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

Artist Promotion

Shah33d Lambo Doors

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Although this song has been out for a while its still making an impact. Most recently with the Lambo Doors challenge, where one lucky winner won $1,000. Shah33d extended a challange where dancers did their best to showcase their creativity. Once all entries were in, we were able to vote for the winner.  Even more news, Lambo Doors has now reached over 200k streams.

Our Thoughts On Lambo Doors

According to Shah33d’s team the song is “An upbeat, street anthem about life becoming better when you decide to cut off negative people.” Let’s take a listen and see if we agree.

I would have to agree with the description given by Shah33d’s team. It’s all about focusing on yourself and your success and not on what everyone else is doing. It also talks about how others like to think they doing shit but really aren’t, it’s all a facade for the gram. Also, let’s talk about the people who beg when they see you succeeding but weren’t anywhere to be found to support you. It has catchy lyrics and shows a juxtaposition of the different characters he describes throughout the track. The delivery is on point with the beat. I can see why this was chosen as a single.

Where to Listen

To see all of the contestants entries and how it all went down head over to Shah33d’s Instagram. You can stream Lambo Doors on all streaming platforms. You can also follow these links to stay up to date on everything Shah33d has going on:


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