Screwston, Texas

How Stressful Is Being A Rapper... Really?

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Nosaprise: Eh, being a rapper is stressful sometimes, but then again so is every other job I can think of. I'd rather be stressed about music then stressed about missing a shift at Red Lobster.

Yung Redd: I think people are [used] to the normal type of music; look at me and Killa [Kyleon]. We are real MCs, with all the right things an artist needs to make it. At time, labels won't put full attention on a new artist because they're used to the same routine. Another thing, it's too much underhand cheerleadin' for certain artists. But I feel nobody knows talent or who will blow.

hasHBrown: Being a rapper in Houston doing the style of hip-hop that I do is an adverse road, to say the least. I think before I became more business- and press-savvy I always thought talent was the only thing that mattered. Over time I had to see that talent isn't enough when you're trying to make a name for yourself. It would be easy to sit here and complain about how hard it is, but in actuality nothing worth having ever comes easy.

Everyday is an opportunity for someone new to hear your music. Talent doesn't lie, people can see and or hear that you have talent but your grind has to overmatch your talent. I don't think this dream is more stressful or less stressful than any normal person's everyday life.

When this rap life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, pour in some liquor and have a celebration.

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