How To Stop Other Rappers Stealing From You

How To Stop Other Rappers Stealing From You

How To Stop Other Rappers Stealing From You
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How To Stop Other Rappers Stealing From You

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The internet age has changed the landscape of the music game almost beyond recognition.

Back when you had no choice but to move in silence, it added mystery, it added suspense

Nowadays you can’t go to the mall without your Facebook prompting you to let your friends know.

With the new dynamic of the music game, it has allowed a lot of people who don’t have the same work ethic or talent as you, copy and steal from you.

Sometimes its intentional, sometimes it’s just subliminal. You ever find yourself writing something or making a beat for example and it sounds familiar but you’re not sure why? It’s a melody you heard somewhere and didn’t even realise.

Not only creatively, other rappers are adding your whole friends list, they’re tagging you in their stuff and taking over your Facebook wall. They’re replying to your fans in your youtube comments asking them to listen to them. Point blank period these rappers, for the most part are friends with you for everything they can get from you.

 

How To Stop Other Rappers Stealing From You

To an extent, it’s impossible to exist in the social space and not have things ‘borrowed’ from you.

Whether it be your updates, your lyrics, your marketing strategy…

Whilst you can’t completely eradicate it, you can take some preventative measures.

#1. Shut The Fuck Up.

As nicely as possible, shut the fuck up.

Stop bragging on all the things you’re going to do.
Stop telling people your vision and your plans.
Stop trusting other rappers with your secrets.

Post what you need to post but know whats for you and whats for your audience. Assume anything you put out is not yours anymore. Once it hits the internet, it’s everybody’s.

With that in mind, keep your updates concise and purposeful. Resist the urge to tell people about the ‘smart move’ you just played, about the big name collab you’ve got coming (until it’s time to promote).

To the folks putting out their lyrics on their Facebook status before they’ve even recorded them or uploading rough drafts of tracks before you’ve sealed your rights. You’re asking to have your shit stolen.

#2. Protect Your Profile.

Take your profile privacy seriously. I’ve lost count of the amount of times i’ve decided to look up an artist who’s been engaging on my Facebook updates and seen nothing but other peoples shit.

Stop letting people you don’t know dominate your wall, go to your privacy settings on Facebook and set your tags to need approval.
If the homies tag you, approve it, if some random mf tags you at least it doesn’t make it onto your wall.

Also, make your friends list private.

They are out here looking to gain a fanbase overnight, they see your audience engaging with you, all of a sudden they’ve jumped from 3 mutual friends to 267.

This can’t be helped to an extent because if they add people from your statuses you cant stop them but don’t give them access to everybody. Click the pencil icon in the top corner of your friend box on your profile and change it to ‘only me’

How To Stop Other Rappers Stealing From You

Some people may not care enough about other rappers and thats fair enough, they aint worth the worry. What you don’t want though is to be behind someone else on your own idea.

You don’t wanna grind for 2 years for a nice fanbase to have some fool add everybody and do it in half the time. protect your brand and it’s assets. Social media may seem like it’s all about showing off but all showoffs bring is bitter mf’s who wanna steal and taint you.

How To Stop Other Rappers Stealing From You

Be smart.

What are your thoughts on this? Ever had anything stolen from you?
Drop a comment below and let us know!

Also share this with your artists friends to help them protect their brand.

And if you have time I have another post about how to be more likeable as a rapper: Why Everybody Hates Rappers

– Esskimo

 

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