For many artists who are just starting out in their career there is always the possibility of finding themselves in a situation where gigs or bookings will be rewarded by “do it for the exposure” phrase as much more polite way of saying “you will not get paid”. Many will usually rant and rave and start talking about exploitation and being taken advantage of. However, there are a few things one must consider before writing off an opportunity. This again is a principle of economics in regards to Opportunity Cost, starting from analysis of one’s economic situation at individual level. By mastering the principles of being able to stay within and below your means, you would then be able to maximise off opportunities through developing an investment.
What we are saying at Lavatory Records: STOP COMPLAINING! No one can do to you what you don’t allow. Think carefully before deeming situations as “exploitative”. Taking a free gig can be beneficial to one’s career if done under the right circumstances.
As often mentioned here on Lavatory Records, the music industry is in a state of a “breakdown” – in order to rebuild. We regularly get approached by young musicians who ask how they can build their careers and make a living from their passion. It is a rather difficult question as there’s no actual blue print laid out for everyone to follow
Being a musician or working within the performing arts is a profession that has its own sets of challenges. Compared to other ‘formal’ professions like being an accountant, music has no clearly defined path of advancement, where you would know for sure that in about 7 years you’d be worth and making a certain amount of income marking your set value.
Download and stream the PGTV mixtape by PurvGang, on Datpiff.
To know more about this crazy rap crew from Soweto, lookout for their interview with Lavatory Records – coming soon.
Also do check out the music video for their song WTBWMD, off the PGTV mixtape.
Get the latest project by Uni-Verse from TitusTrack Entertainment entitled Prelude To A Legend . The project was released on the 27th of July, 2015.
Uni-Verse will also be featured alongside his group called Sounds Intense (the trio is completed by Paragon & Chron Burgundy) on the International Mixtape Franchise Volume 1.
Also do check out the video of If It Wasn’t For The Music single off the Prelude To A Legend project.
Purchase the single entitled Hol’ Up by Tre featuring Swayzi and YungMi on iTunes and Amazon. The single was officially released on the 25th of July 2015. It is finally out after some unforeseen technical delays.
If you do not know anything about Tre, please read our interview with him by clicking here. Hol’ Up will always be on the IMF Volume 1 mixtape hosted by Lavatory Records and Boss Brain Entertainment, to be released on the 28th of August 2015. Check out Tre’s blog below via the Tre Channel on YouTube. You can also check his website out for more information on him.
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South African rapper, Reason, has found himself in a litany (excuse the pun) of controversy. This is because of the artwork of his album which depicts Jesus carrying two naked women. This has led to a backlash from some public members who believe this was in bad taste. Not only is the public upset by this, but Reason who says he thought he “would create dialogue” has also lost sponsorship over this. Many have argued that when it comes to people’s religious beliefs it is best to tread carefully. Read the full article published on Destiny Connect and you be the judge. Is it blasphemy or artistic creativity?
Reason(left) with Falcone(right) at the launch of Reason’s Audio HD Album
“I am the best…” ImproPoe is highly unapologetic about blatantly stating that he has issued a stern warning out to all rappers/emcees out there! His signal of intent is that he has set the bar high and everyone else must just catch up to it, since he released his tape Body of Proof.
On his debut offering, the man born as Moeketsi Shaun Motlhakoana has “embodied” his “proof” lyrically. ImproPoe has put himself on the line, by encompassing his ability to solely carry an album/mixtape in a way that is reminiscent of Redman! Must be the light skinned/high yellow skin tone for one, but also that ability to just rap about anything (randomly) and innately make it sound dope!
While on the subject of light skinned rappers, Ludacris once declared on his hit song “Number One Spot” that “Nobody light-skinded reppin’ harder since Ice-T!” ImproPoe has put himself in that conversation as going for that very spot.
In this feature with Lavatory Records, ImproPoe talks about his style of rap, the Revivolution clique and more.
Check out the Master Chef Toast Vlog for the International Mixtape Franchise Volume 1, via the Lavatory Records TV Youtube Channel.
Don’t forget to check out his latest project, called Home Made and also the interview we had with Master Chef Toast. The follow up interview to come in August..keep your eyes on our website for that!
With hip-hop’s entire obsession with the “finer things in life” – the bling-bling, fancy cars, hot women and stacks of cash notes flying around – these images are what have become synonymous with rap and hip-hop music. It is rather refreshing to see another side to the music – the socially conscious aspect.
Sling Short is one of the emcees that have seen a gap and decided to flip the coin and bring that other side of hip-hop/rap to the industry. Earning the name Papa Slinga Linga, is down to the respect he has been able to ascertain from his days of battle rapping in the streets of Johannesburg. The streets have needed to turn to an elder, who better but a self-made man, who exemplifies social responsibility, enterprise and great work ethic? His tenured dedication to hitting cypher/freestyle spots, development of the craft and embodiment of collaboration has endeared himself to many within the community. This lead to him being featured by artists such as Hymphatic Thabs and the late Robo The Technician (may his soul rest in peace), and regular performances at numerous events across the city.
The man known by day as Tiro Dire was born and raised on the streets of Pimville Zone 5 in Soweto. Sling Short is a founding member of the group Assylum TrRribe and renown as an astute battle emcee with a style that infuses consciousness, with a hard-core lyrical delivery.
According to the news report via Digital Music News, there’s apparently very little to gain from Apple Music Streaming in terms of monetary compensation when compared to Spotify.
To read more about this story and to get all the details, click here!