Do you see the track below? It’s a Drake song; which is the first non-unsigned and non-independent artist track I’ve ever featured on this blog. But its signification carries heavy on what I am speaking about today. The song is “Draft Day”, a ode to the Canadian MC’s athletic friends Johnny Manziel and Andrew Wiggins, who are soon to be major players (in a literal sense) in the NFL and NBA respectively.
But what does it have to do with its feature on our site today? Well you can call the unsigned and independent pool of MCs, songstress’, and rockers as the “high school” and “college” talents of the music industry. Like pro sports, before you get to THE SHOW or the BIG TIME or whatever overused movie-entendre words you want to state, you go through the minors… you go through the rigorous task of making things in best interest of career in music.
Some of the biggest names had to “pay their dues” before getting that call up. Some even went through different avenues first, such as Mr. OVO, Drake (TV), or Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri (DJs) and even the man known as Puff Daddy was nothing more than a file clerk in the beginning at a record label. At the end of the day, its all about how much you want to get to a pivotal part of your life in music, its about getting seen, getting to the next level… getting drafted.
Like Pac said, gotta keep your head up artist!
- DJ Mainstream