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.

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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 -- 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).



BabyPa
Beats & Culture
Beats & Potes
BeatConnexion
Bliss Channel
Bob42jh

Chill Masters
Chillhop Official
Cratestream

Daily Dopes
Dealer De Musique
Diggin'Beatz
DiscoverTheVibes
DLoaw
Dope and Bagels
Drops152

FilterHQ

HHVIBE
Holy Chill

IAmPeteRockFan
iE4tBe4tz808
Infinit

jamutka3
JustGoodMusicPromo

Konectt

Le Sons des Chefs

mariagrt1
Mellowbeat Seeker
Mellow Uploads
MineurDuSon

Never skip the intro

Pandanj Music

Raelsatu
RawLikeSushi514
Rocket Chillin
Ryou R

snaresallday
TheSecondChoiceMusic
Superb Essentials
S(w)ingin' In The Rain

Vinc Vibesnsounds
VoicedOut
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.


Blackwell - Ice Cream Freeverse


Bull City representative Blackwell is prepping to release The Book of Eli - Volume 1: Apocalypse later this month. Blackwell teams up with KTM tv and presents a lyrical lesson over Wu-Tang's "Ice Cream".

The Book of Eli - Volume 1: Apocalypse will be produced entirely by Soul Council member Fatin 10 and hosted by Dj Wade-O.


Box of Wolves Interview: Instrumental Music That Speaks to the Masses


Music is strong and very emotional. Sometimes in life you will come across a creative being that is truly blessed. Box of Wolves is a talented graphic designer, UIX designer and musician that resides in Canada. This productive beatsmith yearns to create music that encompasses his mood. The transferable magic that he creates resonates with his growing audience. Check out the interview with the prolific genius below.

First and foremost, where did your name, Box of Wolves, come from?

Actually, it was username/moniker I went with when I first created by Soundcloud account back in 2011. It was meant to to an alias for uploading monthly mixes for my music blog (thevenomblog.com). Soon after I started uploading my original work and decided to stick with the moniker.

So doing my research I notice that your music is classified as Chillwave, Synthwave, Nu Disco. Would you mind sharing your influences with the masses?

Well first and foremost, I really love music and I'm into everything except country. When I listen to a song or an artist and I really like what I hear, that's all that matters to me. Listening to music in a more critical perspective is how I determine this. Songwriting, style, elements used, rhythm, you know, all that stuff. But when I work on my own music I like to give off a feel good/nostalgic vibe most of the time. I'm a 90s kid and I've always had a weakness for summer beachside or poolside music (DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - "Summertime", or even Queen Latifah - "Weekend Love"). Now while that nostalgic feel is what I visualize, but in terms of style I'm very influenced by artists like Washed Out, Goldroom.

I really like the Goldroom - "Till Sunrise" premix that you did. What inspired you to remix the track?

Thanks! Goldroom released the vocal stems of the track 2 weeks before the actual song was released to see what people can come up with without hearing the original hence the "Premix". I really loved the vocals and I thought I could definitely do something with it as if it were my own track and based on the lyrics I knew the song was meant to have a summer sunset vibe. So that is what I did. I constructed my elements around the vocals like I normally do with my own songs so it doesn't feel like just another remix, but a song of it's own. There's no rule that says a remix has to be dance or super altered to be different from the original.



You are a creative being that also excels at graphic design. I notice that you use Fiverr as well. Describe the joy associated with creating artwork for customers?

It's quite amazing really. Doing that gig thought a lot of thing about myself. The way I view myself creatively and managing my time between working full-time as a software designer, doing music, fiverr and my personal life. I didn't think I'd be able to handle it all without being stressed or running out of ideas or creative juice, but I did. As of yesterday, I have completed 801 covers on fiverr. I think that's quite an achievement for something only meant to be a hobby. I get more experienced with every cover I design, both in skill or creativity. It's also given me the opportunity to work with some really great up and comers.

Music is a powerful medium that has a huge impact on one's mood. A lot of your work is instrumental and void of vocals. How do you speak through your music?

And that's what I'm trying to achieve. Being able to put the listener in that nostalgic state with my music. Sometimes you can achieve that with the composition of your sound. It does not have to be complex or over produced. I'm more visual with my music. That being said, my 2 most recent official single have vocals but that's because they work with what I have composed, not because I have to in order to get a complete track out. To me, mood and visuals and vibe is everything.


 

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