Facebook on 2014: Fuck Independent Artists
Not that Facebook was ever anything close to an open platform, but what little shine you were getting without handing them a credit card? Gone. Start thinking about what’s next…
In the Lab with Marco Polo
A creative professional with serious skills talking shop about his process and product. Obviously, if you’re into rap production you need to read this.
Praverb Interviews Wordsmith
We’ve covered Wordsmith’s bulletproof hustle before on Audible Hype — this is a 2013 update from the capable hands of Praverb. They’re talking business, front to back.
Running an Indie Label in 2013
Great roundup of recent interviews & stories by Clyde Smith at HypeBot. Mr. Smith is really classing that place up with some substance and this piece is especially tasty.
Small Pro Interview
Excellent stuff. Covers tons of topics of interest to producers of any genre — Small Pro has been through it, learn from his hustle.
Starlito & Don Trip on DIY Touring with an Actual Damn Budget
Two hungry and smart successful independents talking shop with Complex’s best author, David Drake. Blaow, basically.
In the Lab with Roc Marciano
A fascinating read about a fascinating rapper/producers. This “In the Lab” series is pretty much a goldmine, props to Nah Right.
Vice on the Cassette Tape Comeback
Feels weird to be linking to Vice for really damn good tech/music biz journalism, but…this was a long-form, detail-packed, damn fine read.
In the Lab with Oddisee
Oddisee is, obviously, one of the best role models around for independent hip hop success. This is a detailed interview about his production process and full-time rap life. Gems abound.
Dom Kennedy on self-management, big strategy & music promo in 2013
An excellent read with a shit-ton of useful details. LA keeps winning.
Nipsey Hussle vs. Complex
Wall to wall truth here … Nipsey Hussle takes on Complex and discusses the success of his infamous $100 mixtape.
Long interview with Chicago's Tree
Tree is dope, multi-talented, and well-spoken. Good insights here — an entertaining read.
Roundtable on Hip Hop Artist Management in 2013
Shitty formatting, solid gold content — get ready to click a lot as you navigate through this superb collection of business advice from a diverse cast of managers who all have one thing in common: success at making money off music. Learn thyself.
Forbes Profile on Heems from Greedhead / Das Racist
This cat has a very diverse and sophisticated hustle, this was a damn good read.
ASAP YAMS talks tumblr promo
Sounds like a boring setup, but this was very interesting and useful stuff, regardless of whether or not you’re on tumblr. A$AP YAMS is one smart cookie.