Legendary rapper, Slick Rick, is the voice of the audio book version of Wendy Day’s highly acclaimed How To Get A Record Deal book. Written by Wendy Day from Rap Coalition to educate rapper’s, singers, and musicians about how to build a career in the music business by signing a contract with a record label (or why an artist might not want to do so). You can see the audio book at iWantARecordDeal.com.
Wendy and Rick have been good friends for many years, and when Rick heard there was a book to help artists navigate the music industry, he offered to be the voice of the audio book. Wendy thought this was a wonderful idea as his voice is iconic and Slick Rick is a legend in the music industry. “Not only is he a hero of mine, but he’s a hero to many! Rick came into the music industry in the 1980s when there was no path, so he created the path,” says Wendy Day.
How To Get A Deal was released in March 2016 as a digital book available at Amazon and iTunes. “So many rappers have asked me for an audio version because they’d rather listen to the book than read one, so this is right on time!” states Day. How To Get A Record Deal is for anyone interested in being part of the music industry, whether as an artist, singer, rapper, or musician. It explains:
- the ins and outs of getting signed to a record label,
- what it takes to stand out in today’s music environment,
- the types of record deals that exist today (360 Deals, artist deals with leverage, joint ventures, and distribution deals),
- the differences between an independent record label and a major label,
- what labels look for in an artist,
- what artists should look for in a record label,
- the pros and cons of signing to an artist owned label,
- an explanation of recording contracts,
- the qualities needed to succeed,
- the current state of the urban music business,
- how to build an incredible buzz.
Talent, alone, is not enough to attract a record deal. The market is over saturated and talent is relatively easy to find today. MANY artists have talent…but they lack the other things that make artists successful (strong work ethic, ability to self-start, an understanding of how the music industry works, etc).
In order to attract a record deal, the artist must stand out. Sending music to record labels isn’t enough to get a deal. Having a great connection in the industry is not enough to get a record deal. Opening for famous artists in concert is not enough to get a record deal. Having magazines, blogs, or newspapers write about you isn’t enough to get a record deal. Having a huge amount of views on YouTube is not enough to get a record deal. Yet these things are what artists do everyday thinking it will get them signed to a record label so they can become a star. How To Get A Record Deal dispels the myths and explains in a factual manner how to attract a record label interested in helping the artist succeed.
Getting signed to a label isn’t the main goal for any artist–creating a successful and long lasting career is the goal. Getting signed to a label is just one possible step along the path to achieving that goal. This book was written by Wendy Day from Rap Coalition who has shopped, found, and negotiated some of the best deals in urban music. How To Get A Record Deal is written for artists and non-artists who just want to learn more about the music industry and how it REALLY works.
Rather than wasting precious time by going in a direction that will not produce results, or wasting money on some of the unsavory characters who exist in the music industry (it’s a shark infested industry), knowing exactly how the process works and achieving success is the best road to follow. How To Get A Record Deal puts readers on the road to success. It’s a blueprint that has worked for many successful artists.
- Who The Heck Is Wendy Day?
- Turning Music Into Money
- The Cold Hard Truth
- The Major Labels
- The Sub-Labels
- Types Of Record Deals
- 360 Deals
- Indie Labels
- Independent Record Labels
- Unsigned VS Indie
- What Labels Are Looking For
- The Current State Of The Business
- The Playing Field Is Leveled
- The Splintering Effect
- Cash Rules
- Greed Took Over
- 40 Is Not The New 30
- Selling Music In A Changing Economy
- Building Your Incredible Buzz
- Who Is Your Fan?
- Start With Great Music
- Target Area
- Time In
- Recording Contracts
- The Qualities You Need To Succeed
Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters, better known to the world as “Slick Rick”, is a Grammy-nominated, English-born performer and the most successful British-American rapper in music history who is known as Hip-Hop’s Greatest Storyteller. Originally from London, the hip-hop veteran began his career in 1983 as a member of Doug E. Fresh’s Get Fresh Crew, pioneering what is referred to as the “Golden Age of Hip- Hop”. With four albums to his credit – the landmark The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (1988), The Ruler’s Back (1991), Behind Bars (1994) and The Art of Storytelling (1999).
Rick has collaborated with a range of musical icons, from Jay-Z and Missy Elliot to Outkast, Mos Def and Aaliyah. His music has been sampled and interpolated over 600 times, by such artists as Beyonce, Beastie Boys, TLC, Nas, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Black Star, The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg and Color Me Badd. In the process, he became the most sampled hip-hop artist ever. Many of the new songs became hit singles, underscoring his timeless influence.
Slick Rick has been a VH1 Hip-Hop Honors honoree; About.com’s “Top 50 MCs of Our Time” ranked him #12; The Source’s roundup of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time placed him at #15 and Complex called him “The Best Rapper Alive” at the peak of his career. Ever the influence, he has been referenced in over 35 songs from the early 1990’s to present day by recording artists such as Nicki Minaj, J Cole, Pitfall, Will.i.am, Amy Winehouse, and Big Sean. Slick Rick has also acted and cameo’d in 10 movies and videos. He has four Billboard 200 records, and 14 Top 100 Singles worldwide.
Music isn’t his only passion– on top of being a uniquely gifted lyricist, Rick is an actor and music producer known his fashion sense and for a growing list of business and philanthropic endeavors. The artist is known for his infamous eye-patch and heavily adorned jewelry. This self-expression through personal style has become his signature and has never been successfully duplicated. Recognizing the need for positive influences, he has devoted his time to mentoring youth on the dangers of violence. Additionally, Rick has partnered with various organizations to raise awareness and funds for the issues impacting underserved communities. In April 2016, Rick became a US Citizen after a 20 year immigration battle.
As a fan of rap music since 1980, Wendy Day founded Rap Coalition in 1992 out of disgust for the way rappers, producers, and DJs are treated in the music business. She has devoted her career to helping artists, educating, and supporting them. Wendy has helped build some of the biggest stars in urban and pop music and has worked with a veritable who’s who of urban music. She has played a role in the careers of Master P, C-Murder, Beats By The Pound, Eminem, Cash Money Records, BG, Lil Wayne, Hot Boyz, Juvenile, Boosie, Webbie, David Banner, Fiend, Ras Kass, Young Buck, Trouble, Slick Rick, and many others. In 2017, Wendy Day will celebrate her 25th Anniversary in the music business.