It is the year 2010. There were scores of significant events and happenings leading up to the turn of the decade that will continue to influence generations hereafter. The worldwide economy was established and solidified. Technology progressed to a point where it has become an integral part of daily living in society. The winds of social change have enabled a black man to become the most powerful man in the world. A black woman in Liberia became Africa’s first female president and China emerged as global powerhouse commanding respect from all world governments looking for cash transfusions. Nevertheless, there is always a constant that never seems to change and is continually in need of improvement. That constant is human behavior. In the spirit of change and progression, the “Ladies” in my “I’m Just Sayin’ Ladies” post has been dropped and I will begin addressing questionable behaviors and situations for both men and women. With that said let’s not waste anymore time…
…if you are over 30 and still pursuing a non-existent career in the music business it is time to take the red pill.
We all know at least one. He’s the brother at work who always has a club flyer to give and a CD to sell or the friend who’s always inviting you to their shows at the pool hall where they are the opening act for Pimp Tight and Mac11. Most of their income is utilized to finance studio time, CD manufacturing, and whatever particular image they’d like to adopt at the time. Their confidence levels are super high and they take any opportunity to display their “skills” and music in public. In most cases, these people are nowhere near to being musical geniuses, gifted, talented or even mediocre. Actually, if you listen to most of their music it is worse than having to eat hot trash.
The music industry is and has been for decades one of the most brutal and extremely competitive businesses a person can attempt to enter into. Everybody and their mama have some type of recorded music now because of computers and the significant presence of the internet. You can’t get on any social networking site and not see a thousand artists trying to promote and distribute their music. Many you just have to look at and say, “Poor child” because most are not aware that their music is garbage.
There are other opportunities within the music industry other than being an artist. The specialties range from songwriting, management, engineering, vocal coaches, entertainment lawyer, etc. Everyone was not meant to be served to the public as an artist. In some instances, the people behind the scenes make just as much money or more than a successful artist. Any of the aforementioned occupations listed could be practiced well into old age.
In conclusion, there are some things that must be compromised when certain age milestones are reached. If you’ve been rapping or crooning for a decade and have yet to develop a fan base of more than 3 people, I think it is safe to say it’s time to put the mic back in the stand. Especially if you are over 30 and if you’re over 40 you need your ass whooped. Keep it funky and be true to yourself. There are other things that you can put that focus and dedication into other than embarrassing yourself, your children, or significant other.