Friday, November 24, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

How to Keep Hustlin...

Quick blog post today, I wanted to update ya'll on where I'm at right now. Manifest Hustle vol. 1 was released a few months ago and honestly, I couldn't be happier with the feedback that I've gotten from people. If you've had a conversation with me about it, you know who you are and thank you!

I just want you guys to know that I am taking matters into my own hands as far as driving hits to this music and gaining attention. No! I'm not paying for Soundcloud plays and Youtube views, however, I am taking advantage of my everyday hustle and surroundings here in Hollywood.

Everyone loves the album art anyway, so I got 5,000 fliers of just that. It's an old-school method but when you meet as many people as I do every day it's a great way for me to get some exposure and gain new fans. The response to the fliers has been super positive and I believe has helped to increase CD sales as well.

I've also been leaving a bunch of fliers in the weed shops around LA and tacking them up on telephone phones and different places around the city. Next up is to get some stickers and target the high schools.

As always THANK YOU FOR READING! If you haven't yet please LISTEN to MANIFEST HUSTLE vol. 1 and watch my videos for "Cut It (Freestyle)" and "Them Dirty Dollas" on Youtube.

Blessings Fam!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Baby Steps

You might not be able to see it just yet, but on the low, shit is happening!!! Personally, I am extremely happy with how Manifest Hustle vol. 1 turned out and there is still more to come with videos and marketing materials. The true reflection of how huge this project is for me right now, may not really be represented in the views or hits, but I know in my heart that I have laid the foundation for big steps in the right direction.

Not only am I approaching completion of the second volume, but I am excited to say that in my studio session a few days ago I worked out my live performance masters. When you think about a rap think "oh he's just rapping, you just rap, that's the performance", but there is actually a lot more that goes into it and this process has been a valuable learning experience. Basically, these tracks have beats and hooks but no verses.

What this means is that I am one step closer to transitioning from a street hustler to a performing artist. It's something that I have visualized and dreamed about. If you fuck with my music please don't wait until I'm on stage to let it be known. Thank you.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Feels Good to be able to put some Shit out...

Peter Parker 513 - Cut It (Freestyle) 

Peter Parker 513 - Them Dirty Dollas

This post goes out strictly to my Manifest Hustlers. First off, I'm very very happy to say that I have successfully released two videos off my Manifest Hustle vol. 1 Mixtape Project and I'm so grateful to everyone that played a part in making this happen. You know who you are, God Bless you and I wish for you everything that I wish for myself. 

Secondly, I'd like to take this as an opportunity to speak to you guys, the ones that have been supporting and watching me over the years. As an artist, skill-wise, and creatively I feel like I'm at the top of my game. I feel like I'm the game's best-kept secret. Not to sound cliche but that's honestly how I feel. When I finally get everything figured out...from the block hustle to myself as an artist and as a businessman, everything that I do will definitely make more sense to you. However, I got to be honest in the fact that I don't know exactly how it's gonna come together and I don't know when. 

My mission is to maintain the lifestyle that I've built for myself over the last few years with my mixtapes and consistently deliver new and better music without jeopardizing that lifestyle. Also, I want to remind you guys that in no way shape or form am I looking to "be discovered." My dream and vision is to one day make the transition from a mixtape hustler on Hollywood Blvd to an independent performing artist and do it all on my own terms without sacrificing who I am as a man and spiritual being. 

Thank you and again I hope ya'll enjoy these two videos! If you haven't already, listen to the full mixtape, Manifest Hustle volume 1 on soundcloud. Feel free to reach out to me and let me know what you honestly think. All feedback is good feedback.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Music Success Week 9: The Real World. That's a Wrap!

Lot's of exciting completions to report in this blog. I have finished my first pass through Music Success in 9 Weeks by Ariel Hyatt and along with that my NEW MUSIC is now available on my NEW WEBSITE (which you are looking at right now) . Listen to Manifest Hustle !!!

(Music Success in 9 Weeks + The Original hand-drawn Artwork for Manifest Hustle vol. 1)

Now, as I mentioned in my previous post, though a lot of work has been done to bring these projects to fruition, in my mind, now is when the real hard work actually begins. Since it has been so long since I have released new music, this first mixtape in a series of many to drop this year was just about getting the music out and getting back in connection with my fans. I'm so grateful to this Music Success book for putting so much emphasis on that aspect of being an artist.

Week 9 gets real as the author discusses a wide range of topics from Networking, Press Kits, writing press releases plus finding and utilizing a publicist. As I read through the final stage of this information, I am thankful that I will have many opportunities to apply the steps more thoroughly with each new mixtape and album I release.

For so many years, I felt overwhelmed and I wanted to make excuses for why I wasn't ready to make new music, why I couldn't find beats, or producers or studios, but using Music Success in 9 Weeks not only gave me great content for my blog, but has given me a solid set of guidelines to make it all seem easier. I feel more equipped to continue this process, keep my fans involved, maximize my social media presence and start promoting in the right way so I can eventually make money from my music.

