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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
In a bizarre twist of fate, I was recently sent a couple of books to check out from an indy publisher, and the first one I tackled appeared to be one of those corny “rap business guides” at first glance, but actually turned out to have a major connection to my on-going series looking at Hydra Entertainment. What are the odds, right? Turns out this Creature guy (who wrote the majority of this book) was a member of the Triflicts – who released one of the first singles on the label in ’96 and also counted Beatnuts associate Gab Gotcha as a third of the trio. Hydra only gets mentioned for a couple of paragraphs, and it’s not exactly flattering, but it sparked my interest enough to keep reading this thing instead of downloading porn.
With the exception of the unecessary survey in the middle of the book and the god-awful drawings of the other artists interviewed, this is a fascinating insight into the process behind physically selling your own music. When people started reporting sighting lyrical legend Percee-P hawking his home-made CD’s out the front of Fat Beats in New York, most assumed that it was a sign of desperate has-been trying to scare up some funds for his next crack rock. But if this guide is to be believed, these guys are actually making a steady income by putting their balls on the line and hitting the pavement every day to sling their CD’s.
As you’ll see in the clip below, it takes a certain kind of humility determination to try and sell a rap CD to everyone from squares in suits to cranky old ladies, and I can tell you that I possess neither of these attributes so it’s highly unlikely that I could ever make it as an indy rapper if I wasn’t already a “world famous” writing-about-rap guy. The only disappointing aspect of Creature’s story is the fact that he felt the need to stop drinking hooch and smacking people around, which is generally regarded as the sixth element of this hip-hop ish. Nevertheless, The Underdog’s Manifesto doesn’t overstay it’s welcome, clocking-in at a sensible page count for all you A.D.D. motherfuckers out there (which is pretty much everyone these days) and offering an interesting glimpse into the grassroots of the music game.
MF Doom feat. Creature – Open Mic Nite Part 2
Triflicts – Don’t Make Me Try
Promo reel for the book:
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