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Hip-Hop producers are weak-minded?


Why are hip-hop producers killing their own careers by undervaluing their own talents and allowing others to take advantage of them? Some producers feel they have to give beats away to promote themselves. But consider the following points. 

When a producer gives a beat to a rapper/manager/label without asking for anything in return, in other words, "for the love," that entity can: 
1. Sell the song for a profit and never pay the producer 
2. Build his/her brand and boost his/her career 
3. Monetize online plays/streams (even on your Youtube and Soundcloud pages) 
4. Book shows/tours based on this original music 
5. Merchandise and profit 
6. Submit music for radio/tv play without ever determining publishing splits 
7. Pay for marketing, design, photos, engineering, merchandise, but not for production 
The producer loses in every scenario. Where's "the love?" It's not unreasonable to expect some type of fair compensation for your talents and efforts. Making a living doesn't ruin your art. Ideas for producers: 
1. 50/50 album partnerships with recording artists 
2. Trades (beats in exchange for verses, etc) 
3. Set a floor and ceiling for beat prices and stay consistent 
4. Production deals 
5. Releasing instrumental music (create a demand for yourself) 
6. Monetizing your own streaming music (Content ID, Adsense, etc) 
7. DJ for artists you produce for to split show fees 
8. Form groups with even splits (Ever heard of Gangstar?) 
9. LEARN. The more you know, the less you can be taken advantage of.
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Gunplay - Leave Da Game (produced by DJ Pain 1)


DJ Pain 1 is proud to announce his involvement in Maybach Music Group recording artist Gunplay's long-awaited debut album. Gunplay's collaborative effort with Masspike Miles, entitled "Leave da game," was produced by DJ Pain 1 and features guitar by Memory. Stream the song above.
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Making beats live in the street


Platinum producer DJ Pain 1 set up a beatmaking studio on a street corner in downtown Madison and asked total strangers to make beats with him. Then a group of kids showed up. This is how it went down.
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How to market your music on Facebook


Want to know the secrets of marketing your music on Facebook? In this video, social media expert Mike Trampe joins DJ Pain 1 and Shah to give out tips and secrets to music marketing success.
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Rayven Justice ft. Bizzy Crook - I Like (Free download)

New for 2015, independent Hip-Hop up-and-comer Rayven Justice and Bizzy Crook go in on a smooth beat produced by Bizness Boi and DJ Pain 1, off The Cassette Playlist mixtape. Download for free via the soundcloud link above.
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