Lessons

Do you watch Family Guy? Do you watch NBA Basketball? Do you read fiction...

If the other seven people on your “team” are all handing Lenny their demos...

I’m sick of aspiring rappers complaining that the only reason artists...

Father of the Year (follow through)

If you’re willing to sacrifice money, relationships and having a social life in exchange for the opportunity to possibly have the opportunity to become a...

LADY LUCK: Letter to Hip-Hop

Dear Hip-Hop, FUCK YOU! (got your attention?) I have lived and was ready to die for you any day. Growing up you were all I had. You taught me how to dance, how...

War With Words – November 23, 2008

The legendary and ever creative Biz Markie once said: The ink is black, the page is white Together we learn how to read and write People are black, got...

The Joe Buddens Era/Error

The most obvious example of this would be Joe Buddens. He’s one of the most talented rappers in the industry but suffers from some of the worst quality...

Moment 4 Life (oversaturation)

There’s a severe over saturation in music. As with any product, there is the issue of supply and demand. Because the supply is so high, music itself has...

Twitter is not your diary…

Twitter is not your diary… People often turn to Twitter to vent their frustrations. It’s the quickest way to get shit off your chest. I get it. I’ve...

Assholes (excuses)

Do you know what the difference between valid and non-valid excuses are? NOTHING! They both lead to the same result. There’s only one question to ask at the...

DOWNLOAD & RT THIS! (spam)

ATTENTION: READ THIS NEW SMASH BLOG ENTRY! www.culturevi.com – READ AND RT!! Let’s talk about spam. You go home and sift through today’s mail...

An Open Letter to Aspiring Bloggers

You need to capture someone’s imagination. Your goal is to make yourself someone that a person seeks out. When an album is released, you want people to think...

DJ Hero

Drake texts Funk Master Flex and then sends him a new record. Flex doesn’t need you to tweet him a link to your mixtape. Sounds basic, I know. But every...

10% (being the best)

I’ve met artists who are better than 90% of other artists and work harder than 90% of other artists. But to be successful, you need to better than 99%, not...

Reputation and Perspective

Here’s an example. Suppose you’re a barber and all your friends come in and ask you for free shape ups, it’d be annoying and you wouldn’t make much...

Sell or Give Away Your Music?

So a person I respect dearly tweeted something this evening that I disagreed with. He said he didn’t believe artists should put out free music. I shot...

Congratulations! Now the work starts.

There is no “winning” in the music industry. There’s no finish line. No matter what stage of your career you’re at, you’re really just starting...