Three 6 Mafia’s Juicy J recently dished out some industry advice for rap rookies and named the most difficult part about being in the music business.
While Juicy said all hip-hop artists should stay motivated and never give up, he did admit everyone should have a back-up plan just in case things do not pan out.
“Don’t give up. Keep working at it and if it’s for you, it’ll come … You have to have a back-up plan,” Juicy said when asked what advice he has for up-and-coming musicians. “[Hardest part?] Staying focused. It’s easy to get off track and get off balance, and steer off into something else. You have to stay focused.” (The Miami Hurricane)
Last month, Maybach Music Group’s Wale warned hip-hop rookies of keeping too many people in their entourages.
“I don’t have no [dead weight]. Message to all rappers, stop carrying around dead weight, ‘Yes Men,’ dog. That sh*t is not lucrative at all. It’s not lucrative. [Do I have stories?] Nah, I just see a lot of dead weight. You’ve got to make sure everybody’s working, man. … In any hustle, you’ve got to put in something to get something. A lot of people think you sign a record deal and kick your feet up. I think when you sign a record deal, you’ve got to become even more independent because you’re getting a push. If you don’t get to a certain level with the push, you look crazy. I’d rather do no numbers independent than doing no numbers with a major. I fear that failure more than I want to get money. I’m scared to fail. The money ain’t the issue at all.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Young Money’s Nicki Minaj recently revealed how success in the rap game has sparked a hunger for obtaining more than just material things.
“My goal in the beginning was to buy my mother a house. Now I realize, Okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire. I’m thinking of a legacy that I can be proud of and wealth that my grandchildren can use to go to college. So world domination–in terms of providing for my family–is absolutely my goal.” (ELLE)
Last fall, Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon dished out some music industry advice to hip-hop newcomers.
“Really know when it’s your time, and really pursue it. Pursue being consistent when it is your time, because sometimes artists get hot and they drop the ball after one or two good looks. It’s so important to really take advantage of that moment. When you got a buzz going and your creative fluids is going, you gotta keep running.” (XXL Mag)