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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
This video is a response to BET Networks (Black Entertainment Television) latest video titled "Does Rap Beef Help Your Career? A Look Into The Most Notorious Beefs Ever | Rules To This Sh!t". For the second time, I'm giving my opinion about a BET's new video series, that covers the music business. This is for entertainment purposes and I respect the people at BET for taking the effort to make the video, in which I'm speaking of, but I honestly feel that the video has no purpose other than to continuously shed light on the negative history of Hip Hop. The Hip Hop culture is continually evolving and we are all well aware of past tragedies within the Hip Hop community. I believe that it's BET's responsibility to shed light on the positive instead of continuously perpetuating these negative stereotypes in a genre in which they've been profiting from for decades. I'm sick of this type of repetitive content, and I share my opinion about their video. This video is in response to the video below.
Friday, January 11, 2019
Opinions are like assholes...everybody has them. Everybody will always have something to say about what you do. You can either be influenced by other people's opinions or you can choose not to. Some people's opinions are genuine while other's share their opinion to throw you off balance. In this video, I share my thoughts on opinions and why I think other people's opinions can be a big sidetrack. People will always have a lot to say about you or your pursuit to success and you must try your best to ignore the bullshit. Remember, opinions do not pay your bills and you can't feed your family with other people's opinions, so do you and make the most of your life. The people who leave opinions about you most likely wont be at your funeral either. Push yourself to the top and don't look back.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
In this video, I discuss the power that music has when it comes to marketing and starting a movement. Music goes hand and hand with advertising because people tend to remember catchy songs. The human body is made up of 60% water. When music is played by water, it vibrates. It's a fact that music moves people. Putting out music and catchy advertisements are key to building your audience, fast. In most of my videos I discuss releasing content on a regular basis to building your following and find your audience. I also talk about rapper NBA Youngboy or Youngboy Never Broke Again and how he has built a 4 million+ following on YouTube by consistently releasing music and music videos. I also discuss critics and people who will criticize you, in the process of you building your brand. There's a saying, "birds of a feather, flock together" and there's also a saying "there's plenty of fish in the sea". You must use these philosophies while building your brand and try your best to not get discouraged. How are you finding your audience / following? Feel free to leave your feedback in the comments section below and make sure you Subscribe, Like & Share this video.
Sunday, January 6, 2019
(3/7/18) - Just got back to the West Coast. I was in Atlanta for a little over a year and it was time to get back to Cali. Linked up with my guy Ola Bakare (http://instagram.com/olabakaree) and we got right to work. The next day we did a photo shoot with some models and a music video for my song, "Sippin On This Henny". We recorded some new music and ate good food. Here's some of the footage from my first day back in LA.
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
I don't personally believe in the "Illuminati". I believe that there are people that work hard and people who don't. I also do my best not to judge anyone's political or religious views. I've recently begun seeing an influx of videos on YouTube about the music business, music contracts, and 360 deals. Firstly, I'd like to say that the term "360 deal" is thrown around a lot and it really means nothing. Profit sharing is expected in any business and music contracts come pretty standard unless you have built enough momentum independently, to negotiate better terms. This is how life works. It is your choice, to sign any agreement, that you may sign. If you are desperate and you sign a "bad agreement", that is no one's fault but your own. In this video, I share my thoughts on the "360 deal" which is actually called an "ancillary rights" deal. Deals like this have been going on since the beginning of business. Also, I talk about conspiracy theories in the music business. My personal studies have not led me to the conclusion that success in the entertainment business, has any link to satanic culture. There is a lot of propaganda spread by people who are on the outside of the entertainment industry. I assume this is their only way that they can feel as if they're on the inside... by spreading lies. I believe if you work hard, then you will succeed, and that's all there is to it.