How to Get Noticed as a Rapper – A Guide

By Tiara Ogabang

If you want to get noticed, follow these tips

It’s official – Hip Hop culture is the dominant culture when it comes to today’s pop music.

With so many rappers and people trying to make it in the industry, it can be difficult to stand out and get noticed.

Despite all the people out there trying to make it (and all of the noise the crowded space produces), there are some concrete steps you can take to make sure you’re doing your best to stand out above the competition.

We put together this guide to help you learn about ways you can boost your exposure as an artist, gain additional fans and followers, and eventually make it as a professional.

The main tip: promotion, promotion, promotion

If you want to be a famous rapper, you’re going to need to promote your music and your brand.

A successful rapper will do this by building a following of fans that spread the word about you, whether it’s through word of mouth or social media.

In the fast-paced digital age, you need to be more active in engaging with your fans on a daily basis than ever before (a tip we’ll cover later).

The goal: a real career as a rapper

The goal: a real career as a rapper

Launching and running a successful rap career is not easy, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

Your income and career will be determined by how well you can keep your fans excited and coming back for more. For every fast track to success, you will encounter many smaller pitfalls that may cost you money, time, and a long-term career.

Our list contains the 15 biggest tips and pitfalls for rappers looking to get noticed.

While most are fairly easy to overcome, there are a few that could turn your pip dream into a reality.

Hitting up artists to get guest features

Fans will respond well to new material from their favorite artists and producers that feature you.

Fans are so eager to hear new music that they’ll listen to guest features and remixes even if they’re not familiar with you as an artist.

It’s a great idea to do guest features, but it’s important that you pick the right artists to be featured alongside.

If the person you’re collaborating with doesn’t like your work, that can have long-term consequences for you. For example, you may have had a killer hook but not get the full credit you deserve.

Not getting credit may have meant that the people who were listening to you weren’t paying attention. This is not a good thing for your career or credibility.

The greatest trap that you can fall into with guest features is that you spend time and effort on getting guest features, but because you picked the wrong artist, you don’t end up getting any serious benefits.

This makes you lose money on production costs, will take away from your time to write more music, and will hurt the new music you really want to make.

Make sure you’re courting the right features!

Not ensuring your sound is sound

Not ensuring your sound is sound

As an artist, you are expected to create a perfect sound with every recording. Even if a recording sounds awesome on its own, it is assumed that there’s some space that can be filled with a background or additional instruments.

Failing to achieve this is a pretty big mistake. Record your parts and vocals well enough that they sound good without them. The way that you record and mix a track can make a huge difference in how listeners perceive it.

If your mixes are muddy and bassy, it’s going to sound like an old song that sounds dated.

Think about your album as an album. If your tracks are missing something, you can’t expect anyone to put their entire catalog of music into the same album.

Adding something on top of a track is not the same thing as adding something to it.

Using the right equipment and blending your tracks well will make all the difference in how you sound.

Find other artists to collaborate with

It’s important to have a stable of different artists to work with and collaborate with. This allows you to grow your audience and have a variety of opportunities to work with your favorite artists.

As an up-and-coming artist, a lot of producers and artists are going to be interested in working with you.

This is great and may have helped you get some well-deserved features. However, you don’t want to be stuck with artists who don’t add anything to the project or artists who get on your nerves.

If you like working with a particular producer, then choose to work with them. It will benefit both of you.

If your main goal is to make hits, it’s important that you identify collaborators who will do that for you.

On the flip side, if you want to develop your sound, you’ll need to surround yourself with producers who will push you to evolve. A good producer will make you better and your project will be more unique.

Turn heads by acting like a famous artist (even if you aren’t yet)

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A lot of rappers think that they’re already successful because they’ve had an appearance on an episode of some big hip hop radio show. You are not some big star, so don’t act like one. This will just upset your fans who are trying to give you the support that you deserve.

At the same time, it can be immensely helpful to walk with a bit of pep in your step.

