5 Golden Rules Of Collaborating As An Upcoming Artiste

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As a new and relatively unknown artiste, collaborating with other artistes is a great way to advertise your skills to a wider listener-base, and eventually convert them into your fans.

But, you have to make every collaboration count if you want to have the desired results.

Here are my 5 golden rules of collaborating as an upcoming artiste!

1. Take a full verse

Remember what Missy Elliot said on Lil’ Kim’s “Ladies Night” remix?

Let me remind you –

“Yo Kim/ You ain’t gon’ use me to just be singing hooks”.

This clearly shows how eager Missy was to advertise her skills as a newcomer, and her acknowledgement of the fact that just singing the chorus, wasn’t good enough!

Take a full verse if you can!

2. Collaborate with artistes that have a decent following

As an upcoming artiste, I’m sure you’ll agree that being exposed to 10,000 new listeners is much better than being exposed to 1,000 new listeners.

This isn’t to say you shouldn’t collaborate with artistes who don’t have a large following. I’m just saying that when you reach out to artistes for collabs, it’ll be more profitable to target those with a larger audience.

3. Say something memorable

Now that you’ve secured a collaboration with a noteworthy act, it’ll be in your best interest not to get murdered on the track.

And even though the person you’re featuring may be a better rapper or singer, your verse could still become a fan-favorite, but only if you say something memorable!

Take this line from Pharoahe Monch’s verse on Sway & Tech’s “The Anthem” as an example –

He rapped –

“When I cut your neck, I’ll leave a little piece o’ skin so your head won’t fall off”.

Pharoahe Monch’s verse wasn’t my favorite on the song, but that particular line will live in my head forever!

4. Always get your credits

It surprises me when I hear a song by an upcoming artiste, and I hear more than one voice on the song, but the extra voices aren’t credited in the song title.

That doesn’t even make sense!

Always insist that your name is included in the song title and description. That’s the only way a new audience will know who you are!

An extra tip is to call out your name just before you begin your verse, in the middle of the verse, and at the end too.

Don’t be ashamed, the biggest artistes have done it… (I’m D’banj, or Ski Banj as my Jamaican friends call me). Lol.

Also keep in mind that song-writing is a big part of collaborations. So get your credit as a writer, as that could open the doors to a profitable song-writing business for you!

5. Don’t collaborate with wack artistes

I’m sure you’d rather feature Ladipoe on your song, than that popular Nigerian rapper who became an industry clown due to his level of wackness.

I think he ended up beefing another wack Nigerian rapper at some point, and they even ended up collaborating later on.

The better the quality of the artistes you feature, the more seriously the industry will take you!

There you have it guys, my 5 golden rules for collaborating as an upcoming artiste.

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Written by: Amechi Okoli

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