Guest Star: Devin The Dude Credits Rap-A-Lot For Igniting The Indie Game

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 11:50AM

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In this Guest Star blog former Rap-A-Lot artist Devin the Dude discusses how his ex-label led the way for the current wave of independent record companies in the rap game today.


It's almost a no-brainer in these times with technology and how it is and how easy it is to record and promote things on your own without a major record label. A lot of labels are springing up and to wait around for a major deal is probably not a really wise thing to do when you can go out and create something and get it to be your own.

It's like Houston, with Rap-A-Lot, it really was the base of what made up an independent company as far as rap. That was like the mold almost. When you think about it, Rap-A-Lot showed a lot of people how to open up an independent record company and how to maintain it and keep it moving.

So a lot of people in Houston, well, Texas in general has been looking at that mold and kind of copying that over the years, so, they have been doing that since the early 1990's and now it's 2010 and you can only imagine all the seeds that have been sprouted since then. And that's why it's so huge out there right now as far as having an independent record company out there in Texas.

But then again, it is the more the merrier, it just depends. Every situation ain't the same. So I wouldn't say having an independent record company is far better than having a major label contract deal. It really just depends on what you're looking for and what's happening with your situation. ---as told to Senior News Writer Cyrus Langhorne

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