Wednesday, July 10, 2019
In this video, I talk about artists and labels buying fake views, fake followers and fake streams. I also explain why Walmart is the number one brick and mortar retailer in the whole World. We also discuss why independent artists should create cover songs for free promotional purposes while they build their obscure brands. This is a clip from a consultation session that I had last week with a talented producer / artist manager / record label executive. I also attempt to explain that success does not come overnight and what you will need to do to maintain success over a long period of time. We had a great conversation and I'm happy to be able to share some of the clips from our session with you all. Feel free to leave your comments below and make sure you Subscribe and Like the video.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Happy to be a part of this FADER documentary about Atlanta rapper / songwriter Key! aka Fatmankey. I worked with Key! a lot in 2014 while developing the iLoveMakonnen project and have lots of unreleased footage with him. Last month The Fader magazine reached out to me to ask if they could use some of my archival footage in their new documentary. Here's the finished documentary "Spectacular, Immaculate".
Friday, July 5, 2019
In this video, I speak about music publishing, setting up a publishing company and being a co-publisher to a songwriter / composer / producer. When your song or album begins to get streams, downloads, plays on the radio, played on television, or synced, you will start to receive royalties for your music being played (performed). Royalties come from various sources and it is your job as a publisher to be on top of all of the various royalty sources, so that you and your partners will be paid (especially in a timely fashion). A good co-publisher will have various roles within your career as a musician. As a publisher, I usually also take on the role as an artist manager. I do that because, if you aren't a successful artist, then your publishing most likely will not be worth any money. I invest in developing artists, as a record label would (and should). I also manage the artists, that I develop. I am also the co-publisher to these artists, because I find myself responsible for making sure that my artists get paid, all around. In my case, being a co-publisher, is a job where I wear many hats. It is a difficult job because my success is usually dependent on someone else. I speak about music publishing, from my own personal standpoint and I also give my reason for reconsidering signing a co-publishing admin deal with a major publishing company, almost five years ago. Credit to ASCAP for supplying the text info that I use in the video where I discuss publishing recoupment. In 2015, I was Nominated for a Grammy Award for my Co-Publishing and Songwriting efforts.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
If you are interested in becoming an artist manager, then you should watch this video. In this video, I talk about my experiences as an artist management and how you can come out ahead. I've managed artists for years with much success. I discuss what type of agreements that you may want to have your artist sign and I also discuss management issues such as tortious interference, copyright, publishing and more.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
In this video, I explain what a "Master Recording" means and what it means to "own your masters". A master recording refers to the actual original recording of a song or album. There are multiple ways to earn money from a song or album in the music industry and royalties derived from master recordings are a huge one. So, if you're streaming Taylor Swift's "Fearless" from Apple Music or buying it on vinyl at your local record store or hearing it in a movie or TV show, you can do that because Big Machine Music (her label) granted a license using their "master" rights. Just because you wrote a song, doesn't mean that you own the master recordings. You may own 100% of the copyright of the actual composition, but if you do not have the original session files from that recording, then you do not have possession of your masters. When labels control the master rights to an album, they agree to give a certain percentage of the royalties from sales to the artist. We don't know what that royalty percentage or Taylor Swift's advances were on Big Machine Records, as her deal with Borchetta is private. The record label keeps the fee for that master recording use every time a Taylor Swift song is performed on TV, played in a movie, streamed on Spotify, etc. Swift would only begin being paid her share on the master side after she earned back her advance money. Credit to Courtney E. Smith for coverage of Taylor Swift's "master recording" feud against Scooter Braun.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Monday, June 24, 2019
I just thought I'd share this story about how I was almost killed before my 18th birthday. I'm usually talking about the music business or real estate, but in this video, I'm telling a real life story, from my past. Learn to have humility in life and your time here on this planet will be much longer. Before turning my life around, I lived a life of crime and I was not the best person. I enjoyed disrespecting people and I used to not care about how my actions effected other people. I've drastically changed my life and I've devoted my life to helping others, sharing knowledge and bringing peace to the world. Life is short and we must make the most of our time here. I hope this story helps you, in some way.
Friday, June 21, 2019
In this episode, I give updates on my progress with my new real estate investing business and I also link with Khalid Mateen, who is also a Phoenix area investor. Khalid shows me two of his Airbnb projects that he's renovating, which will soon earn a nice monthly cash flow. I also go back to the squatter house from Episode 6, to get some pictures and video of the property. I was able to make contact with the owners of the squatter house, and I may be getting that house under contract this week. I also got my first deal under contract, in Florida, but I ended up losing the deal, due to circumstances. Check out this new episode and stay tuned for Episode #8, which will be coming real soon.
