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The 8 Big Mistakes Indie Rappers Make

The 8 Big Mistakes Indie Rappers Make

S&H Public Relations and Hip-Hop Wired Join Forces to Help Independent Rap Artists Achieve Success

Los Angeles, CA, September 2011 – Rappers come a dime a dozen and the majority will never have their music see the light of day. Still, those who do succeed follow certain basic rules that allow them to get closer to their goal. To that point, S&H Public Relations, a PR agency which specializes in promoting Hip Hop artists, and Hip-Hop Wired, one of the internet’s premier Hip Hop and R&B magazine, have partnered to create a weekly advice column for independent rappers. Titled “Please Listen to my Demo”, this series starts September 7, 2011 on HipHopWired.com and kicks off with The 8 Big Mistakes Indie Rappers Make. Here’s an abridged version:

1. Unrealistic Expectations
… Don’t think for a minute that the successful artists you look up to are doing nothing but chillin’ 24/7, countin’ their paper, and hookin’ up with groupies. A lot of hard work goes into making this look easy to you…

2. Lack of Creativity
…Does anything about your music make you stand out or are you just copying what everyone else is doing? Genuine talent and creativity are key. That’s what will ultimately separate one-hit wonders from timeless acts.

3. No Knowledge of the Music Industry
…The industry is changing almost everyday. You need to understand this game and what drives it…

4. No Showmanship
… Do you know how to entertain an audience so that they’ll want to see you again? If you’re ever lucky enough to make a name for yourself, your showmanship can propel you to great success and help you maintain longevity…

5. Mediocre Mix
…Producing and recording is one thing, mixing and mastering is another. Just because you know how to make beats doesn’t mean you have an ear for mixing…

6. Sloppy First Impressions
…You may not have a million dollar budget but making a good impression doesn’t cost a thing when you take genuine pride in your art…

7. Poor Online Presence
…Without an online presence, you can officially count yourself out of having any chance of success in this game…

8. No Marketing Plan
…So you got your music sounding right, your image is on point, and your online presence looks solid. But how will people know you exist? A little research into how to coordinate a basic marketing campaign will get you to the next level and closer to your goal…

Sebastien Elkouby, co-founder of S&H Public Relations, says, “Millions want to be successful rappers but have no idea how to get there. This series of article doesn’t promise to make anyone a star but it will help aspiring artists put the odds in their favor. Collaborating with a well respected site like Hip-Hop Wired will allow the message to reach a wider audience of up-and-comers.”

For the full length article, visit http://www.hiphopwired.com/2011/09/08/the-8-big-mistakes-indie-rappers-make and make sure to check in weekly to follow the “Please Listen to my Demo” series.

About Hip-Hop Wired

Hip-Hop Wired is the dominant cultural site on the web providing up to the minute music industry and entertainment news relating to Hip-Hop and R&B along with insightful political content to fuel the thinking masses. Streaming the latest tracks from the hottest MCs signed and unsigned, Hip-Hop Wired also hosts a video portal for the latest virals released by your favorite artists. We don’t follow the trend…We dictate it!

Media Contact:

Michael “Ice-Blue” Harris
MOGULDOM MEDIA GROUP/President – Operations Manager of Hip-Hop Wired
678-691-1531
HipHopWired@gmail.com

About S&H Public Relations

S&H Public Relations (SNHPR.com) is a Los Angeles – based company dedicated to promoting Hip Hop artists and culture. We pride ourselves on working with artists who aim to push Hip Hop music forward. We believe that many talented Hip Hop artists, usually referred to as “underground”, are often overlooked due to lack of resources. S&H’s goal is to provide affordable services to quality artists who are looking to receive greater exposure.

Media Contact:

Sebastien Elkouby
S&H Public Relations
310-654-1681
Info@SNHPR.com

Why New Rapper Madd Mary Will Reassure You That There is More to Female Rap Than Nicki Minaj and Kreayshawn

6 Reasons Why New Rapper Madd Mary Will Reassure You That There is More to Female Rap Than Nicki Minaj and Kreayshawn

Los Angeles, California, September 2011 – While the average music fan is led to think that female rappers don’t exist beyond Kreayshawn and Nicki Minaj, Hip Hop artist Madd Mary counters such belief by releasing her first EP, “The Kitchen Press”. Instead of relying on manufactured controversy, image over substance, subpar production, and second-rate lyrics, Mary reassures Hip Hop fans that rap music is safe in her hands. Unafraid to challenge the mainstream perception that female rappers have little to offer beyond sex-appeal and simple dance music, Mary follows in the footsteps of Hip Hop icons like MC Lyte and Lauryn Hill who have created timeless music.

To back up her claims, she’s come up with 6 reasons why you should be on the look out for her music.

