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Artist Management For The Music Biz: What Is A Music Manager? When Will You Need To Hire A Manager?

So what does a music manager do, exactly?

Being a music manager requires drive, determination and a passion for music.

To be a good music manager you need to be organized, excellent with people and have a good understanding of the industry as it stands today.

Your basic role is to bring together the people and projects which meet the goals of the artist and their record company. That goal could be anything from generating a top 10 hit or getting a gig at Glastonbury. Either way, you have to co-ordinate all aspects of the project, work with individuals and organisations such as event promoters, publicity agents and talent-booking agencies – as well as the artists and record labels you represent.

It’s down to you to ensure all projects run smoothly, deadlines are met and campaigns come together. Each party will be obsessing about their individual task, so it’s critical for a manager to remain focused on the bigger picture and end goal.

Your tasks also depend on what point your client is at in their career. If an artist is signed to a record label, you’ll need to keep in mind what they want to achieve for the musician. If you’re managing unsigned artists, your priority will be to generate as much work as possible to get them noticed and paid.

Whether you’re managing unknown musicians or major record labels, it’s important to understand the field of music in which your clients operate. Each different type of music has its own scene, fan base and unique way of working.

It’s important to research the music business you’re in – or want to enter – and identify the key influencers, from the big promoters and broadcasters, to record companies. Get to know the structure of the companies you’re dealing with too – be clear about how business is conducted, who is responsible for what and who the decision-makers are. Then go out and grab their attention and command their respect. Having an influential network helps, so always be professional but friendly and approachable to maintain and create new contacts.

You will also need to be able to cope well under pressure. Dealing with a range of different characters and organizations, all with their own pressures, can be challenging. When someone loses their cool you have to make sure you don’t – it’s your job to keep calm, see the strategic picture and put out the fires that other people start.

If you’re looking for a way into management then having a presence at the right places is a great way to get noticed. Many managers get appointed in all types of situations, such as gigs or clubs as nearly all the key people will be there.

Most managers start as promoters, assistants, engineers or even artists. Putting time in at different levels of the industry will arm you well in the future. The best way to start is to get experience in different departments and work your way up.

Starting you own operation is a great way to break into management and will gain you some real experience. It may feel like you’re at the bottom of a mountain, but it won’t be long until you find yourself half way to the top.

The music business is a great industry to work in, but to be a manager requires drive and determination which is driven by a passion for music. It’s fiercely competitive but, once you’ve made it, it can be one of the most fulfilling and often financially rewarding careers.

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Southern Rap Artist Mississippi Sipp Releases Classic New Hit “DARK SIDE” via Kandy Paint Records

Get all of my Albums out on Kandy Paint Records…3 are out now and Pimp Tendencies coming soon! www.tinyurl.com/tawkreal or search on iTunes and Google Play! #MississippiSipp

Artist:Mississippi Sipp

Song Title: Dark Side

Label: Kandy Paint Records

Independent Record Label (Leland,Ms 38756)

Mississippi Sipp “DARK SIDE” Lyrics

(Bring Song in with Chip Monk Sound Effect)
17 secs
Mississippi Sipp (Take Me On Da Dark Side,Da Dark Side)
Mississippi Sipp (Will you take me back to Leland,To Leland)
Mississippi Sipp ( Aint you From Kandy Paint Records)
Mississippi Sipp  (We need some Money Can you help Us)
HOOK x2
I cant understand why these broads be tripping
If u cant stand da heat,Then stay outtta my kitchen
Balling In My Lac Dropped Low to da ground
Just a young player trying to put my bid IN
Yall wanna a bitch that be constantly staying
I wanna a bitch that be constantly paying
No Rainbow clothes fuck 4 or 5 hoes
Do Yall hear what da Sipp Ward Saying
Verse 1 (49 secs)
IM Pimping My Pin Steady counting dem Dividens
Already Please God forgive me for all of my sins
Im a Man what da hell u think im spose to do
A part of da ones A chosen few
We Elite In these streets
Already Once again we can never be beat
Keep beating yo Meat  im beating my feet
Counting all this money Bitch I just like to eat
You Just like to Preach,Give praise to da streets
If it wasnt for Concrente you wouldnt have no ME
Keep my track on repeat Hey Come vibe young nigga
Magilla Gorilla
If u got enough heart gone pull da TRIGGER (Gun Shot Sound Effect)
Hook 1:37
Mississippi Sipp (Take Me On Da Dark Side,Da Dark Side)
Mississippi Sipp (Will you take me back to Leland,To Leland)
Mississippi Sipp ( Aint you From Kandy Paint Records)
Mississippi Sipp  (We need some Money Can you help Us)
HOOK x1
I cant understand why these broads be tripping
If u cant stand da heat,Then stay outtta my kitchen
Balling In My Lac Dropped Low to da ground
Just a young player trying to put my bid IN
Yall wanna a bitch that be constantly staying
I wanna a bitch that be constantly paying
No Rainbow clothes fuck 4 or 5 hoes
Do Yall hear what da Sipp Ward Saying