Monday, June 17, 2019
(6//7/19) - In Houston, TX at an event at The Media Block, hosted by Pop Darby, The Compass Circle & Red Pill. Met with a few entrepreneurs and had a brainstorming session with them about business and marketing. I also met Audia Jones, who is currently running for Harris County District Attorney. We ended the night at Soul Food Vegan Restaurant.
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Had a chance to chat with Ebon Blak today about plagiarism and being an independent artist. We covered a lot of good topics in this consultation and I want to thank Ebon for being a loyal subscriber. We speak about Soulja Boy and his influence in my music business career and my "Crank That Spiderman" video, which went viral on this channel. We also talk about iTunes shutting down and the streaming era. Ebon also shares some of his experiences as a producer/artist and says he is having great success using some of the tips from my book "How To Make It In The Music Business". Check out this session if you're interested in getting some real life advice and insight about your career as a producer, songwriter, or artist, that's using the internet, to market your brand. If you're interested in a consultation session with me, feel free to contact me. Thanks
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Friday, June 7, 2019
Last night, I got a chance to do a consultation with King Musa about the music business. In this video, I share some valuable information with King Musa on how to market his music brand online. King Musa is an Egyptian American artist who was also once a professional basketball player. King Musa has a passion for music and is pursuing his career as a songwriter and artist. During this chat, we speak about several topics which may be helpful to you and other independent artists, looking to grow their brand, from the ground up. Feel free to use any of the advice that we share in this video and stay tuned for more conversations that I'll be sharing on this channel, in the future.
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Thursday, May 30, 2019
In this video, I talk about plagiarism and the copy and paste culture that we now live in. It's getting harder and harder for creators to get recognition and acknowledgement for their work nowadays, due to the ease of copying content. Nowadays, everyone has their own "platform" and everyone online is racing to get more followers. This is causing people to have less respect for journalism and creators. People very rarely, give credit for the work that they copy and redistribute on their Instagram, Twitter and other social media pages. I'm not going to say that I've never been inspired by someone else's work. Being inspired by someone else, is a big part of any creative work. Derivatives of creations are normal. My issue is when people take my work, word for word and/or copy and paste my original content, then don't give recognition to the source. I try my best not to do this and in this video I point out an instance where some of my written content from this video series was copy and pasted, without credit being served. I'm insulted by this and I don't think it's cool. I work hard on these videos and I do my research before I make my content. It's a smack in the face when celebrities take my work, then try to pass it off as their own information. I made a video in 2017 called "How Much Is A Music Stream Worth??? (Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Tidal)" and the content in the description of that video ended up going viral. Several famous rappers/producers reposted the information, but they never bothered to share the source... therefore, I'm calling it out. I've worked too hard in my career, for people to just rip off my work, without me saying anything about it. I'm really not upset about it. I realize that people copying, swagger jacking and plagiarism is part of the music and entertainment business, but like I said, I'm calling it out, for entertainment purposes. You're welcome.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Subscribe ► http://goo.gl/Fz5dBH - In Episode Six of "Making Money with Prestley Snipes", I continue driving for dollars, looking for good wholesale real estate deals. In February 2019, I had a slight setback and I still have not closed my first deal. I know I'm getting closer to closing a deal. I have several pending deals in the pipeline and I've also partnered with a real estate agent. I've also been getting referrals from loan officers, title companies, other investors and potential deal finders. I'm still building my team and I'm watching my real estate venture grow. Real Estate Investing is not a "get rich quick" scheme and one needs to stay very focused, to be successful, in this industry. There are lots of niches that one can choose to focus on, when it comes to real estate (let alone wholesale real estate). I recently discovered the DealMachine App and it has been a very helpful tool to use, while I'm driving for dollars. In this episode, I show you how I'm implementing the Deal Machine App, into my driving for dollars routine. I also encounter a squatter who is living in an absentee owner's house. Watch the episode to see what happens and get out there and make it happen for yourself. Episode Seven coming soon.
This series will showcase myself and various entrepreneurs, as we show you how we start businesses from scratch, as well as the day to day operations and challenges of being an entrepreneur and business owner. The goal is for this series to become an outlet for entrepreneurs and business minds, who are looking to expand and promote their unique businesses. Follow the journey and make sure to Subscribe, Like, Comment and Share this video!
