That moment when you get your first placement…
Sound H & Rapper Skillz
I wanted to share this story with you that I hope will inspire you on your musical journey.
I landed my first placement as a music producer back in 2009 with Rapper Skillz. I just started making music seriously for about a year, but hard work definitely pays off. Whoever works the hardest in life, is going to win. Point blank!
I still remember this night as if it happened yesterday.
Skillz arrived at the studio around 11pm that night. We were all just talking and I remember my boy asked him who was going to produce his yearly Rap up for 2009. He mentioned to us that he reached out to production team Justice League and producer Kwame. If you’re not familiar with these hip hop producers, definitely do your research! My first thought honestly was like dang, we can’t compete with them. Keep in mind we were still fairly new to the music scene.
Right Place, Right Time
Even though Skillz had other producers working on beats for him, we wanted to take advantage too. You never want to let an opportunity pass you by. I mean he was right there in the studio with us lol. We knocked out 3 hip hop beats that night. Dead on the spot, hip hop bangers. The cool thing was, Skillz was right there, so he was able to vibe to them on the spot and tell us what he wanted. I remember him really liking 2 of the 3, and guess what? He used one of the instrumentals for his rap up beat.
I was so hype when I found out we landed our first placement. A few days later the song was played all across the nation, literally. That is why it is pivotal that you have your music publishing set up. So you can get paid from your music!
I pray this post helps inspire you. Whether you are a music artist, producer, manager, etc, work on building good relationships. Trust me, they will go further than you can even imagine.
Trust the process, don’t rush the process.
Ray the Baker
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