Verse 2 (2:09)
Jay Z Like IM Jigga, NO ordinary Nigga
Need to stack a couple Mil,Stand Tall as da Ceilen
Is her booty dat Jiggly,Well let me test it one time
Bitch Im aiming for yours and Bitch you aiming For Mine
Said I aint Got da Time,I aint got da TIME
Well let me take yo ass  Back to da DARK SIDE
Dis how Pimps jus Relax and Us Players just RIDE
IF im Hurting you dat bad, Just go commit suicide
I fucks wit yo mental but im good for yo HEALTH
IM talking cash shit nigga mane da game 2 real
Dat GAME 2 too Trill
I like to Ride 2 tone
Ball Nigga Ball Like Play Fly We Get it ON

Hook 2:57
Mississippi Sipp (Take Me On Da Dark Side,Da Dark Side)
Mississippi Sipp (Will you take me back to Leland,To Leland)
Mississippi Sipp ( Aint you From Kandy Paint Records)
Mississippi Sipp  (We need some Money Can you help Us)
HOOK x1
I cant understand why these broads be tripping
If u cant stand da heat,Then stay outtta my kitchen
Balling In My Lac Dropped Low to da ground
Just a young player trying to put my bid IN
Yall wanna a bitch that be constantly staying
I wanna a bitch that be constantly paying
No Rainbow clothes fuck 4 or 5 hoes
Do Yall hear what da Sipp Ward Saying

3:27 Verse 3
Route it IM Bout It
We Dont Fuck wit no Cowards
Feds Pulled a nigga over But I wasnt driving no AUDI
Impeachmeant Empower All Black Eddie Bauer
Washintona is my County shouts out to Mount Bayou
Shouts out to Dat LELAND we blee block n bleeding
Dats why she Knocked kneeded Cause Ill Keep her on her knees
Cause Ill keep em on they toes
She not yo ordinary HO, Ass Thicker than Corn Bread
So Fuck what U said Me No Fuck wit no FEDS
Migo dropped dem opiates off I like dat in my head
Hell Naw I aint Scared Yelling RIP to CED
Little Nappy Headed nigga so go Grow Some Dreads
Of Go-Go a FAN da backyard band
04:14 Hook
Mississippi Sipp (Take Me On Da Dark Side,Da Dark Side)
Mississippi Sipp (Will you take me back to Leland,To Leland)
Mississippi Sipp ( Aint you From Kandy Paint Records)
Mississippi Sipp  (We need some Money Can you help Us)
HOOK x1
I cant understand why these broads be tripping
If u cant stand da heat,Then stay outtta my kitchen
Balling In My Lac Dropped Low to da ground
Just a young player trying to put my bid IN
Yall wanna a bitch that be constantly staying
I wanna a bitch that be constantly paying
No Rainbow clothes fuck 4 or 5 hoes
Do Yall hear what da Sipp Ward Saying

4:45secs
I done Seen Too many hoes dat like to jock for FAME
She wanna give me her but She aint even knew my NAME
Its Strange How a Bitch can make u wonder
But whole time im thinking How im gone hide dis Hundids

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Codeine and Promethazine-Curious About What Drank Does Or Make You Feel Like On Lean?

Can You Really Become Addicted To Drank?

Sizzurp

Sippin on syrup, lean, purple drank – whatever you call it, drinking codeine and promethazine containing cough syrup will get you high, but it’s also dangerous and since codeine is a narcotic, it’s pretty addictive. Addictive enough, in fact, that if you sip enough of that syrup, you could end up going through a heroin withdrawal like period of detox.

Made famous through southern screwed and chopped hip hop music, and centralized out of Houston, syrup killed rap artist Pimp C last year, and Lil Wayne has admitted to a serious addiction to the drug.

Getting High?

Sippin syrup will get you feeling pretty good. Codeine is an opiate, similar to other notable opiates like heroin, morphine,percocet, oxycontin or vicodin. Codeine happens to work well as a cough suppressant, but like all other opiates, it also works to control pain, and notably, to make you feel very good.

Codeine, when taken in larger than recommended doses will create feelings of contentment, euphoria, relaxation, sleepiness and well being.

Promethazine is an antihistamine, and also a CNS depressant. Promethazine works to increase the potency of the codeine. Promethazine mixed with codeine gets you higher.

Users generally mix a small amount of the cough syrup together with sprite, soda or fruit juice, and often a hard candy like a jolly rancher as well. The drink is slowly sipped leading to a sense of contentment, and well being. In larger doses, euphoria and un-coordination can result. The drink is sometimes called lean because of the way people on syrup tend to walk.

