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Artist on the Rise: Stunnah HB

Artist: Stunnah HB
Mixtape: Applyin More Pressure 2
Hosted by: DJ 3000
SBHB’s First Official Mixtape “Applyin More Pressure 2” Hosted By Dj3000 . SBHB is one of the hardest young artist out right now. This tape embodies the art of grinding and the heart of a hustler. “Applying More Pressure 2” represents motivation. Watch SBHB put in
work and apply pressure, follow him on Instagram- @stunnahboihb and Twitter- @941hb. For bookings and features email sbhbmusicbooking@gmail.com.

#ViewsFromDaBooth: What Are You Paying For?

It’s so many scammers, snakes, and wolves in sheep’s clothing in this game, that it can become hard for an artist to trust anyone, let alone pay people for services. As an independent artist, it will seem like everyone has their hand in your pocket. Let me help you navigate through the jungle of jankiness.

I know I’m gonna lose some friends on this one, but F it. Stop paying irrelevant people for online promo. Online promo? The same online that you have access to? That online? Why would you pay anyone to reach the same people that you can reach within minutes? If it’s not a true tastemaker or DJ, do not pay these people. Too many times I see “promo companies” with less followers than you have, offering online promo. It makes no sense, these people are leeches and can do absolutely nothing for your career. An obscure IG page with 300 followers has nothing to offer you that you can’t achieve by yourself. Point, blank, period.

Ok, this is a hot topic. Mainly because I’m a DJ, but let’s keep it all the way 100. Before you pay a DJ to play your music, do your research. How many days a week is he in the clubs, does he or she drop mixtapes, who have they worked with in the past, and are they on the radio are all legitimate questions that you should ask.  Each case is different, but here are two quick scenarios. DJ Abc is in the club 3 times a week, has a crowd of 100-300 people, drops monthly mixtapes, and is on the radio. This is a good investment. Your music will reach 100s of people that you can’t reach in the clubs, the mixtape is in the streets and online, and you may have a chance to be in his mix on the radio. These are things that you can’t reach, so a payment is reasonable. DJ 123 on the other hand, is in the club once a week, has less than 100 people, doesn’t drop regular mixtapes and is not on any form of radio. This DJ is not a good investment. Side note, what the DJs charge are what the DJs charge. Don’t ask about prices if you aren’t ready to make a move, DJs hate window shoppers. Why? Cuz we know you are doing nothing more than either shopping for the cheapest price or just calling to waste our time. 

Lastly, how do ya’ll feel about online radios and magazines? This is an online magazine, so I hope I don’t get in trouble! I have mixed feelings. Online radio is great if the platform is built properly and they genuinely have listeners. Then it’s a great investment. Before you pay, ask to see the numbers, subscribers, average hourly listeners and are they BDS certified, are all important things you should know before handing over money. Online magazines are similar. Find out the amount of traffic they receive, are ads being sold on the site, is the magazine current, and how often do they cover events. These things should be running through your head when deciding to pay. Don’t pay if they can’t provide you these answers. Don’t pay if the numbers don’t seem right. 

You are not just an artist, you are a business, and paying someone is your investment in your craft. Research who you are about to invest with. Ask questions for clarification, ask for results of past clients. Slow down on paying everyone and try to find the right person to pay. Pay for exposure to areas that you can’t reach on your own. Hell, paying for information that will help you save money in the long run is a good investment. Don’t be a walking paycheck for people in this industry.

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DJ 3000 

#ViewsFromDaBooth is a biweekly article from the south’s newest record breaker, DJ 3000. DJ 3000 is creator of mixtape series Off Da Brick, Finesse Game Strong, Private Party Kush, and DJ or Die Tryin’. He currently DJs at various night clubs in the Atlanta area. Follow him on Instagram @3000_da_DJ.

#ViewsFromDaBooth: If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying!

I remember when my football coach first told me, “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.” As a freshman trying to do things right, I was puzzled. Cheat? But as I repeatedly heard him say this and saw how he applied it, it hit me. Do what it takes to win. A win is rarely beautiful in nature. If you are in this industry you know that wins are made at a studio session at 2 in the morning, evening dinner meetings, and planned promotional runs. Wins are never made on stage.

Let’s fast forward to these artists and artist showcases. Cheat, straight up. If there is a $500 cash prize, and it’s crowd approval, cheat. Don’t leave it up to the refs (the judges that have already decided, at a dinner meeting, who the winner will be). Bring your crowd! Bring your momma, yo baby momma, yo baby’s momma  momma! Man bring anyone that will give you 5 seconds. You can’t blame a horrible artist that brings 20 people with him, and wins $500. While you a “Hot” artist and only come with the man that drove you. Wake up, cheat!

Artists and DJs, cheat, do your homework on these DJs. What club will they be at next? What event do they have planned? Find this information out, and just so happen to have your material in the booth. Greet him at the door, or make sure as he pulls up, your posters, flyers, and other promo material are undeniably in his view. Do this 3-4 times a week. (Oh that sounds like real ground work being put in, but that’s another article when you ready to get off online and get back to the streets.) A DJ, well, a real DJ, will ask who is this guy, what is he doing, what does his music sound like? Hooked.

Now Artist and the Fans. Your next fan knows nothing about what happened last night. I suggest you bring your camera man to any event, we all know its bout them angles. Chop up the video to show how great your turn up was. Get B roll footage of sexy ladies having a good time. Make it look like the whole club was vibing to your song. People will be attracted to your movement if they think it’s already moving (read that again! And again!). Cheat, a  win is a win!

At the end of the day, you can decide to not do these things and still be doing open mics next year, or you can cheat to win, and start getting 5 racks a show. No one will know how you got there, they will just know the whole city rocking with you.

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 DJ 3000

#ViewsFromDaBooth is a biweekly article from the south’s newest record breaker, DJ 3000. DJ 3000 is creator of mixtape series Off Da Brick, Finesse Game Strong, Private Party Kush, and DJ or Die Tryin’. He currently DJs at various night clubs in the Atlanta area. Follow him on Instagram @3000_da_DJ.