Real Talk with Raze: Dear Local Rappers...YOU SUCK.
I KNOW you BELIEVE you're the illest rapper to EVER rep ya side of town...
I KNOW you BELIEVE that since you've been rhymin & "grindin" for so long that you DESERVE to be more popular and successful than you are...
I KNOW you BELIEVE your bars are worth more than Kanye's bank account balance...
I KNOW you BELIEVE that you're the sickest female emcee to ever have a fkn monthly cycle...
Well, I'm here to let you know something...
Despite what you BELIEVE, you in all honesty...REALLY SUCK.
And I'm going to tell you why.
First of all, half your "catalog" of music is over beats that you don't even fkn own. Another 1/4th is music that you basically stole off of soundclick/soundcloud/myspace/etc. And the last 1/4th is just really wack, off brand shit that nobody wants to hear anyway...hence the first half of ur catalog's existence.
Secondly, you CAN'T WRITE SONGS. You can have all the "freestyle" bars you want, and ALLEGEDLY be able to go bar for bar with "the best of them", but guess what? NOBODY BUYS FREESTYLES. People invest in and support music that makes them FEEL something. Specifically, SONGS. And you don't know how to write them. You simply write VERSES and think because you've got 2 or 3 of them separated by some lame, wack ass hook that you've got A SONG. Well...no. You just have some incoherent, unrelated verses separated by some lame, wack ass hook.
Third, you have no people skills. You rant and rave about how talented you are or how slept on you are when in actuality, ain't nobody sleeping on you; their simply NOT INTERESTED. And most likely it's bcuz you spam the shit outta ur music by posting it on people's profile walls with the same impersonal message copy pasted to everyone else in their timeline as if THEY DON'T SEE ALL THOSE OTHER POSTS YOU'VE MADE. How about engaging ur desired listeners...or better yet, respecting them enough to just POST A LINK and letting them check out ur music ON THEIR TIME...IF they're interested? Ever think of THAT?
Fourth, you're annoying. Not in the "misbehaved child at the cookout" annoying either. I mean "the self indulged, entitlement issue having, in desperate need of a clue, somebody PLEASE ban him/her from THE INTERNET ITSELF" type of annoying. As an indie/underground artist, unfortunately people need to FIRST like YOU, as a person to some degree. Hell, even if they don't LIKE you, they gotta be able to identify something about YOU with THEMSELVES. Unfortunately, most of you are so busy playing the "Hey! Look at me!!" game that people just would rather pretend you're not even there.
Fifth, you've either personally or professionally burned too many bridges. Look, everybody wants to be "on". And at some point as artists we all feel our music isn't appreciated as it should be. I admit I'm guilty of this as well, very much so. But it's not the "more popular/successful" artists fault they are where they are, and you are where you are. But since you're a douche, you prolly made a diss record or badmouthed them to some mutual acquaintances and it's gotten back. Now, do you think the artist in position to help you get higher in the totem pole is gonna wanna help YOU out? It doesn't matter how dope you THINK or BELIEVE you are; once you've made bad on someone, THEY REMEMBER. And now, regardless of how talented you may be, YOU'RE FUCKED. Not only will they not help you get on, they may also go out of their way to KEEP YOU THE FUCK OFF.
Sixth, you're not interesting. One of the biggest issues people have had with Nas (who is one of the greatest emcees of all time) is that he's actually a pretty boring guy. He doesn't really have a "star-like" aura about him. But HE'S The Great Pharaoh Nasir. YOU are overwhelmingly...NOT. It takes some pretty phenomenal talent to get over the lack of "like-a-bility" and most of you are not.
Seventh, you're whole style is bitten. You know the expression, "it's all been done b4"? Well, while this is true TO A DEGREE, simply giving in to that frame of thought is idiotic. Why would ANYONE wanna see a fake ass, far lesser talented Nikki Menaj or Drake clone, when they can just GO SEE/BUY/LISTEN to Nikki Menaj or Drake? Well, not only do ur desired fans think this way, but promoters and A&R's feel this way too. At LEAST fkn attempt to add ur own seasoning to the recipe...SOME sort of personal flair, instead of just essentially raping someone else of their style.
Eighth, your performances SUCK. On stage or on camera you're not engaging, you're kinda like an awkwardly moving, breathing mannequin, that occasional may say something funny or witty in a line or two...but really, we're more interested in what's going on at the bar or on the HDtv's hanging from the walls. You don't connect with the crowd, nor do you put on a SHOW. You just basically, hop on stage and rap over some music as you would if you were practicing at home in ur mirror. Shit, half of you rhyme over your vocals which is utterly repugnant. Karaoke singers deserve more respect than you.
Lastly (for now), you're just not any fucking good. At some point we all need PERSPECTIVE. To step outside of ourselves and look at things from a different view. And sometimes when we do that, we realize...we really just don't fucking measure up to more successful artists. Once you accept that, you can either QUIT or WORK HARDER at figuring out what's "missing". It may be a fixable or learnable (yes, I just made that word up) thing. Or it may simply be TALENT that's missing. Either way...you gotta be real with yourself at some point, cuz honestly a lot of you are just wasting hard drive space on engineer's computers that could seriously be better used for downloading internet midget porn...or something.
I'm certain a few of these will strike many of you the wrong way...I don't mind that. And I really don't mean to be as disrespectful to you "working toward a dream". I'm actually trying to HELP YOU. Not deter you...
...well, I AM trying to deter those of you that genuinely suck. I, nor anybody else, wants to hear you.