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    Icon10 Stop sounding like other rappers do!

    The key to having your music stand out from the rest, is having beats created to be different than what you hear on the radio. Having the same feeling is great but having an original sound is the greater. You can be more creative, because nothing resonates in your mind. I urge all artists to go original... the ocassional beat that reminds you of your favorite song is cool, but you will increase your fanbase, and longevity by being original.

    I just thought I would share a few thoughts.

    P.S. This is why I love crazy pellas.... none of the above mentioned is here but the originality.
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    Default re: Stop sounding like other rappers do!

    Well said...i 2nd that emotion....get the fuck out that box!!!
    Get out that box.

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    Default re: Stop sounding like other rappers do!

    But what happens when every record label is looking for what's hot at the time? Without a fan base, a rapper is just another rapper. It causes a internal struggle. J. Cole was hot, but he didn't really get hot until he started using more commercial beats. Just a thought...

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    u gotta good point...that inner struggle is a mug...that inner struggle is what keeps me getting negative feedback...At the same time for some people it isnt about getting signed look what Kurt Cobain did, he was on top. i feel this is an art...<in my eddie murphy chinese voice> "No 2 painters have same stroke if so...one fake..one real."....but i probably would sell out if the price is right idk...show me some ducketts.
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    here's the deal I'm not a rapper. but you gotta either have something people can relate to, dance to, party to, ride to, fight to. originality is irrelevant to be honest. as long as you can ride a beat and you got either of the above and your marketing is on point then you should have no problem accumulating a fan base

    and really i an imagine it being pretty hard to bring something original. casue every and their mothers is either a rapper or producer/beatmaker now a days
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phortune500 View Post
    But what happens when every record label is looking for what's hot at the time? Without a fan base, a rapper is just another rapper. It causes a internal struggle. J. Cole was hot, but he didn't really get hot until he started using more commercial beats. Just a thought...
    I never said that you shouldn't give the people what they want. I was addressing all those folks that jump on the band waggon of anything hot. Lets not forget hip hop was built on ORIGINALITY. Every rapper or rap group had their own producer, and their own sound back in the early days.

    What we call the "industry" today the older cats would have simply called biting which is a no, no.

    To address the part about fans, lol.... You can be original and have fans, J Cole you used as an example but he actually proved my point. He is a great rapper but he is loved so much because there is NO sound out there like his.

    P.S. What you call industry beats are just beats lol.... I have industry beats, and so do you. What I am saying is when they go through a catalog of beats not to look for what they already hear on the radio, but what suits them best.

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    Default Re: Stop sounding like other rappers do!

    commercial shit is all about money.fuck money.
    never had none, and ive made it this far.
    i think people should make music for them. i dont plan on making doe, but ay ya never kno.
    im always gonna mix words and terms for the fuck of me.

    buuuuuut commercial rappers are way more common than commercial beat. cuse if pittbull drop any beat even if its wutang its classified commecial.

    #cppoints

    but j.cole friday night lights wasnt to commercial and that shit hot.

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    I agree. I love hearing new unique tracks instead of tracks that are similar or near identical to other tracks. My favourite artists are ones who are unique and have their own style for beats. Not the people that copy tracks. It's not an easy thing to do though, being original in rapping.

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    Default Re: Stop sounding like other rappers do!

    Great points in this thread. Whenever searching for new music originality is what I look for.

    All be it "copy" someone else but add your own twist, so it's recognizable as YOU.
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    Default Re: Stop sounding like other rappers do!

    back in my day regions had they own sound....

    so cal had dre, snoop, pac, daz and kurrupt
    no cal had e40, ant banks and too short
    chicago had twista, do or die and crucial conflict
    cleveland had bone thugs
    texas had ugk
    florida had trick daddy and slip n slide
    atlanta had outkast
    new york had biggie, puffy lil kim with wu tang thrown in there.
    new orleans had Mac(2nd greatest rapper next to pac), fiend, cmurder big ed and master p and that whole cash money shit.

    i dont get some of the rappers that are out now. everything is all mixed up. too many collabos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phortune500 View Post
    But what happens when every record label is looking for what's hot at the time? Without a fan base, a rapper is just another rapper. It causes a internal struggle. J. Cole was hot, but he didn't really get hot until he started using more commercial beats. Just a thought...
    Record label executives are predictable, for the most part. They just follow the money. There's nothing original about hip hop music anymore, its all been done before. Even though hip hop of music is among the youngest music forms in existence, it's been around long enough to have established expectations. Artist copy successful songs because they want the success of the original artist. Either that or they just want to act like thier favorite artist. Ultimately, new listeners are more like to listen to the first 30 seconds of their rap if its done on a familiar beat or if they sound like a familiar rapper.

    People in the hip hop industry have unusually large egos, which blinds them from seeing the fact that having copy cats is a complement to what they've accomplished. Once you become successful people want to be like you because it makes them feel better about themselves. Rather you believe to be right or wrong is irrelevant. Regardless of what you like or dislike about it, people will continue to do it for a multitude of reasons. On the other hand, music maker learn from other music makers. Because this is the hierarchy of the way people learn, the side affect is sounding ling someone else. Most of the time this is unintentional and people doing it don't realize it.

    Don't fall into the pitfall of wanting things to be the same forever. As time progresses, we're all forced to adapt or die. Swimming against to the tide will always be harder than swimming with it; however, swimming against waves will make you stronger if you surivive. In other words, use the copy cat frenzy to your advantage and learn to embrace the way things are. After all, what can we or anyone else do to control the actions of other music makers?

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    Great post JC!

    Even though I don't follow rap anymore, I agree with tahill79's point "everything is all mixed up. too many collabos." I'm not saying collabo's are a bad thing but there comes a point when it's too much. Looking through billboard.com hip hop charts more than 60% of the top 50 tracks are featuring other artists.
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    Uniqueness is a specialty. I think if you create from the heart and write music that centers on a message you feel passionate about it should turn into something great that others would want to hear. (This is true whether it's rap, rock, folk, or other music.)

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    Default Re: Stop sounding like other rappers do!

    only true hip hop heads value originality ... for the rest of the masses the think whats on the radio is true hip hop if only they knew how much better the underground is... for most rap and hip hop is no longer about the expression but the money sad really money changes everything... take for instance that Nikes skateboarding line has a shirt that says "jocks suck" nike a brand built on jocks has a a shirt that says they suck becaus ethey know itll sell ... to those who stay true to themselves kudos to those who sell-out itll never be as good as you think

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    Wise words DirtyScope, I agree. Too many rappers out there are living in a fantasy, they aren't actually rappers they just call themselves that cuz they think it will help them to gain recognition, and ultimately 'make it' haha jokes, some people do make me laugh though, especially when they're so damn competitive. Even though in reality they are literally watering down the music I love and am passionate for. Too many copycats and fakers give my music a bad name tbh -peace

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