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
In this video, I tell the story about my dispute with Tunecore and how they are withholding revenue generated from my intellectual property. If you do not pursue your music royalties, you may never collect your money. It will just sit in someone's bank account, collecting interest for them. Tunecore wrongfully placed a copyright claim on my movie "Criminals Gone Wild 2: Menace II Humanity", and ran ads on my film, without my consent. When I confronted Tunecore, my claim was counter claimed by one of their clients, who clearly used my intellectual property, without my permission. After speaking with the Tunecore client, he released the counter claim. I contacted Tunecore with the counter claim release, then asked when my money would be sent to me. Since then, I still haven't received my royalties. I was told that I'd receive a check in 2 months. It has now been 5 months, and I still have not seen a cent. Where's my money Tunecore? I would not recommend doing business with this company, to distribute your music.
Sunday, May 5, 2019
In this video, I answer a question from a viewer and I talk about how one should go about collecting YouTube royalties. If you use a producer’s beat without his or her permission, that producer may put a Content ID claim on your YouTube video, that you uploaded to your YouTube channel. Split sheets must be written up, specifying who owns what percentage of a song. On each song that you collaborate with other people on, a split sheet will need to be made. Once the song splits are agreed upon, you may go register your share, of that song, in your PRO Account (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC). At that point, your PRO will be responsible for collecting your share of any Performance Royalties generated for any YouTube, Apple, Music or Spotify streams. If you do not sign split sheets, then don’t expect to get YouTube royalties. There are lots of songwriters and producers out there who are not collecting all of their music performance royalties. Don’t get mad at the other parties, if you didn’t take the time and due diligence to register your song. In this video, I explain exactly what you will need to do, to make sure that you get all (or most) of your royalties from YouTube streams.
For more info on Split Sheets, watch my video “What Are Split Sheets???”
For more info on Split Sheets, watch my video “What Are Split Sheets???”
Thursday, May 2, 2019
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n this video, I discuss Audible’s new Bounty Referral Program and how self published authors and entrepreneurs, are generating hefty royalties every month, from audiobook sales and sign ups. I released my audiobook a few months ago and it immediately became the top selling product, amongst my ebook and physical paperback book. We’re in a new era, where people have mobile devices and they’re more willing than ever to listen to podcasts and audiobooks, which makes this opportunity very beneficial to self published writers. In this video I discuss how I’ve generated a new source of income, by self publishing my book on iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and more. I also discuss the Audible Bounty Referral program and how authors are generating $75 referral fees, every time their marketing causes someone to sign up to a Free Audible Trial. If you like to write, and want to figure out how to turn your writing talent, into a full time income, then this is the perfect situation for you. There are plenty of Amazon and Audible authors who are living comfortably, from their book royalties and I point out a few of them, in this video. Add this venture, to your list of income generating businesses, and you cannot go wrong. Watch this video and learn how I’m on my way to generating millions of dollars, every year, selling my audiobook on Audible, and how you can too.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
In this video, I give my opinion on the Season Finale of BET (Black Entertainment Network) Show "Rules To This Sh!t" titled "How Artists Fake Authenticity & Identity To Make It In The Industry - Finale | Rules To This Sh!t". I prefer not to associate the word "fake" with the Hip Hop Culture. The Hip Hop Culture is very real and we've seen our share of casualties. If you want to survice in the music business, then the word "fake" should not exist in your vocabulary. There's nothing fake about making music and building a fan base. It takes hard work and sacrifice and I tip my hat to anyone who has found a way to generate income, from their art/craft. I responded to this video after getting a tip from a viewer named @ebonblak and I'd like to thank him for inspiring me to make this video. I understand that BET is looking to make content about the music business, but every time I watch this series, I feel as if their content is very misleading. Don't spend your time questioning if people are "faking authenticity". Spend your time building your brand and honing your craft, and you will be successful in the music and entertainment business.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
First music video I shot on my Panasonic GH5. Had to use Adobe Premier Pro CC to edit it. I've been using Final Cut Pro 7 all this time and it doesn't recognize certain new file formats, from the GH5. Check out the new music video for Devin Malek "Caviar Malek" from "ROSE GOLD LIFESTYLE" Available Now http://smarturl.it/rosegoldlifestyle
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
