by Tony Guidry April 7, 2013
In 2009, me & a couple of artists I managed at the time, Brandon Wayne (aka Smoov) and Southern Indie rapper Evicious Daoneanonly (aka VI) went to holla at the YMCMB Boss Birdman. We sat on the tour bus with Baby; and Smoov & VI ran it wit dude all night….played some Madden and heard a lotta unreleased music. Birdman even showed Smoov the “Money To Blow” video weeks before it hit 106 & Park.
The next day me & Smoov left while Evicious Daoneanonly went on the road with Baby for a month or so. In between shows, VI and Birdman recorded some songs together, (not some bs where a DJ mixed his verse into a song), but REAL collabos like Get It How You Live.
As a matter of fact, Evicious Daoneanonly was on the FIRST album Cash Money had ever released back in the day. Big Rufus & Baby consider VI an original “Cash Money” artist. But if you know how VI is as an artist, to this day he screams UGK Records & Vicious Entertainment. These are his REAL labels. He got MAJOR love for YMCMB & is very close to Baby, but he’s not signed to them.
Fast forward a couple years later and Kevin Gates benefits from some YouTube videos of him and the YMCMB fam kickin it. Guys from the label give him his props on camera. He’s managed by a YMCMB affiliate to this day, but Gates has excelled because of his hustle, label backing and skill, NOT his affiliation.
These days I see artists claiming to be affiliated with all the “HOT” labels. They claim to be Def Jam or Epic or CMG or YMCMB artists or affiliates – but they OBVIOUSLY don’t have the support of these labels & we ain’t never seen em wit an EXECUTIVE from any of these labels. We know they “exaggerating” – everybody knows it……I wonder why a nigga would lie to HIMSELF? I definitely ain’t buyin dat bs!! Lol Do they really think we believe em?
My point: Artists should strive to be noticed on their own. Your own team. Your own brand. Look at the rappers who are HOTT now…..they all have their OWN. Freebandz(Future), Cocaine Music Group(Yo Gotti), 1017 Brick Squad(Gucci Mane), Black Migo Gang(Young Scooter), BreadWinners Association (Kevin Gates) and the list goes on. Add yourself to the list of leaders making their own name ring and quit being a commercial for some ppl you don’t even know who are already successful.
To break it all the way down to two words: QUIT DICKRIDIN’
Tony Guidry is a former Federal Prisoner who did over 17 years for drug trafficking and weapons violations. Today he is Social Media Marketing Manager for aScratchyThroat.com (a company that helps aspiring artists and indie labels establish a solid internet presence in order to get heard and monetize their music). His personal blog can be found at tonyguidry.com; he also writes for A Scratchy Throat’s blog and has been featured on numerous hip-hop blog sites. Follow Tony on twitter @iAmThaConnect.