lilD: Close your eyes, open your earsWritten by lilD | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The hardest thing for people to do is to turn the mirror on themselves, give their reflections a good, long stare, and be brutally honest. So I decided to do a social experiment with some of the local Hip Hop artists in Toledo.
I wanted to know what they thought about the music. Not what they thought about the people, the “haters,” or the personalities. I simply wanted to know, do you like the music? Do you listed to it in your car? When someone hands you a cd, do you toss it out the window like gum wrapper, or do you give it a shot? Do you expect it to sound like it was made in someone’s basement, or are your standards higher for Toledo Hip-Hop?
Of all the artists who responded, the general consensus was the Hip Hop scene in Toledo is incredible; the key element missing is unification. Once all the artists come together, Toledo will garner the attention of the music industry.
You can’t be serious.
I know I’ll get a lot of angry stares for this, but I love you enough to tell you the truth. If you mean to tell me that the only problem regarding Hip Hop in Toledo is that the artists aren’t unified, I’m going to grab you a mirror, and I want you to tell that to yourself ten times while listening to a random artist’s new “hit single” that isn’t mixed or mastered, and isn’t industry ready.
Not one person who responded said anything about the standards needing to be raised. So I guess there isn’t a problem with anyone’s image? Every single is mixed and mastered in a real studio with an incredible engineer? The judges from Put Me On Live (who are all connected with the music industry) were actually impressed by one of the winners? (They weren’t; I asked.)
Hip Hop is all about keeping it real, so why can’t we keep it real with ourselves? Don’t think about the fact that you grew up with this artist, and you’re dating that rapper’s sister; just listen. Watch a performance. Then tell me that Toledo has ten artists who are ready to be in the industry and compete.
Of course Toledo isn’t unified. Name one city that is! And don’t say anything about “the south.” If you believe in your heart that all the artists in Atlanta work together towards a common goal, you need to do more traveling.
One reason for the segregation in Toledo obvious. Being a small city with larger cities so close by, Toledo is often overlooked, so the artists here feel they have more to prove, since they’re constantly looked over. And those artists who become popular and spread their movement to other cities are not necessarily concerned with pulling everyone up with them. Not that they don’t want to; but…well, maybe they don’t want to. Who would want to do all that work again?
Forget about people not wanting to collaborate with you. Who cares about who’s the best in Toledo? People outside of the Midwest don’t even know what Toledo is! I want you to get a mirror, look in it, and be honest. Some of the music here sucks. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, eliminate excuses, study your craft, go to the studio, make better music, learn to market yourself, then do all the things you claim you can.