l-a-to-compete

Here is the audition video that got him his spot to get to L.A to compete. So let’s all chip in a little and get him there.

For more info contact the man himself

Artist Promotion

JuztKP – Bull City Maniac (Music Video) ft. Dynasty Official


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Where to begin with this video?? Well let me just say… what a breath of fresh air that was. The imagery is incredible!! I love all the shots and setting. The video was so clear and very well done. The change of focus in some shots and the angles spoke to me. This is just me being a video nerd but after going to school and studying video I think I’m allowed to nerd out once in awhile.

Now back to the video. The concept behind this video is like going back to 90s hip-hop with a modern twist. The same goes for the song. He takes it back to break dancers in the street and choreographed dances. After watching this video I am def a fan and I feel like I need to visit Bull City to hang out with KP and his crew. If you listen closely to the song you will catch some very slick and well-executed references to that 90s hip-hop I was talking about. Can you spot the references, if so what are they?

Bio (provided by KP)- JuztKP is more than jut your average rapper. A magician with words. Processed with VSCOcam with b5 presetGraduate of NC A&T State University with a degree in Public Relations. Modern activist and entrepreneur.

Est. in 1991 out of Durham NC, KP built a foundation of vibes through choir, dance, battle rap forums, instruments,theater and just listening to his inspirations. Began Secretly producing raps in a 2 room apartment at 13. Started recording tracks at 16 and slowly snuck his way to the underground.

Contact –
www.juztkp.com
https://twitter.com/Juztkp
http://instagram.com/Juztkp
http://www.youtube.com/user/kevin032291
kdotpmusic@gmail.com