I’m sure all of us have doubts about our everyday lives. A lot of us doubt whether or not we are going to be successful in our careers and passions. I am here to tell you that you should never give up on your dreams; even though it can be a tough long road ahead, the end result will be well worth the journey. Doing possibly years of work to suddenly give up on your dreams, does not make sense. It is best for you to keep trudging and accomplish your goals.
In this post I am going to go over the importance of not giving up on your production
No One Makes It Without A Struggle
So you have been producing beats for quite some time; let’s say 3 years, and you still have yet to get recognition. Well don’t stress, almost every producer who’s made it dedicated 5-10 years of their lives to production. There are no handouts to making it, and you should never think someone is going to put you on without a tremendous amount of work. To make it, you have to form your own connections and hustle on your own. Bottom line, don’t think that just because you make great music it’ll be easy to get noticed.
You Could Be A Production Revolutionizer! You Just Can’t Give Up On Your Production
The greatest producer who went on to revolutionize the sound of any genre, did not do it overnight. It took them years, perhaps even a decade to be known as prodigies and greats. And you never know, you could be the next producer to revolutionize hip hop. Perhaps you even have a few ideas on how you are going to revolutionize Hip Hop’s sound, but if you give up on your production this no longer becomes a possibility. Who knows how many would be recognized as greats, if they had not given up on their dreams.
No Excuses, There Is Always Time To Make Beats.
There are many of us who believe that there is no time for pursing dreams. For example, you may have a 40 hour a week job and say to yourself that production ‘takes too much time out of my hands’. Trust me when I say this, ‘there is always time for you to produce music’. Whether it’s not watching tv every night, not going out on a Saturday night, making beats on a Sunday morning instead of watching the news. These are just a few examples. However, I guarantee if you make a list of all of the things you could cut out in your day to day life, you can easily give yourself plenty of time to produce.
This short paragraph was inspired by How to Rap Drew’s video on “How To Rap’s Youtube Page”. If you are a rapper and would like to learn how to take rapping to the next level, then I recommend checking out Drew’s youtube channel “How To Rap”.
Notable Greats Who Struggled To Make It
Kanye has had the odds against him from day one, regardless of what you think of him or his musical content, he has been deemed as a revolutionary producer. When Kanye started to produce, he would be at his Mom’s house all day making beats. After struggling to be heard by artists after years of work, people finally started to gravitate towards his production. He formed a rap group with friends and would produce for other artists. All the while his mom was pushing for him to get an Education at a University. He would go to college and produce music as a professional. But this did make his life tough. He would eventually get a break by getting signed by Rocafella Records and drop out of college. While signed, all Kanye wanted to do was rap. At any chance, he would rap for people at Rocafella and tell them that he wanted to create a rap album. Rocafella at the time though, just wanted Kanye to produce. They encouraged him that he didn’t need to rap because his production was all he needed to make money in the music industry. He finally would create a rap album through using existing studio time artists he produced for. Rocafella, not thinking much of Kanye’s album, only released it because Kanye insisted on how great of an album it was. However, Rocafella still thought the album would be a sham. However they released it, and well, the rest is history.
Known for being hailed as the one of the greatest Hip Hop producers of all time to many, as well as a musical genius by almost all. One thing a lot of people don’t know about Dilla, is how he struggled to be heard. When Dilla was young, all he wanted to do was create music. When J.D. was a little kid he used to sit in a park and play the same record over and over. When he finally got a drum machine, all he would do was make beats. It would take J.D. years of production before he would begin to get noticed. Though J Dilla was producing for multiple artists in the early nineties, it was still a struggle for him to get solid recognition as a talented producer. Not until he met House Shoes, would things really kick off for J Dilla. Mind you, this is a solid 8 plus years into J.D.’s production. He would eventually get signed along with his group Slum Village by Stonethrow records, but the road to victory was not an easy one.
When people get discourage by an activity that seems challenging and tough, they will often times feel like giving up. However, if you give up on your dreams, you give up on the possibility of your dreams coming true. As I have explained throughout this whole post, making it is a struggle. By pushing forward with the struggle, you could become one of the best. My advice to all of you fellow producers is to not get discouraged if you still have not yet been recognized. In the music industry becoming recognized as a great producer takes time and effort.
As always, I hope you all are having fun making beats. I also hope that this post gave some of you that extra bit of motivation to keep chasing your dreams as a producer! 🙂