You wont make it far in the music business, or any business, if you become a victim of a police shooting. In this video, I discuss the untimely death of Danquirs Napoleon Franklin and I talk about how you can avoid being gunned down by the police. After having an argument with his girlfriend, Danquirs Franklin went to the Burger King, where his girlfriend worked, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Reports say that Danquirs was in the Burger King, acting erratic, with a gun in his pocket. Two witnesses called 911 and the police arrived to find Danquirs, hunched over next to a burgundy Honda Accord. Suspecting Danquirs had a gun, police demanded that he drop the gun and put his hands up. Danquirs failed to follow the cops orders and he was shot twice, shortly after grabbing the gun out of his pocket. Before he could even drop the gun, a female officer named Wende Kerl fired on him, for fear of her safety and a possible victim. The whole incident was captured on officer Kerl's bodycam. The officer claims that she acted accordingly, based on the circumstances. To me, it looked as if the officer shot Danquirs before he has a chance to put the gun down, but this is the sort of thing that happens, when you play with the police. This was an unfortunate situation, and I hope no one else goes out like this. In this video, I talk about how to act when the cops pull a gun out on you, so that you can avoid being killed by the police. Rest in peace to Danquirs Franklin.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
(3/25/19) - Back in Akron, OH working with Red Rose Panic on their new music video for their song "Get Busy". It was a cold night, but we managed to make it work, and get some good footage. Make sure you check out Red Rose Panic's YouTube channel and check out the finished music video below ► https://youtu.be/C3W57jun2Ys
Red Rose Panic "GET BUSY" Music Video
Monday, April 8, 2019
I'm really tired of these new "social media marketers" acting like "social media", is a new thing. Social media has been going on for over a century. Anytime, media is used, and it gets people talking, that's social media. A "social media platform" and "social media" are two completely different things. Social media can come in the form of a billboard that you see on the highway, or a commercial that you see on TV.
In this video, I explain why record labels were the original "social media marketing agencies" and how record labels used social media, such as flyers, magazines, commercial and billboards, to get their message across, socially. Word of mouth has always been one of the best forms of advertisement and "social media" is really just a fancy way of saying "word-of-mouth". The goal is to create media (content), which will get people talking. If you think that buying a "social media marketing" package, from some random guy on Instagram, is all you'll need to win, in the entertainment business, then you may need to watch this video and do more research on the topic.
Instagram, is an outlet for media, which allows people to be social, with others, in real time. I recently came across a paid promotion, on Instagram, where a marketer was selling his "social media marketing" program, catered to independent music artists. He then said, on the video, "Don't sign with a record label. Sign with a social media marketing agency".
In 2019, you may ask, "should one sign with a record label?". My answer to the question is, yes. If the opportunity is correct, getting with a good record label may be one of the best choices that you can make, for your music career. A team of talented people may be able to help you with planning, production and brainstorming, which is important, if you want to be successful. All of my best ideas and creations were the result of having a team. I run ideas by my team, and they often help to further enhance my ideas. If you are lucky enough to find a good record label, who has your best interest at heart, give them a shot.
Signing with a record label doesn't necessarily mean you're "selling your soul" or that you are about to get ripped off. Have mutual agreements in place, with your team (record label) and focus on your role, within the team, and you should be fine. I also discuss the success of Lil Nas X and his hit song "Old Town Road". There's a saying, "there's no I, in the word team".
Thursday, April 4, 2019
In this video, I discuss the tragic death of Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle. On Sunday, March 31, 2019, music lost another star, due to senseless gun violence. The alleged shooter, Eric Holder aka Shitty Cuz, is currently being held in solitary confinement by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The hip hop community is currently in shock. Nipsey, who was only 33-years-old, at the time of his death, was a thriving songwriter and business man, who was also recently Nominated for a Grammy Award. As far as I can remember, Nipsey always preached about unity and entrepreneurship. Nipsey's spirit will forever live on and my condolences go out to his family and loved ones. In this video, I discuss Nipsey Hussle's untimely death and I also discuss XXXTentacion and the raised risk factors, that come with being famous.
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Here's another video response to BET Network's new web series "Rules To This Sh!t". In this episode titled "How To Go From Rapper To Business Mogul Like Diddy & Jay-Z | Rules To This Sh!t", I discuss how Sean "Diddy" Combs and Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter were first entrepreneurs before they were actually famous rappers. If your goal is to one day become a famous rapper or singer, then learning as much about business is key. Diddy and Jay-Z were both successful entrepreneurs before they started their careers as "rappers". Here's my feedback on BET's video. Feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions below. Make sure you Subscribe, Share and Like or Dislike the video.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
NOW BOOKING CONSULTATION SESSIONS WITH ARTISTS, PRODUCERS, CEOS, SONGWRITERS, PUBLISHERS, FILMMAKERS & ANYONE ELSE WHO WANTS TO FURTHER THEIR CAREER & BRAND ONLINE!!! Consultation sessions are now only $100!
