Tupac Shakur once said, “I’m tryin to make a dollar out of fifteen cents. It’s hard to be legit and still pay tha rent.” Money, as a matter of fact, is the reason behind the existence of mankind. It doesn’t matter if you want it, its the primary reason of your survival. Careers are just a way of choosing a path which leads you to earn a satisfactory amount of money. Hip-Hop heads wants a career in hip-hop but earning from what you love becomes a task sometimes.
Here are the ways that can earn you a livelihood easily from hip-hop.
1. BECOME A SONGWRITER
Not everyone is financially strong to buy necessary equipment for a studio. If you’re a person who understand rhymes and music theory, writing songs can bring in some crazy paper for you. Write for some successful or renowned artists and who knows the that you write might become a global hit? Royalties for writing songs can be a great option. Ghost-writing, on the other hand, is another way of securing yourself in the business. Don’t go for your due credits and ask for a one time fee before giving an artist your self-written song. Rappers like Eazy-E and Dr Dre were successful recording artists but they had a tough time with pen and paper.
2. BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR
BY TRADING INSTRUMENTALS
We know for a fact that the internet is filled with free hip-hop beats. On the contrary, there is a producer who is supplying his product to meet the demand of the market. Since hip-hop has become the modern day’s Rock n’ Roll, the competition is for real. If you’re skilled enough meet the industrial demand, the money is looking for you
BY SELLING SOUND LOOPS AND KITS
Every producer has a different taste which leads to a different sound. There a lot of people who might like a particular sound from your tracks. Regardless of your popularity, people can like your drum sounds, raisers, synth-mods, mixer presets etc. If you’re using authentically designed self-produced sounds, selling your signature sounds can earn you some extra and serious cash.
BY SELLING MERCHANDISE
Merchandise is a commodity in itself. Designer hip-hop T-Shirts, posters, greeting cards, key-chains, coffee mugs, watches and several other things can bring some insane amount of money.
BY PROVIDING GRAPHICS
Artworks or album covers are a very important part of a successful track. Just like a logo of company, artworks sometimes hold a way deeper meaning than a human brain usually processes. There are artwork designers who charging several grands for providing an artwork to an artist. Spectrum or Typographical videos are getting popularity as well. So, if you’re good with graphics, contact some artists and get in business.
3. MANAGE OTHER ARTISTS
Yes, Artist and Relations managers are earning their desired amount of money. This is a two-way career. You can work for a label (both permanently and as a free lancer) by helping them in finding new artists for their overall business. On the other hand, you can manage a particular artist/artists by helping them in becoming one of the best-selling artists globally. For an instance, Suge Knights is the man behind some of the most famous West-Coast hip-hop artists like Dr Dre, Tupac and others.
4. IF YOU HAVE A STUDIO, YOU CAN EARN SOME CASH BY:
RENTING YOUR STUDIO
Many of the famous studios are hired on rent for a particular project by famous artists. Recording artists record their tracks in these studios on an hourly, daily and several other basis. In exchange, they pay a decided amount as a fee to the studio owner for using their equipment. If you don’t have a proper studio, there are other ways to earn as well.
PROVIDING AUDIO MIXING AND MASTERING SERVICES
There is a popular saying in the music industry which suggests that behind every award winning singer, there is a sound engineer laughing at the singer’s skills. A good song becomes good when a sound engineer provides a proper mix of the elements used in a song. No song can become a hit if it sounds awful. If you have a good ear in mixing and mastering a track, you can earn a great fortune. Even if this your thing but you lack the skills, there are courses that can help you out. If you don’t want to invest, YouTube your queries.
PROVIDING SOUND EFFECTS (SFX) TO CLIENTS
SFx are one of the many factors that can increase the feel of a situation. Every thing you hear from the shattering of a glass to Lil Wayne’s signature of sparking a cigarette lighter is part of Sound Effects. If you can record live sound effects properly, you can provide an important service to your clients.
5. SPIT WHAT MAKES SELLS
Hip-Hop industry is witnessing new rappers everyday. If you have the potential of becoming a record-breaking and best-selling artist, you should work hard for it. Distribute the work among sound engineers, higher a great sound engineer and get an eye-catching artwork, get a manager to get a deal.
We know for a fact that nothing mentioned above is easy but we assume that you’re passionate and hardworking enough to achieve anything in life. Even if you’re earning, you should work for an extra hour daily to earn some extra bands. Work hard to get good, work even harder to become better.