How to Get Signed by a Record Label | Rap Music

If you want to get signed in today’s music
business, the first thing you have to remember is that a record label is really a bank. And that bank is going to invest in you because
they see potential. And so, to make sure that they’re going to
get a return on their investment, they want to sign a contract. So, a lot of times when we say get signed,
we sometimes only think about your end, like, “Now I’m on, now I’m gonna blow up.” But, really, it is more of a contract that
someone is investing money,time, energy into you with hope of a return. And that contract means that you have to deliver
on that. So if you want to get signed, that’s one of
the first things that you want to recognize and you want to be prepared to deliver on
that agreement. When you go in to get signed, some of the
things that a record label will look for is whether or not you have a following. Of course, talent is a given. You got to have talent, but there are a lot
people who don’t have talent, some would say. Talent is a given. So with that talent, then comes building a
following. If you have a following, whether that’s people
on your block, or in your neighborhood, or coworkers, or people that you went to school
with, those people should follow you on Twitter on Facebook, on ReverbNation on DatPiff. Let people follow you via social media. And when you go into a record label or a company
that wants to sign you, they’re going to look to see if you have a following. Second thing is you’ve got to have an image. People need to be able to look at you and
think that, “Wow, this is a star.” This is somebody that, when people look at
them, they want to be like this person. So that means that you have to be comfortable
in your skin or just cool. And the third thing that you want to do, if
you really want to get signed, is you’ve got to put yourself out there. You know, nobody’s gonna come on to your block
or come to your door and knock. “Hey, you know, is such and such here?” Nobody’s going come looking for you. You have to be able to put yourself out there,
network. Ask around, “How can I meet people at record
labels?” So, another way of getting yourself out there,
or putting yourself out there, is by going to open mics. By going to open mics, you expose the world
to your talent and you never know who could be at a performance. Or another performer that may like your style
and you two start collaborating, and by collaborating, you get seen by a new audience. The whole goal is to put yourself out there. And cream rises to the top, meaning that when
you’re good somebody’s gonna notice. And once you get noticed, that usually leads
to an opportunity to get signed. But if you want to be signed, you’ve got to
put yourself out there. You’ve got to really build a following and
you have to be prepared to be a star, by having yourself look like a star and feel confident
that you could be a star. And that’s how you get signed in the music

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99 thoughts on “How to Get Signed by a Record Label | Rap Music

  1. Im,lookin to sign artists to my label called gmssbm im signed to interscopes 1million kik me louie_findi if wnt to be sign

  2. Im,lookin to sign artists to my label called gmssbm im signed to interscopes 1million kik me louie_findi if wnt to be sign

  3. Local rapper from Houston. subscribe and check out my soundcloud!

  4. Okay but can someone answer this for me? If you DONT make it and they have invested all that money into you do you have to reimburse them (pay them back all the money they spent on you) ????? If not, I'm ready to get out there and kick a$$!!

  5. Will get you a 360 record deal. go to : and they will hit you up

  6. they call me Day Zero
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    so you betta cash ya bill in
    and to the soil im chillin

    rate my rap im really trin to get good im a young rapper to

  7. I ant the the best there is but I be hitting body flips like the miz.but i think its time for u to get out my bizz.ay you can even hear them sizz.but I'm crazy driveing people around like miss daisy at least I'm not lazy.but u definitely ant my baby but I got chicks saying maybe.

  8. As AC/DC says "it's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)"..
    Anyway if we can help, atm we are looking for electronic music producers who wanna team up with us.

  9. I recently started rapping let me know what you think I'm up for opinions likes anything man just doin what I enjoy most it's like my own therapy or higher power whatever you wanna call it check me out names ShRAPn'L

  10. Yall follow me on ig @ The_real_originality hmu with fan support for the music new cypher and videos coming soon

  11. I want my name to get all out there. My rap name is Jah Swank. Sound Cloud Is – Guaposwank. Check me out our hut single is Polo

  12. Speaking of contracts…Howcast, you need to terminate yours with the person in charge of editing the audio for this.

  13. I admire everyone who makes music.
    Those who have made it as a lifestyle choice it is just amazing!
    It is still my dream but i am not very good.
    I hope to be heard one day soon, i seem to be a ghost in the music world.

  14. I wanna live my dream as a rapper but I need a studio and I only got a phone and paper and pencil somebody please give me a chance

  15. I put my song on my channel check it out it's not the greatest but I recorded it with my phone everyone around me says I have talent that I just need to make time to chase my dreams I stay up all night when I have my free time writing and studying other artists till the sun comes up and I go to school and work and back to music round the clock cycle so even some thoughts on my garbage phone recorded video would help alot 🙂

  16. I'm having trouble uploading my songs on itunes/Tunecore because I need to fill out the box saying "Label :_______________" Where or how do i find a label? I am seriously having allot of trouble. Please help me out if you can. Thanks.

  17. Im 14 i rap ALOT not about money not about girls…etc i rap about society the world my inspirations are a mix of people biggie,tupac,naz…etc more i had people tell me im a good lyrical artist and i hope to make it

  18. I'm 15 and I rap too and my new album I'm working on is better than what's posted so far on my YouTube. Tell me how I did? Or subscribe too?

  19. go listen to my song
    I'm tryna get noticed if u can sign me
    Hmu on ig @yoboii_delly or

  20. How can I get sign, if I'm living in a country like The Bahamas, I'm very talented and dedicated to improving my craft

  21. I did a mixtape on my cell phone!! I think I got talent. can you check me out on my channel and give me advice! Mollinnium 5000

  22. i rap and damn show can sing please help me out. I'm 17. All i've ever wanted was to extend my talent.

  23. I'm a young female Rapper, coming out of Cincinnati Ohio … I've done multiple shows & Performances I love it!! Idc anyone has a label or know anybody please contact me @Twyxx The Rapper & I have music on Soundcloud: Twyxx The Rapper & YouTube channel: Twyxx The Rapper … Check me out please ❤️🎶

  24. alot of people say i can get signed but like i just dont like way i look on Camera 😕 im 17 but im a motivational rapper i state like the killings and basically the violence but i dont have a way to make beats and stuff

  25. I have a question, ive never been to a studio , so when going into a studio, are lyrics all you need? Or do you need to have like an idea of how the beat is going to be? And what if you don't know how you want the beat?

  26. i live in a city that doesn't know rap and doesn't have respect for the culture.
    there is no open mics or studios
    so what am i gonna do


    Hey my name is SWEENY just trying to get my name you there and get known ya dig

  28. im tryna work wit somebody to make millons of dollars in be famous i need a who can i work wi👏💯💸

  29. Listin to my song on song cloud lh55 get wacked anyone who listin to it i will sub them in like i got ten fake acount youtube and yall got my word but makesure you tell me when you do it

  30. I am on alot of commericals and ads its time to take my singing and acting career to the next level all i need is two audition for disney then sing at a studio

  31. I’m an upcoming female rapper and people notice me in person but my social media following is so low….I hope these tips help

  32. If your an artist looking for feedback post a Link to your music in the comment section on one of My beats helps me and also helps you to 😉 peace

  33. I am child and a girl and I ant to be a singer and a rapper my role model artists are cardi b and nicki minaj I want to have music that people will love to hear daily and enjoy it!

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