“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl.But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”- MLK
The above words were said by a revolutionary leader, Martin Luther King. He is well known for great words that motivated many men. Today we want to look at how his words are useful to a young talented hip-hop head who is in this concrete jungle trying to make it.
“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl.But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
I suppose if he were talking to independent artists that are about to give up on breaking out in this industry, where nepotism and being overlooked cripples hopes it would be.
“If you can’t be on radio, distribute your cd to everyone on your block. If you have not enough cd’s, perform at every open mic and if you can’t perform anywhere, upload your music online.”
You can create your own variation but as you can see what that statement is saying is that at whatever capacity you have. Do what you can about your dream. Do not wait to have everything in your hands to perform a certain task. Find an alternative way, based on the abilities and resources you have to keep moving. Provision follows purpose. When you fulfil a purpose, the floodgates of provision open up.
A simple cd may end up in the hands of a renowned producer who may get interested in you, by design or accident. So I challenge you today, not to take that soundcloud or hulkshare account for granted. I encourage you not to take open mic sessions at that local bar for granted. That’s were your loyal fans will first see you and spread word about you on and offline.
Synik clearly states in his song Walk With Me that he just recorded a demo called Beta Version, with poor mastering, personally burnt the CD’s and passed them on to a few guys. I got that project from a kid in Bluff Hill and he had got it from someone who was not even Synik. Later on that project landed in the hands Begotten Sun, a man who knows the industry well, not only from a local perspective but an international perspective. Provision follows purpose. When you fulfil a purpose, the floodgates of provision open up.
Synik at first did not have a record label, so he signed himself to himself. We saw him monthly perform at Mashoko during it’s time. All those things ended on someones camera, and raised his visibility and street credibility. He ended up with an album produced by FTR and Begotten Sun which scooped 3 Awards out of 4 nominations. We are talking about a guy who does hip-hop radio does not like to spin, killing commercial competition in 3 categories.
There are really so many examples of people that first performed work and got provision. Even Jesus Christ is a good example. Who would have hesitated to give him and the disciples shelter and water with the work they did? He could untie a donkey and use it for his mission, his purpose was and is great and so is your purpose. You want to entertain people through your gift. You have a message to give the world.
There is no need to wait for a chance to say it to 2million ears when you can improve the lives of the 30 that are in your reach today, who each have 10 friends they can spread it to. If that work is really worth sharing, DJ’s will feel left out soon and begin to rock with it. If it it cannot stand-out of course the 30 will get it and forget about it.
There is no way you’ll ever want to listen to a good song alone. Do not give up on music sharing. Write all your connections down. Write down the resources and all the places you can be allowed to perform. The blogs that take artists like you and make positive effort to take your music to them, one of them will put it up. The others may have a lot of submissions do not dismay continue.
SOHH has not played your jam? Find out about other shows, submit there and perhaps send the same song each week, till they see it. They obviously have a load of submissions after-all. Hip-hop is not for quitters or people who do not intend to go all the way in. Let’s do this…. Let’s take olver the industry and lets take Zimhip-hop to Zimbabwe before we take it to the world. Peace