1. Practice your art daily through writing and recording
Success is never achieved by accident. It takes work. It takes sweat. It takes tears. Depending how big your dream of success is, it will likely take blood.
Most of us are never willing to go after our dreams. We talk about them, and dream about them, but few people are willing to implement the work that is necessary to bring those dreams into reality.
Through daily practice and writing, you are beginning to work your rapping muscle. Through consistently doing this you are building a connection and even neural pathways that will make rapping more natural and require less effort.
2. Go low and slow and don’t overlook the basics
You don’t build a house without a foundation, and you’ll never see an empire built in one day. Thus if you’re looking for real success through rapping, you are going to have to master the art, and that requires knowing the foundation and framework.
You need to know how to count music. You need to know the flow and architecture of a good song. Before trying to master intricate rhymes and puns you need to know how to construct bars of music. You need to know your different time signatures. You need to walk before you can run.
Don’t get caught up in the “magic” that the professional artists are displaying. Show that you have what it takes by mastering the basics.
3. Always be learning new things and never let your knowledge stall out
Industries change. They come and go like the ocean tide. Show me any industry in the last 100 years that has not gone through radical transformations and rap is no exception. Since the birth of hip-hop in the 70s, the rap art form has transformed numerous times. From the strict hip-hop of early days to gangster rap, to autotuned rhythms to rock-rap cross overs. Rap has not say still for very long.
So where will you ride the wave to? What will you introduce into this amazing art form or will you be just another poser that is along for the ride?
There are followers, and there are leaders in the rap industry. If you want to make a difference, if you want to really be known, if you want to build something beyond yourself and even this world then you’re going to need to give it everything. You’re going to have to look beyond the framework you know and push yourself to become something more than you are today.
If you don’t stop working like your broke, even when you have all of the money in the world, you’ll build something beyond today. You’ll build a real legacy.