The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email email@example.com.
This Week's Rapper: KAB
This Week's Subject: Does the ease with which one can make a song available to the masses today put undue pressure on rappers?
Ask A Rapper: So here's what we've been thinking on lately: Everyone is going yo-yo for all of the new rappers and all of the good music that they've been putting out. As such, do you feel a certain amount of pressure to put out more and more music at a faster and faster clip than you would have otherwise?
KAB: Since I started making music I have been putting it out consistently. I'm not in a rush to put out music like others or as fast as others, because to me it's not about quantity it's about quality.
If you put out 700 songs and only got a couple of jams then something is wrong. That's the whole motive behind "Good Music"; you pose to give your craft time but they gave they craft negligence.
AAR: How long does it take you to put together a song, from very beginning to very end?
KAB: It really depends on my inspiration at the time. I have written whole songs in under an hour before, but sometimes it might take me a couple days to put all my thoughts the way I want them on the track.
AAR: Do you feel like every song you record is brilliant, or are there times when you release one or two and say, "Yeah, that probably could've been better"?
KAB: I have hundreds of songs you might never hear because I'm only gone release what I think is up to par. I will never put a record out thinking I could have done a better job on it.
AAR: Let's say that you've just finished recording a song that you want to get out there. Walk us through the steps that you go through to promote it.
KAB: Once the song sound quality is right, the Internet is the quickest, easiest way to get your music heard now days. I put "Good Music" on my wemix Web page as soon as I finished. Then I took it down after a couple of hours, so those who didn't hear it were still asking about it.
AAR: The worst part of being a rapper is...?
KAB: It's too many damn people that rap. It's hard to make another person listen to you when he's trying to make it to the same spot you're trying to make it to. You give a dude a CD nowadays, he gone give you two CDs and offer you studio time.
It's hard as a new artist to filter yourself from the bullshit, but then again, if you stand out you stand out, and eventually you will separate yourself from that.
Follow KAB on Twitter at @kabthadon.
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