By DaveBeFree 2 Comments
Kanye West is kind of my idol, despite his eccentricity. If you don't believe that Kanye is a significant artist, let me give you some perspective. Almost single-handedly he's morphed the music business around himself, defining the evolution of music across two decades. Certainly people had used Daft Punk samples, auto-tune and blended genres with hip-hop before, but no modern artist can utilize as an eclectic blend of music in their production as Kanye West, and remain on top of the game. The man is truly a master of his craft, and is the only reason I have any interest left in modern Hip-Hop.
My aspirations aren't so lofty, but I want to be that talented of an artist. I want to write, constantly. I wish ideas would flood from my head for video games, movies and books. As it is I struggle in front of a keyboard, trying to scrounge what ideas I have into coherent ideas. Also, it may seem contrived to compare writing to rhyming, but the process is very similar. I simply don't want to put my penned work exclusively to music.
It's something I strive hard for, though the ability to write commercially viable product isn't innate; it's earned through hard work, and diligent development. Kanye often rhymes of developing his work in his basement and finally breaking through when he was twenty-five. I feel like success stories like Kanye often distort our perception of how lucky they were, to be discovered so early. Some people work their entire lives to only earn a break at the end. Being touched by an established star, like Jay-Z, is also unheard of for most normal people.
To this point, I offer the insight I've gained in these troubled times. No one wants to help you. The only thing people see is what they can gain from you. If you don't have anything that others can profit from, then you're basically invisible. Remember that, you're only valuable so long as you're profitable. A bitter reality for anyone still struggling in the grind. But, an important lesson none the less.
Hey! Go catch my man's free tracks! Remember, you can pretty much do whatever you want creatively once you're on top. Just gotta get there...