How Not To Piss Off A Blogger

Artists often have no idea what they’re doing and end up burning bridges or pissing bloggers off. In the video above, I discuss some issues I have come across in my work as well as among other bloggers and media personalities. Hip hop is something we all love, and although we love the culture, the industry is not always the friendliest especially towards women. It can be straight-up sexist.

Here are some tips on how not to come off as a sexist asshole and if you are new to the industry how to properly approach a media persona.

  1. Be Cordial and professional. Pretty simple and basic point, this is a business opportunity so approach it as such.
  2. Avoid the use of pet names like babe, hun, sweetie etc especially on the first contact.
  3. Do your research. Don’t reach out to someone and you have no idea what they do. How do you expect to work with someone if you don’t even know what they do?
  4. Don’t bring up ex-partners. Regardless of how you met someone, don’t mention their ex. That’s disrespectful and won’t help you get featured.
  5. Be clear about what you want. Don’t just send a song, ask for what you want and be specific
  6. Don’t hit on a blogger. If you want to work then keep it on that platform, don’t hit on someone thinking it will help you in the end. It will often do the opposite.
  7. Respect price points. Everyone sets a price for a reason and if you don’t see the value then you keep it professional and move on. You never know if you will want to work with that person in the future. It can be out of your price range which is fine, but there is no need to haggle or downplay their work.

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.

META-Metatation

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Overview:

The album was a great piece of work. There was a bit of everything for every ear. I can tell why WYA? is the single off the album because of its replay value and lightheartedness. There is a track for everyone on the album which is hard to find in today’s day and age. I have actually added it to my rotation. I enjoyed Meta and all the artists he featured on the album. Check out what I thought of each song below and be sure to check out the entire piece on Spotify.

Dirty Water- This song definitely starts off interesting and gets you hype. It feels like a song that needs to be on an action movie soundtrack. The harmonizing throughout definitely adds a unique element to the track. The song is on the shorter side at only two minutes. It leaves you wanting more.

Drip- Speaking of more, the next track drip is upbeat but more mellow. I love the Nintendo reference due to growing up on the console myself. The song essentially talks about getting used to the Drip. What does your drip say about you?

Paranoia- The beat on this track reminds me of a metronome. As the title suggests, this song is about being paranoid about who is around you and who you can trust. We sadly live in an era where you have to questions every new face and who you can trust. You have to stick to your crew because you never know who’s an opp.

Broken- For Broken, things slow down a bit now and we move into the must-have love song. We are joined again by the melodic voice of Quentin Arispe. The song tells the story of a broken girl who couldn’t get to 100% in the relationship.  She couldn’t handle the pressure that the entertainment industry brings with it. However, by the end of the song, the question arises of whether she was the only broken one in the relationship. This is one of my favorite songs off the album due to its relatability. I’m sure we’ve all felt broken at some point or another.

Anxiety- Meta talks about his anxiety and the struggles that come with it (which I know all too well). I also caught the roll in peace reference throughout.

Afterhours- This is a lovemaking song. We can make love in the afterhours, when our artist is in town of course. It’s more of a friends with benefits situation which can often work better than anything else. She doesn’t want to fuse or fight or waste time, she just wants to smoke some and get it on.

Cien- This song is in a different language at first so I can’t comment on that part even though I know 3 languages. I might just be unaccustomed to listening to music in anything but English. What I did catch was a Spanish line saying that what everything he learned was from the streets. The song is a unique addition to the album so I can’t be hate on trying to cover all your fan bases.

WYA?- Last but certainly not least is the album single that has a video attached. It is an upbeat and catchy track. This track is just so fun and what drew me into listening to the rest of the album. He just wants to see this girl to get some much-needed motivation 😉

About META:

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Meta is an up and coming artist out of Corpus Christi, Tx and released his debut album, Metatation over the summer. The album was released via El Dusty’s imprint Americano and is produced by Grammy-nominated artist El Dusty. The album has Lo-Fi Hip Hop feels with Reggae riffs and some Latin Cumbia. To say that the sound is unique is an understatement.

His life was not as easy as many of us have had it, facing multiple moves and even homelessness at a young age. He followed his hustle and began rapping on the streets and selling merch out of his backpack. He later started Meta Entertainment, curating shows and cultural events in the South Texas area which helped develop him as a staple in the area not only as a performer but also as an event host.

The story behind curating this album, Metatation, is nothing short of special and you can read more about it here