Medications That Don’t Mix With Sizzurp

  • Other narcotic pain medications, such as hydrocodone, tramadol, morphine, fentanyl, methadone, heroin and many others.
  • Alcohol
  • Antihistamine (chlorpheniramine – azatadine – brompheniramine and others)
  • Sedatives (seconal, Solfoton, Luminal, Amytal etc.)
  • Phenothiazines
  • Anti depressants
  • Any medications that warn of drowsiness or sleepiness.
  • Many others

Purple Drank

What is it?

Certain brands of prescription cough suppressant work through two active medicinal ingredients – codeine and promethazine.

Codeine is a derivative of morphine, and an opiate, and promethazine is an antihistamine. When the two drugs are taken in large quantities, both medicinal ingredients interact with one another to increase the potency of the high. As both are CNS depressants, taking the drug in large enough quantities can lead to respiratory depression, a slowing of breathing, and in severe cases, a stoppage of breathing and an overdose death. (The cough syrup is not dangerous when taken as directed, although because of its CNS depressant qualities, it should not be taken with alcohol or other CNS depressing medications.)

Addictive?

Codeine, like all opiates, is very addictive, both psychologically, and physically. If you use codeine and promethazine cough syrup for a couple of weeks, every day, you will become physically dependent on the drug. If you become physically dependent on the drug, you will need to take it every day, or more than once a day, just to keep the sickness of codeine withdrawal and detox at bay.

Although codeine is not as potent or addictive as heroin, the addiction and withdrawal symptoms share many similarities to a heroin addiction and withdrawal.

If you abuse codeine and promethazine cough syrup too regularly, you will get addicted, and getting addicted to opiates is no fun at all.

Overdose?

In large doses, you can die.

If you take it recreationally with certain other medications, you also risk an overdose.

If you use it recreationally, and you suffer from certain medical conditions, you could suffer a fatal overdose.

Opiates are central nervous system depressants. Promethazine is also a central nervous system depressant. They both slow you down, which is part of why people enjoy taking the drugs, but also why they can be quite dangerous.

These medications will slow down your breathing. If you take them in high enough doses, your breathing can slow down so much that you die from it.

If you take these medications with other CNS depressant medications (like other prescription pain killers, alcohol, certain anti depressants etc.) the addictive and cumulative effects of the medications can result in an overdose. And an overdose can result in death. Abusing codeine and promethazine recreationally is dangerous, but abusing it recreationally while taking other medications is very risky.

Pimp C died in his sleep after taking codeine and promethazine. He had sleep apnea which interfered with his breathing, and when combined with the respiratory depressive effects of the medication, killed him.

Regular users of the drug will develop a tolerance and need to take ever greater doses to get high. As you take greater doses of the CNS depressing medication, your risk of overdose increases.

Overdose Deaths

Withdrawal?

If you play for too long with codeine and promethazine, you will pay the price of a very uncomfortable detox and withdrawal period when you try to stop.

Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Restless legs
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiousness
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle aches
  • Others

Withdrawal pains will last from a few days to a week, and can be very tough to overcome without some help.

Cough syrup doesn’t seem as scary or serious as heroin or even oxycontin but the withdrawal period is rough, and you will probably need some help to get off.

Withdrawal Options

To get off, you can

  1. Go cold turkey
  2. Wean yourself off
  3. Get into an opiate substitution program – like methadone or Suboxone.

A cold turkey detox is fastest, but toughest.

Weaning yourself off the medication can work, and if you have the discipline, and are in no real rush, can be a reasonably effective way to get off the drug. The key to weaning down off of codeine and promethazine is not to hurry. Try going down by 10-20%. Reduce your daily dosage by 10-20% and wait until that feels ok before attempting to again reduce the dosage.

A good tip is to have a trusted friend or family member control your access to the medication, to ensure that you actually stay on course with your daily dosage reductions. Have a friend (preferably a sober friend) mix the drinks for a while.

The last option is to participate in an opiate substitution program, like methadone or suboxone (buprenorphine). These are medications that you take instead of the cough syrup. They will keep you from feeling sick, but will not get you high. You will gradually need to reduce your dosage off of these medications.

Be careful

Opiates are fun. They feel good and they are seductive, and it’s so easy to get sucked into an addiction.

It doesn’t take long at all, and before you know it – you’re a junky, and once you are, getting off is tough.

If you’re not yet addicted, make sure you stay that way. If you plan on continuing to use codeine and promethazine recreationally, make sure you don’t get high every day. The more often you get high, the greater your risk of addiction.

If you’re thinking about experimenting with a little purple drank – wondering what all the fuss is about – make sure you understand the risks, and think hard about whether or not it’s worth it.

 Mississippi Sipp