Five Sure-Fire Ways To Have A Hit Rap Video

If you're in the entertainment industry, you're no stranger to music videos. But if you don't follow a few basic rules, your videos can turn into a legal nightmare. Just ask Jim Jones, who last week got sued by two Texas women over their unintentional (and topless) cameos.

Follow these tips anytime you find yourself in front of or behind a camera.

5. Represent: Showing a landmark from your area is standard practice in hip-hop videos. Got a 5-star burger joint in your city? Point your camera at it. Got a must-see strip club in your hood? Consider shooting your video on its premises. Follow this tip, even if it's out of context. Rep your hood right and your fans won't hold it against you.