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Sessions are an hour, but usually last about an hour and a half. All sessions are recorded on Skype, so that you can review again, on a later date. Sessions are also uploaded to the Prestley Snipes YouTube channel, upon your request. Book your consultation session today!
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
I'm happy to share this consultation session I had with a talented producer from DC named AyeCue Productions. In this discussion, we talk about ways an independent producer can thrive in the over saturated music business. We also discuss how to find the right talent and people to work with. I also share some of my music business stories and talk about my defunct website ilpvideo.com. Check out this interesting conversation and be sure to leave your feedback below. Book your consultation session with Prestley Snipes today.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
I am now offering consultations to anyone who would like to reach me direct, and have a one-on-one conversation about marketing and how to succeed in the music and entertainment business. To book your consultation session with me, send $100 on Cash App to $prestleysnipes. At that point, contact me at email@example.com and I will book your consultation session. All sessions will be recorded via Skype and a copy of the video will be sent to you, for your own reference purposes. If you would like for me to share the session on this YouTube channel, I will do so as well (which may help to further get the word out there, for your music or brand). Book your session today. As the schedule gets booked, the prices may go up, so book your session today! I'd also like to thank everyone who checked out this channel and my book.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Lots of details left out of this story. JPrice, the producer of the "Money Way" song, discovered Lil Tay in December 2017. In January 2018, we started planning and developing a music project with Lil Tay. At that point, we started writing and producing songs for Lil Tay. On FaceTime and through text messages, JPrice and I coached Lil Tay, and her brother Jason, on how to record music, at home, using GarageBand software. After writing a few songs, and sending a few beats and a reference track to Lil Tay's brother, the "Money Way" song was created. JPrice then mixed the rough vocals and we released the song on YouTube on March 15, 2018. As of today, the Lil Tay "Money Way" song has accumulated over 5 million streams. As early as February 2018, I was in discussion with Lil Tay's mother, regarding doing a joint venture together, but before we could get a working agreement in writing, we lost contact with Lil Tay and her mother, Angela. Lil Tay is now missing in action and we hope she's doing alright. Check out the full article here: https://www.thecut.com/2019/01/who-was-lil-tay.html
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Research shows that stunting and "flexing" on people may stop you from making friends (and gaining real followers). In this video, I discuss the envy that people may have, for you, when you're marketing your product or brand. According to studies, people are natural haters, whether we want to personally admit it, or not. A study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found that 66% of people tend to choose a luxury car over a basic one, but when it came to attracting new people, most people also would rather be friends with the person in the cheaper vehicle. What that says to me is, people don't ever like being overshadowed. This natural tendency, is why teams within the entertainment business usually clash. I share my thoughts on this topic and I also give some examples, in film, where the story of envy is displayed. Like, Share, Subscribe and Leave your thoughts on this video, below. Also, make sure you check out the article by following the link below.
This video was made in memory of Edwin Birdsong (August 22, 1951 - January 21, 2019). Thanks for everything that you taught me. Rest In Paradise.
'Flexing' or bragging about your expensive things may stop you from making friends, research shows: http://goo.gl/vo8dSs
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
What goes up, must come down. This is the story of what happened after my first artist, iLoveMakonnen, signed a major record deal with Drake and his OVO Sound record label. I signed Makonnen to a 5 year management deal in November 2011 and worked with him for 3 years, until a major label bidding war began. I never want to talk negatively about anyone whom I've worked with in the past, but I must bring some clarification to the story, which has been told wrong. I've told this story to a few people in my circle, but I decided to share this story, after I seen a recent interview where Makonnen describes me as a "hacker". I'm no haker and this video is 100% factual. All of the opinions that I express, I stand by. This video is in no way intended to bash any groups or race of people. I realize that I must share my own stories, or else they may never be told. This video is in response to the video below.
Monday, January 21, 2019
This video is based on a series of tweets made by an entrepreneur named Naval Ravikant called "How To Get Rich (Without Getting Lucky)". I came across this article a few days ago and decided to share it with you all. I share my thoughts on a few points that stood out to me. Check out the full series of tweets below and leave your feedback.