Some key points to note about Week 9: The Real World. When networking, think outside the box and attend events, parties, and social situations that align with your industry. For example, attending an event for musicians could help you find new band members but probably won't get you gigs. Going to a bridal convention, on the other hand, could help you book weddings. When you meet someone, make the conversation about them, ask them questions, and get a business card, then FOLLOW UP!! Following up is one of the most important things you can do that will make you stand out since most people don't. Finally, make sure you have a business card but don't offer it unless it is asked for.

Though you may feel that a Press Kit only needs to be online, it's important to have a hard copy prepared just in case. Not to mention, most journalists and writers prefer to have a jewel cased CD sent to them for easy access along with all your other relevant information including an engaging 1-page bio with your pitch from Week 2 in the first paragraph, contact information, photos and reviews/quotes.

When it comes to PR, Hyatt outlines how to create your own professional Press Release for new music, tours or other notable information about you, which can be really useful if you decide to do most of your own publicity. Otherwise finding a publicist is the next step to really getting the word out about your music via the internet, magazines, and newspapers. Week 9 leaves you with some helpful tips on how to save money with your publicist once you choose one.

I have absorbed all of this information, but it sounds like it will be more relevant to me once I start doing shows and have a little more traction, so I look forward to reusing this book from start to finish as I continue to make and release more music more consistently. For now, please let me know what you think of Manifest Hustle and my new website. LISTEN HERE!!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Thank You to My Core Supporters: Manifest Hustle COMING SOON!

With inspiration from Music Success in 9 Weeks I came up with a plan for releasing my new music and the first piece of that plan was to drop the artwork. Since practically the first page, this book has focused on engagement. Engagement with fans, with other musicians, with bloggers and with partners. Eager to put this knowledge into play, I made a list of about 150 people of my Facebook Friends that I thought would be most likely to help me out and drafted an explanation of my vision for unveiling the album art for my new mixtape through their social media networks.

Reaching out to these people definitely took me out of my comfort zone. A lot of them are people that I hadn't spoken to in while, but it's been so long since I have released new music that I was curious to see who was interested and willing to be a part of my journey. Other than my Mom, Brother and Sisters, and immediate family, I had no idea who would actually respond and agree to help, but I was inspired and grateful for the number of people that replied and genuinely appreciated the idea.

For those that agreed, I sent them the album art along with instructions for how to post with my hashtags. The plan was people that I know, or am friends with on Facebook, but that I didn't reach out to, would see the artwork from other people in our shared network and create a little bit of buzz, and I believe it's working.

So thank you to every single person that participated in the release of my album art. I am so thankful to have done it this way because it was the first step in making that genuine connection with the people that are my true supporters. As per Week 8 of Music Success, I want to continue to get feedback from this core group of people. In my mind, if you shared this on your profile you have the right to help me mold and shape this music, so please reach out, leave comments, criticism, be active in this process so I can continue to keep you involved.

Manifest Hustle is the first of many new releases to come, but this release represents the making of the switch from music as a hobby to music as a profession. It's coming with a brand new website, and music video to kick everything off. In my mind, it is truly the tip of the iceberg and this is where the hard work actually starts. I'm not claiming to be the best rapper alive but I am claiming to be the best me. I built this vision through faith, positive energy, and pure hustle, and that is what I want people to sense when they see this artwork. I want to inspire people to manifest their hustle. Whatever that is, that dream, goal, life aspiration, I hope my music motivates something in you.

So thank you to:

Pat tepe
Ivey hedges
GTP Steele
Arron Campero
Amanda oWodrow
Xavier Sanchez
Jessica Campero
Joanne Salt
Jeff Holland
Youngace Fiveonethree
Scott LaKid
Josh mvi
Matt Heimbold
Mary Thomas
Issac Kabengele
Jimi Skwlkr
London Christopher Dicks
Mofab Bbr DoinHer
Christina Stegeman
Longway Longway
Aimee Collins
Oxlo Esastus
Kingsley Issac
Jason Opplinger
Candice Ross
James Frazier
Angie Campero
Nina Gibson
Brittney Miller
Carla Barwick
Mike Sexton
Shannon Loadholt
Julia Ward
Kristen Allen
Ashton Belle
Nadja Glassel
Lisa Carnes

People are still tagging and posting as I type, if you're reading this and haven't got around to posting, please do! If you're someone who I forgot to reach out to, please message me, I'm still sending the artwork out for people to post.

Friday, April 21, 2017

How Rap Drew - Unveiling Culture

Shout out to the big homie Drew, I definitely appreciate his work. I'm gearing up for my Manifest Hustle vol. 1 release and don't really know what to expect, just trying to leave no stone unturned.