Rapper Quality Control
There are millions of rapper in the world today, and this number will continue to grow daily as software becomes more accessible, recording equipment becomes more affordable to the general public. Being in possession of these tools does not guarantee your success. Anyhow, the question this article will tackle is how to rain above the rest.
I know many artists who are more talented than those who are successful. This had led me to realise that skill or talent does not guarantee a spot at the top. Hard work will push a rapper to make and release many tracks, however this is not enough. You need to work smart, and be more efficient. Every rapper who is serious about his craft needs to have a quality control person or team. From personal experience I learned that making music is like giving birth, no mother will ever look at their child and not see beauty. Whatever you birth will almost certainly be a beauty in your own eyes. This is where the quality control team comes into play. What these people do is give you an independent ear, that will openly critic your work. As you grow mature as an artist and establish a standard for yourself, you will also become an effective part of your quality control team.
What you need from your quality control team:
- Lyrical critic: They are to look through your lyrics and give your constructive criticism. They should not be individuals that should simply say “Good” or “Bad”, they should always say, “What could have been better”
- Delivery critic: Many well written songs die in the deliver room. You need to pushed to achieve the best of you delivery potential as an artist, even if it means retaking what you feel is the perfect verse.
- Song Critic: Once the song is finished, you need a wider focus group. You need people who listen before you release. There are certain key areas that these individuals should give you feedback on. Firstly they should give you a general view on the song as a whole, as well as what areas could have been done differently (not necessarily better), people are more open to speak of this because they no longer feel as though they are criticising you. Then they should begin to give their views on the mixing and mastering (are the vocals clear?, are they well balanced with the beat?, Is the audio as a whole loud enough?)
Once you have gotten all these details, you go back to the drawing board as an individual and go over all pointers. After you have gone over everything you then take your views and concerns back to the producer and sound engineers. Together you will be able to polish up your song to a release ready standard. I always “It is better not to release, than to release sub-standard.” Treat your every release with the realisation that it could be the only representation of you that an individual will ever pay attention to. It could be the difference between “Oh, I heard his stuff before, he wack.” and “Yeah, I only heard one song, he aiiight, let’s hear what he has released now.”
Every song is an ambassador for what you stand for. Do not send out your ambassador ill-prepared! That’s all for now. God Bless you. Share this with other artists, let’s keep improving.