I would have to start this piece off by saying I hope so, but do I see evidence that one will ever exist, nope. There is so much hatred embedded in the people here to the point that they would rather kill another artist before seeing the do better and make it in this business. Forget this business if your doing better period that is a cause for a gun to be in your face. The sad thing about it is I used to think it was people who didn't like you or people who hated you that would "hate on you!" When in reality the people who actually hate to see you doing good is the ones closest to you. People who used to be a part of your team or wanted to be a part but was turned down.
I see so much talent here and it's sad that the only time people scream unity is when they want you to unite around them. In 2008 I went hard at this music business and we did well. We did well enough to actually have a few deals on the table, terrible deals that would never be accepted, but deals none the less. When I didn't except them my team fell a part. I realized then that Charleston artist are living off of this unrealistic goal pattern that they drop a song, a mixtape, get radio play and get a deal. So when it doesn't happen in that order they are ready to quit or just "do it for fun!" I will be honest I'm not in this game for fun, I'm in this game because I love music and I would love to live comfortable doing it.
My city used to have problems with the separation between neighborhoods and city lines, but we seemed to have given that up a little. People from Downtown now party in North Charleston and vice versa, we have a good time, but nobody is making any money. Nobody promotes to the consumer they all promote to the artist. So when the show starts and it's a room full of artist there is no growth. Artist are just waiting on their turn and they leave afterwards. Everyone is screaming go out of town, go out of town. Sure we do that and it's ALWAYS fun when we do, but wouldn't it be good to get that "out of town" love from home?
This isn't an article to bad mouth my city and say we will never make it, it's just to present the question in a written format to the people. I believe we have the talent, but this "I'm number one mentality" is killing us. It's all good to be number one in your mind, but you have to recognize that you wont be number one in everyone's mind. Just because your hood says your the man or your mom doesn't mean that the rest of the city feels the same. So when you step out you have to humble yourself to be around other cocky individuals like yourself. You can't attack people and expect them to support you. Hopefully sometime soon we will see this talent exposed to the world, but first we have to accept the talent ourselves without hating on someone because they don't sound like you!
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