Originally Posted by PopularDemand
Not necessarily. Dudes like Cardiak, Jahlil Beats, Lex Luger, and others gave their beats away for free for use on mixtapes and radio releases until they made a dent. They even did free beat mixtapes for people to use. They parlayed that into success and they are still growing in the industry.
The laws of supply and demand in an over saturated beat market.
A free beat mixtape is entirely different. The OP has a rapper who
1. I would imagine has a budget,
2. who reached out to him, and
3. hasn't asked for a handout "yet."
That is what I am referring to specifically. If they have reached out to you for a beat.. at least see what they are talking about before you get into all that pro bono ish. That is my advice to the OP. Eff'd up makert for newjacks or not.
If he reached out to you.. and that mofo cant even by your @ss a slice of pizza or a single Pabst Blue Ribbon
.... well... lol Its up to you to decide at that point if you still wanto to work with dude. You might find it to be a vauable opportunity and roll with it.
My uncle once told me about talking to the ladies when I was a shorty, "If you don't shoot, you will never score." I have applied that advice to many things over the years. I can only think of a hand full of people I would "apprach with the premise of" giving them free beats to. And that would be moreso charity for anything, because im tired of hearing them rhyme over wack sh#t.
Now keep in mind, that if you have another source of income, then its not as critical, to establish "some" worth. You can just be the free beatz dude. No big deal.... Howver, if you have dependents.,or a mortgage, or any adult obligations... it would be wise to at least attempt to get some bread first. If the artist was thinking of cutting you 3 stacks and you jumped first on some free ish... well thats your loss, and you deserve to lose.
But.. this is why mgrs exists. Let them duke it out, and you can maintain a good relationship with the artist.