While you don’t want to overdo it, if you act like you’re a success, people may just start to see this as the reality.

The truth is, people want to be associated with (and be around) people who are already successful.

This creates a bit of a catch-22 – to be successful, it pays to be successful. But how do you become successful initially?

To get attention, try embracing the character of a successful rapper. Don’t be afraid to inhabit this character!

Take care of your legal details!

Your style might be awesome, your rhymes might be hot fire, but if you run into legal trouble, none of it will matter.

It’s not uncommon to have lawsuits from music artists.

If you are just getting started, it may not be a good idea to have a lawsuit filed on your name. There are plenty of ways to avoid these types of lawsuits, such as getting a trademark on your name.

If a company is going to call their product whatever you call yours, it would be in their best interest to be able to use the mark. That way, you’re the only one who can use it.

Some lawsuits involve not fulfilling an order for your music.

If you aren’t happy with a few of the artwork that’s been commissioned for a project, then go to the artists and see if they would be willing to remake it. You’ll also want to make sure that all of your taxes are taken care of.

Even though the music industry has become very lucrative, you still have to pay your fair share of taxes. This is a big cost for an up-and-coming artist.

Use tools you already have to promote yourself

There are so many great apps available for your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and even your Android devices.

These apps can make your music creation process way easier. You can use them to enhance your sounds and they can give you great ideas for the tracks that you are making.

These apps also give you great ways to share your work with other people who are also using these tools.

You can collaborate with other artists online. This is a great way to get additional fans for your music and for your projects. This is a great way to find collaborations and to get great ideas from other artists.

Reach out to your fans – they’ll love you for it!

Fans love to see you on social media. This can get your music out to more people. This also makes people more interested in you. Reach out to your fans by using these social media sites. Get them involved in your music creation process and take advantage of the fan forum boards.

This will help you get the feedback that you need to make sure that you stay on top of your game. You can also use the sites to interact with your fans and to listen to what they have to say.

Use social media as a way to build a following and to help you reach your goals.

Make sure to take credit for your catalog

To me, music is all about inspiration. Someone can hear a tune and have a whole new project in mind.

You can use your inspirations as inspiration to create your next project. There are a lot of great songs that started as an idea.

Think about some of your favorite songs.

What are some of the key elements that made them stand out from all of the other songs? Those are some of the key elements that you can use when creating your music.

If you can’t remember the exact song that inspired your next project, then take a look at some of the other great songs. This way, you can get inspired to create something completely new and special. These are the things that you need to get out of your music when it’s finished.

Give back to the community

If you are someone who likes to give back to the community, then this is one of the first things you should do. Support the causes that are important to you. You can use your music to help to support causes such as charities and causes that help those in need.

Songs and music are a great way to give back. You can use them as a tool to raise money for charities. If your fans are inspired by what you are doing, then they are likely to help you in the same way.

The great thing about music is that it is a shared art form. There is great teamwork and cooperation in the music creation process. When you are creating music, consider how you can help to raise funds and awareness for the charity.

Be creative and inspire people

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If you are not a creative person, then this can be a challenge for you to get started. There are a lot of things you can learn about being creative. This can help you to get started on your next project.

Once you understand some of the basics of being creative, you will be able to work with your imagination.

As you get used to being creative, you will be able to incorporate more and more elements into your music. It can be a great way to give back to your fans and to let them explore the world of music creation.

If you don’t take your career seriously, no one else will

You can’t always take yourself too seriously. Sometimes, you should be able to laugh at yourself. If you are going to be someone who plays music, then you have to be able to laugh at yourself and everything that you do.

People are going to laugh at you and they are going to laugh with you.

You should not be ashamed to be who you are. You should not be afraid to try new things and see what works for you.

There is something exciting about trying new things, but at the same time, you should not do things that you would not be proud of.

Keep grinding and the attention will come

If you follow these tips and keep your output and music quality high, it will only be a matter of time before people notice you for your skills as an artist.