Statik Selektah continues to make our mouths water in anticipation of his upcoming album "Extended Play" dropping June 18th. Take a listen to his latest single off the album "Game Break" with verses from Termanology, Lecrae, & Posdnous (De La Soul) quite the lineup.
Are you an Indie artist in the music industry who doesn't speak the language? Don't worry, here's a glossary compiling some of the most important terms that may be of use to you in your career. Learn some of the most important industry jargon now!
First and foremost, tons of musicians choose to go indie or consider themselves indie artists, yet they have no idea what it means. Indie, an abbreviation for the term independent, does not define the style of music you make. It's more so the fact that you're music is not affiliated with any major recording labels. As an Indie artist, you are not expected to follow the mainstream trends, or deal with the pressure of producing radio-friendly content. You are free to develop a musical style of your own.
Fact: Not all indie artists sign to record labels. Some start their own; some chose not to have a contract. Others are the DIY breed and do everything themselves. Those who look to sign a deal should become familiar with the most common forms of recording contracts in the indie world.
Press & Distribution Deal (P&D): This is more common in the mainstream world, but often times you can will see it utilized in indie labels. When this deal is offered to you, it means the label will fund recording fees, pay for your studio time, and anything needed for the distribution of your album. Sounds great, but deals like these are also equipped with a downside. Yes, they pay for the creation and distribution of your music, but in return, 20-25% of the revenue gained is theirs. In addition to that, you have signed over ownership rights to them, so the recordings are no longer yours. You may even have to buy your own album in order to listen to the finished product.
360 Deal: When you sign into a 360 deal, you usually receive a large advance. Like a P&D, the label takes care of all fees associated with getting your material out. However, during this type of agreement, you have to split any income gained with the label. Sometimes, it is also called a "Kitchen Sink Deal. "
Piggyback Deal: If the Indie label you have signed to ha not yet built its reputation, most likely they are tailgating off of a more established indie label for exposure. This is why it's called a "piggyback deal." In search of distribution, they use the name of a more reputable name to establish themselves.
Rights Buy-out: If you were under an indie label and plan to move forward with a major recording label, a rights buy-out would occur. During this process, whatever contract you have previously signed is bought-out by the major label in order for you to proceed with them.
EP: - An EP is short for "Extended Play" and is not a full album, but a compilation (usually) consisting of three to eight tracks.
EPK: An industry acronym for "electronic press kit." A press kit, in general, consists of your press material. So whomever you are pitching a performance or appearance to has an idea on who you are, what type of coverage you've had and what you've accomplished. The word "electronic" just signifies that it will be sent and viewed via the web.
A&R - While performing at a venue, sometimes you'll hear whispers that a few A&R reps are in the crowd, but who are they? A&R is an acronym for "artists and repertoire." These are talent scouts who attend shows on behalf of the label to seek out new talent. In some cases, they can also offer you recording contracts. You'll become very familiar with them throughout your career for they will be the on
Murder Mass's finest latin emcee Termanology set to release some new material with the upcoming release of his "Hood Politics 7" mixtape hosted by his homie DJ Deadeye due May 4th. Termanology set it off right with this first single from the project called "Bars For Days" featuring the New York City based Nitty Scott, MC & his fellow Massachusetts fam Ea$y Money. Great production from Shortfyuz & cuts by DJ Statik Selektah coupled with superb lyricism makes this joint a definite banger. Nice little nod to the legendary Big Daddy Kane with the cover resembling the 'Love Live The Kane' artwork too....
The Golden Era samples on this make the beat! The Demigodz (Apathy, Celph Titled, Ryu of Styles Of Beyond, Esoteric, Motive, Blacastan) first official full-length LP - "KILLmatic" - is due out March 5, 2013. Slated appearances include RA The Rugged Man, Scoop Deville & Eternia with production from the likes of DJ Premier, Marco Polo, The Snowgoons, Apathy, Skammadix & Will C. To hold you over until the LP's release, Demigodz have dropped "Never Take Me Out" (produced by Teddy Roxpin) featuring Termanology. Stream it below.
New video for Progress' single "Livewires" (produced by Termanology). The single features Term, REKS, Slaine and Ea$y Money. Visuals directed By Crazy Bill. Stream and download audio at the link below.
Wow. Dope joint off of Lil Fame (aka Fizzy Womack) and Termanology's album "Fizzology." Keep your ears open, and tuned into the Beatz & Lyrics Show (listen here at JayForce.com), because I'm gonna play this "Family Ties" on the very next live show! Bet on it. Oh... and respect to Fizzy Womack for pulling double duty on this - producing and emceeing. Real Hip-Hop lives right here.