“All You Gotta Do Is”…

The thirsty will drink anything. The hungry will hold out for a real meal.

Seems everyone you meet has some advice on how you should break into the industry. I don’t care if it’s your baby daddy, grandma’s hair dresser, or the mailman. Everyone has heard the story of MC so and so who got on selling records out the trunk, Lil such and such rapping for (insert famous person here) in the parking lot of the Waffle House {and they got signed in the car}, or Blahzay Splee blowing up off Youtube. One of my  friends calls me tonight with some new advice on breaking into the industry he just heard on the radio.. He said, “All you have to do is make a DVD and give it to club XYZ and if they like you can be an opening act.” He didn’t say it quite as concise as what I wrote, but that was the gist of it. I listened to him go on and on for about 5 minutes until finally I cut in, ” Is that all I have to do is give them a DVD?” I tried to explain without sounding resistant that it’s a great idea, but I don’t have a current DVD from one of my shows. “It doesn’t matter he said, just give them a DVD of anything.”  I’m thinking- is he really serious? Every artist knows that first impressions are everything. Does he mean just send them a freestyle from the shower, or a morning rant with my natural standing straight up to the sky? I guess I could peruse the internet for ideas, but that could take a minute. I gave him a few horror stories I’ve experienced with open mics, talent shows, the pay for play scams people run, etc., but none of this seem to register with him. Then it dawned on me.. At some point to the average Joe if you’re not willing to do something equally as outrageous as the stories they’ve heard about other famous people to get on, then to them you’re just not hungry enough to pursue your dream. Of course in my head that’s not really the case. I’m already going for it. The better explanation might be, some of us might be hungry, but just not that “thirsty”..

The examples in this post are fictional and meant for entertainment purposes only. Any references in this post to anyone’s real life situation other than the author’s is purely coincidental.


Say My Name

PHAYME - Do Yo ThangI’m always surprised when people ask me how to pronounce my name. I’ve probably heard every possible word combination. Some say Fame (that’s correct), others say Fam-ee, or some just say my personal favorite, Pay Me! My advice is to just say it how you feel it. For those that want/need an explanation, The PH makes the “F” sound (think of the PHAT in PHAT Farm) which makes the word PHAYME sound like fame. Originally, PHAYME was short for Player Haters Ask Y Me? Now I don’t use it so much. At any rate, that my friends concludes today’s phonics lesson. Did you think my name was pronounced any differently? If so, leave a comment..

Until the next time…

~Peace Tribe


Nickel Bag…

No,  it’s not what you think. It’s actually one of the tracks off my online LP, “The Second Coming.”  I know many of us in life, including myself, talk about how we wish things could get better. We want to be upgraded and fast.. But how many of us actually take action? They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. That sounds about right. That’s what Nickel Bag is about.. Ole rap heads are gonna appreciate the sample and others will enjoy listening to verses that kind of remind you of somebody you know. Let me know what you think..

Listen and Buy here.


Underground Hip Hop Awards..

Imagine an award show just dedicated to underground artists. Those who do not have deals with major labels and who may or may not ever get deals, but make the music for the love of it. We would need a governing body (sort of like the grammy’s) and representatives in every corner of the USA (and abroad once things got bigger) to constantly scout and listen for talent. Each state would nominate their top artists and these artists would then be placed into categories in the national award show. Of course we’d have to film it on HD and even have a small to medium size theater to hold the event. Could we ever have that much unity in Hip Hop?  Could it be that organized?

And then I wake up :-).


Let me start by first saying I absolutely looooove being a female that can rap. There used to be a time when there weren’t that many of us in the game, but now you see women rocking the mic everywhere. Back in the day you were considered a novelty, but if it was found you were actually good then you got your props. Unfortunately, there’s still some BS involved especially when you work with new people. I put together a quick list of things you might go through as a female rapper. Let me know if you have ever been a victim (or a perpetrator) of this..

