How to Get a Hiphop Record Deal

This article describes a general idea on how to get a record deal from a hip-hop/rap label. Every artist or band, no matter what genre of music they perform, dreams of that perfect record deal that will shoot them straight to super stardom.


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    Record your demo. If at all possible, have it look professional on a CD. Make copies of your demo and have at least 5-10 extra ones for yourself, friends, or just in case.
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    Find out to whom (a name of a person) you should send your demo. Don't send it to the name of the company, as it might end up in the wrong hands.
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    Put your best tracks first. If your worst track is first on the CD, they will just throw it out without looking into it.
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    Be persistent. Don't just send it to them and wait, call them up and ask the specific person you sent your demo to how he/she liked it.
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    Be professional. You'll be seen as a mature individual.
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    Have some unbiased consumers listen to your songs to get a true assessment of the quality of your music, prior to submitting your songs for deal consideration.
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    Do some research in advance to insure that the record labels and A&R's you are trying to work with are actively looking to promote the specific style of music you create. This can help save everyone involved a lot of time in the long run, help you minimize your CD production costs, and better insure your music gets heard.
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    The Internet is being used all the time to find the next biggest rapper. We hear about people using to host their music and get an audience. Other sites such as are designed specifically for aspiring artists and are known for A&Rs from big time record labels watching the site. They even offer their users a shot at a record label. Upload your music all over the place to get some followers.


  • Never give up.
  • Be real with your music and have fun!
  • If you fail try again and again and again because you're not going to be on the top ten on your first try.
  • Most importantly, believe in yourself. And never back down!
  • Always know it was better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all.
  • Have faith in your rhymes, if you do a half good job, your rhymes will be half good. If your do your best and think they are good, they might be good, don't be a fool though, listen to your supporters and stay focus. Also, try your best!!
  • Phantom City Studios is looking to sign new artists.
  • Have your friends or anyone that you feel has the ear for quality music give you advice or show you your mistakes and how to fix them.
  • Work on putting it together.
  • Get a small deal in your local area first, use their equipment, and once you have quality audio then you can go for bigger labels.
  • Come up with your own new style. Bring something new to the game and it will get you very far.


  • If they don't like it, it's not the end of all things.
  • Don't quit because you didn't get accepted into Jive Records. You have to be willing to start out small.

Things You'll Need

  • Access to a decent recording studio.
  • Lyrics
  • People you can trust
  • Some type of fan base or reputation
  • Contact info for the record label

Sources and Citations

  • - Here you can send your music demo for a chance to get a record deal.
  • - Get your music on here to get fans, win contests, get prizes, and eventually score a record deal.
  • To get noticed you have to put yourself out there, online everywhere.
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