What's going on you guys. This is my very first blog and I'm excited to share it with you all. As you can see by the title it's a deep subject. If you have heard my music, some would agree that I am good enough to match up with the industries best!!! Others would wholeheartedly disagree to that statement. I used to side with the ones who disagree.
I have been making music for over ten years now. I have been calling myself an independent artist for only a couple of years. I put my first project out in 2014 called "Pencil Me In". I went by the name Streets Poet. It was a fulfilling feeling after a year in a half of putting up my own money to get that particular project off the ground. Once it was out, you could not tell me anything. I felt I had reached a goal I have been aiming to achieve since I was the age of twenty-one. The most humbling thing is seeing your efforts not get recognized. I lost confidence when my project did not sale, stream or download like I thought it would. Of course, I didn't have the bank major labels have to market the project in a way that would of done myself justice. But what I was doing, I thought, would help the number one marketing tool everyone in this business or any business wants. WORD OF MOUTH!!! I thought throwing it up on Facebook would get my friends to check it out and re-post it and there would be a domino effect. I thought throwing up a few songs on YouTube would do the same thing. No fire storm on Facebook nor on YouTube. I started posting links of my songs to hundreds of people on Twitter hoping the same thing would happen. Not so. Views went up a little, but that's it. I got a few comments that the music was dope, and that was it. The reaction was not what I expected. This is where my confidence was shot. I have always been a person with shaky confidence, so going through that just destroyed it. I started to second guess myself. I came to the conclusion that I was not good enough to capture the imagination of the people. Depression started to set in. I almost gave up because of it. I use to say, what am I doing wrong? Are my bars not good enough? Is the production selection I'm selecting not catchy or moving? So many questions I asked myself. I really started to go down a dark road when I heard what they call mumble rap catch on. I gave up, multiple times. So why now do I think I am good enough to compete with my peers after all of that? Because I told myself and hear evidence that I am good at what I do. Some may disagree but that's fine. Some people will say Lil Uzi Vert is better than Drake. Okay. The point I am trying to make is I can make records that carry a message like Kendrick Lamar and Jay Cole. I can flip out with the bars like 2 Chainz or Royce Da 5'9. I can make love records, dance joints, I can make music to make you think and story driven songs. I can do it all and not be afraid to use beats some artist would be afraid of using. Because I don't receive the amount of views, streams or sales others get does not mean I suck, it just means I need to market myself better. I need to go out with confidence and say, yo, listen to this. It's a really dope record and be confident in saying that. I am and will always be a student. I love to learn as much as I can doing what I love. My head is not up my own ass to recognize I can get better and need to in all areas. But one thing I know is that I am good enough to sit at the same table as all of the people I look up to in this industry. The lesson? Stay humble while being confident in anything that you do. Love!!!