  1. Some producers (unless they’ve heard your work) assume that if you’re female you won’t be that good: Even if you do have bars, you might get played like you don’t simply because you are a girl. Even your male rap counterparts will say ignorant sh** like, “You hot for a girl,” and please believe it that is shade. Any rap dude who utters this should get the side eye because he’s implying that no matter how good you are you are still not as good as the most garbage male rapper. FOH.. Even if a producer doesn’t say it (but you suspect it), peep how he will give a hotter track to his boy {who sounds like garbage heated up twice} and give you some half ass ‘I’mJustPracting’ type beat.
  2. If you are a female that raps the first question asked is what you look like and how old you are: In my opinion/experience this is just a way to size you up, possibly throw shade, and has nothing to do with your talent. Back in the day when labels actually cared about ‘artist development,’ the younger you came to the table the better because your career had more chance for longevity. Now one hit wonders spring up everyday and barely last past the first album so it doesn’t matter how old you are unless you look a hot mess, can’t move on stage, or got one foot in the grave (then you got other issues). It seems the standard only applies to females since our age is directly linked to our perceived sexuality (the operative word is perceived). As if it’s attractive for a man to look tired, sluggish onstage suffering  from a drop in T levels. Talent transcends all. Next..
  3. Some think they know what’s best for you creatively (even if it’s not their role) and if you have any objections or comments you’re seen as a bitch, a Diva, or hard to work with: Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t be open to collaboration, but when someone tries to change your entire track/concept from the original (and you know they’re trying to get writers credits), then it’s time for you or your manager to speak up. A good producer will vibe with you and at least meet you half way not try to hijack and remake your whole project to their specifications.
  4. If you do not have a feminine look and style of dress that is sexually appealing to men expect that you will get made over.  The funny is, this obviously doesn’t apply to male rappers because I’ve seen at least one or two that look like they are in need of a good detox, scrub down, hair cut, and febrezin’.. Females aren’t let off the hook that easy.  Sure some may come into the game looking a lil’ rought and tough, but after one hot record in and more exposure, you can bet a stack them next photos will show her either wearing more girly outfits, heels, makeup, and/or showing some skin.
  5. You will automatically be compared to the female rapper of the day who is hot commercially/mainstream:  Unfortunately, that will be your bar depending on who’s listening. If your style doesn’t sound like it can be as marketable as the IT girl of the day, you might get told you don’t have what it takes simply because the listener won’t think outside the box and recognize your unique style. Depending on the situation you might have a chance to discuss it (if you really want to work with that person) or just move on to someone who gets you.
  6. No matter how many female rap artists have been successful over the years, some still act like adding female rap to their roster is an experiment: This sort of ties into  point #5. Someone introduced me to a producer who was already working with a female artist at the time.  His partner brought her to him because they were starting a label. When he began to describe the girl he used words like ghetto, street, etc. and seemed to be disgusted overall with her style. I watched the video she had and didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. In fact the scene he was referring to was an attempt at being sexy and had been done before so what was the problem I wondered. Next out his mouth comes, “It’s already hard to market female rappers…” That said everything right there. I thought- damn how many examples do you need? Get her look tight and if the song is hot it will market itself. I was turned off and knew I didn’t want to work with him right then and there. And of course the female rapper in question never came out on his label either. Heck, the label never even made it out… The game
  7. You come on the business tip, but the man/woman you’re meeting with is thinking about ways he or she can smash. What can I say it happens in every industry when a woman is trying to get on not just rap. The worst is the simp who won’t tell you they are interested, but instead keep wasting your time calling you back to the studio to relay vocals and adlibs you’ve already done before (true story). I thought this kat was so professional until I realized what was up. You might have to choose between romance and getting your project out. If you choose the latter like I did, put them calls on block and move on to someone whose ready.
  8. Wives/Girlfriend/Baby Mama of the producers/agents/promoters you work with will automatically think you want their man/woman or the other way around. You gotta tread lightly on this. The person could be making their significant other jealous on purpose even when there’s nothing going on between you two. You might have to befriend the other person to put their mind at ease. Now if you’re being messy on purpose then you’re gonna get what’s coming to you- drama. If you’re serious about your career try to avoid those messy situations.

This is just an example of what female rappers go through on a daily to get in the game. Comment below if you or someone you know has experienced any of the above. I know this was long, but had to get it out there.




No Gimmicks, No Games, No Garbage