One of Praverb's Favorite mentor's - Dope MC -- St Mic!


 I use to think a wristband didn't mean much, but now I wear this wristband where ever I go since the release of my brother Praverbs "Professional Hobbyist" album, released 2011. Hip Hop has always been a part of my life, from the way I present myself, to the clothes I wear. If you see me in person 90 percent of the time I'm always wearing a hat, and a shirt with a logo on it, and of course some generic


1. How has Hip-hop inspired you? Do you consider yourself unique or generic? Do you inspire other's to do great? Do you provide positive content for generations to come? If so, then you deserve to be heard!

Praverb Did


If those can relate this is a must read!! Love Your Life! Do What You Love!

You constantly repeat the same routine. You wake up. You spend time searching for new jobs and you apply to those jobs. You have a strategy in place. You call the employers after three days pass.

The day arrives and you are nervous. You pick up the telephone with sweaty palms and a perplexed mentality. You try not to "Lose Yourself" and project a sense of confidence as you talk to the operator.

The employer gives you the same pitch that you are accustomed to, stating that "they will contact you if your resume matches the job description."

Depression begins to set in.

Being Unemployed is Depressing

There is nothing like being a starving artist that does not have a job. On December 23rd, 2013, my family and I decided to move to Florida to be closer to family. I knew that this move would test my faith, my patience and most notably my ability to persevere.

I knew right away that it would be difficult for me to get a job right quickly regardless of my education. My wife, who is a nurse, struggled for 2 months before she found a job. The stress of everyday life and the added stress of bills, buying a house and raising a toddler made me feel like a failure.

I felt like I was doing everything that I needed to do to obtain a job. I researched companies, I devised personal cover letters and I committed time to contact the employers, but still no luck.

I began to feel like a complete failure. I could not look my son in the eye without thinking of my miserable situation. I distanced myself from friends and family because of this unsightly sense of pride that I had. I started to lose hope and reading the word became an afterthought.

How I Found My Creative Energy

One day I sat in silence for a few moments and asked God, "Why me?" I wanted to know why he was picking on me. Why my prayers were falling on deaf ears.

A last ditch effort was made to generate some funds, I decided to file for Unemployment. Naturally I was declined unemployment wages due to a bogus FMLA finding (go figure). I had enough I decided to stop searching for work.

Days went by, my beard began to resemble Anthony Hamilton's haha. I lost the drive to do anything productive. Naturally I stumbled onto music again.

Music has always been the equalizer in my life. When my mom died, I turned to music. When I got married, I turned to music. When I had my son, I turned to music. The past few years I tried to establish myself as a taste-maker and decided to suppress my songwriting prowess.

Do this sound like something you can relate to?

I started everyday with this affirmation: I am a creative beast. I began to use other creative affirmations and relied on God to get me through.

I focused on the Power of I AM and started focusing on what I attached to it.

I Am a Creative Beast

I started using this affirmation more and more. I found that my creativity was flourishing because I stated to the universe what I was and not what I was not. I started being thankful for the things that I had as opposed to what I didn't have.

Finally I started living and doing what I was affirming.

▲ I write music consistently because I Am a Songwriter.
▲ I pitch music because I Am a Publicist.
▲ I come up with marketing ideas because I Am a Marketing Genius.
▲ I spend time with God because I Am One with God.

You Are What You Repeatedly Do

Unemployment can hamper your vision. It can have a big impact on your health, soul and relationships. It can even affect your creative output.

The good thing is you do not have to accept and internalize the rejection that you receive from employers. Remember that you are what you repeatedly do.

Continue to showcase your creative power and show people what you can do.

6 months later. I am in a better place. I am doing what I love (still searching for a job but I am thankful that I do PR work). I am stressing less and living more. I am truly blessed.

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Have you ever been Unemployed? How did you keep your sanity and stay creative? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


If your still reading. This is and awesome post that my awesome brother Praverb The Wyse posted due to the unemployment rates. Do what you love, jobs my be scarce but remain positive because believing in God and pursuing your goals is the ultimate test of will. Have faith and keep striving, hard work will payoff in the end. Keep music in your life or whatever it is that you may be amazing at!

~Mike Gaits~

Shout out to Dj Hazey Eightytwo for mixing Praverb's vocals with a memorable 28 tracks of Greatness! This is a must listen! Check out the Link below!

Spoken Word by Twinn

Spoken Word by Twinn -- Eternally Free -- Dedicated to the late Great Praverb The Wyse!

Promoting Beats on YouTube: The Top YouTube Channels for Beatmakers

Producers and Beatmakers worldwide are finding out how hard it is to promote their music online.

There are only a handful of blog outlets available for beatmakers. The niche is super saturated with people fighting for attention.

Producers can try to stand out on Reddit, Stumbleupon or even SoundCloud but it is a slow process and it requires patience.

If you truly want to get your music in front of a targeted audience you have to flock to where they are at. Audiovisual blogs, like the ones listed below will help you get your name out there.

I originally thought about compiling a list for beatmakers after frequenting the bigger audiovisual blogs (think Majestic Casual, The Sound You Need, Heed The Sound, Délicieuse Musique and countless others) and finding small remnants of instrumentality.

Below I have carefully compiled a list of YouTube channles for Beatmakers. I wrote this with instrumental hip-hoppers in mind (boom-bap, jazz hop, chill hop, trip-hop, etc beatmakers).

Beats & Culture
Beats & Potes
Bliss Channel

Chill Masters
Chillhop Official

Daily Dopes
Dealer De Musique
Dope and Bagels


Holy Chill




Le Sons des Chefs

Mellowbeat Seeker
Mellow Uploads

Never skip the intro

Pandanj Music

Rocket Chillin
Ryou R

Superb Essentials
S(w)ingin' In The Rain

Vinc Vibesnsounds
ντεμεκ επωνυμος

Wave of Good Noise

If I missed any channels, please let me know in the comments section below.

Image Credit: Robin Velghe

The Hip-Hop Blog Tracking Sheet

I wanted to put together a simple resource for those that handle blog submissions. Finding out what sites post your content is vital to your success as an artist.

There are tons of hip-hop blogs available for artists that crave blog coverage. It seems like a new blog pops up every week.

The process of submitting music to these outlets is very stressful. I have spent hours upon hours searching for email addresses.

I know how it feels to email people and not get a response but I also know how it feels to receive an email with a post link.

The simple Excel tracking sheet includes the Post Day, the Name of the Blog and the Posted Link. You can access the Excel file by clicking the Download Now image below. Enjoy.

If you find this resource to be helpful, please share it. Knowledge reigns supreme here. The goal is to make your job easier not stress you out.



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