1. “I don’t have a man writing my lyrics like so many female rappers often do. I’m an adult and I can express myself by myself.”

2. “I can get my point across without being foul-mouthed. I leave that to more immature rappers who haven’t developed their vocabulary yet.”

3. “I won the “Best Female Rapper” award at the 2003 N.Y Int’l Music Festival off the strength of my mixtape. Not too many artists win awards without an official album already released.”

4. “I give my listeners balance. My music is thought-provoking and entertaining without sacrificing one for the other.”

5. “Me and my cousin, who is also a female, produced a third of the EP. How many females do you know who rap and produce their own music? Not many.”

6. “This EP gives you just a little taste of what the full length album will sound like. You haven’t heard anything yet.”

To conclude, Mary adds, “Most of these corny rappers are not on my level but I challenge them to a rap battle any day just to make a point. Sure, they’re famous and successful but lack the most important element for any real rapper – skills! You can only hide behind your money and image for so long ladies!”

To prove that such boasting isn’t just a ploy to profit off hype and sensationalism, Madd Mary’s EP is available as a free download at WhoIsMaddMary.com. Look out for a full length album as well as the documentary, “Diary of a Female Rapper” in early 2012. To get the latest info on Madd Mary’s projects, visit her at www.facebook.com/whoismaddmary and follow her on Twitter at @whoismaddmary. Also, check out the new Madd Mary interview at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlYK68xEgeQ.

About Madd Mary

In 2001, Madd Mary crafted an 11-track demo that garnered the attention of urban powerhouse label Def Jam. After negotiations fell apart, the disappointed but determined MC dropped a mixtape that would win her the “Best Female, Hip-Hop” award (’03 N.Y Int’l Music Festival), an Underground Music Award nomination and a nod from the editors of Billboard Magazine to showcase in the Discmaker’s Independent Music World Series finals (’06). Mary’s current EP, “The Kitchen Press”, is most notable for its absence of the sexually explicit lyrics so prevalent among other rappers. Armed with raw talent and an indomitable will, Madd Mary is determined to lead a new generation of independent MC’s-both male and female, into a brave new world.

Media Contact:

Sebastien Elkouby
S&H Public Relations
310-654-1681
info@snhpr.com

Australian Producer Creates a Soulful Sound

Australian Producer Creates a Soulful Sound that Speaks to a Global Audience Thirsty for Timeless Hip Hop Music

Los Angeles, CA, September 2011 – Following the success of the Australian release, “For the Rest of My Days”, The Silent Titan aka Tomasz Charuk, prepares to make new fans with the U.S release of his debut album. Distributed through legendary Fat Beats Records, the album that Australian media praised for its refreshing blend of soulful Hip Hop beats and jazz infused melodies is now set to inspire American audiences.The Silent Titan

Tomasz Charuk, who has been making a name for himself in his native Australia for the past ten years, is eager to see how U.S Hip Hop fans will take to his sound. “I wanted to create an album that couldn’t be pin pointed or linked directly to one corner of the globe”, he says. Often compared to iconic producers such a Pete Rock and Madlib, Tomasz simply sees it as a matter of building on the tradition that the greats have established. He comments, “As a producer who has great honor and devotion for Hip Hop culture, I’m here to express to the world through my music with what these pioneers have taught me through their production. The sheer volume and quality of music that they have both created is something to behold and aspire to without a doubt.”

While For the Rest of My Days is mostly an instrumental album, it does feature guest appearances by underground heavyweights such as Oh No and MED (Stones Throw Records) as well as Prince Po from Organized Konfusion fame. Rounding out the project is vocalist Jace Excell, a Brooklynite now calling Australia home, who lends his smooth harmonies to two tracks. Regarding collaborating with such respected artists, Tomasz says, “I was incredibly lucky to be able to collaborate with artists of this caliber on the record. These are artists I’ve been listening to for years. As I had envisioned, they all highlighted my production enormously and I hope to collaborate with all of them again in the near future.”

For the Rest of My Days drops August 30, 2011 and includes a bonus track not previously available. Look for the album at various independent retailers across the U.S. as well as online at iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. Learn more about The Silent Titan at TheSilentTitan.tumblr.com or connect via Facebook at Facebook.com/TheSilentTitanOnly.

About S&H Public Relations

S&H Public Relations is a Los Angeles – based company dedicated to promoting Hip Hop artists and culture. We pride ourselves on working with artists who aim to push Hip Hop music forward. We believe that many talented Hip Hop artists, usually referred to as “underground”, are often overlooked due to lack of resources. S&H’s goal is to provide affordable services to quality artists who are looking to receive greater exposure.

Media Contact:

Sebastien Elkouby
S&H Public Relations
310-654-1681
info@snhpr.com

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