If you’re an artist in the music industry, the sad reality is that you will fall victim to someone doing bad business. It happens to everyone, from amateurs to seasoned vets. Quinelle Holder of Medium PR Agency recently linked with HipHopDX and shared 5 pieces of advice for artists to take so they can avoid falling victims to those that do bad business. Here’s a sample…

Understand What You’re Paying For

“Something that’s crazy is this idea that you get a verse from someone and now it’s yours,” says Q. “No, no, no. That is promotional use only … you could put it out there for free, but the moment that you cross the line and you try to upload it to your iTunes you’ll get shut down.”

As Q explains, it’s important to understand what you’re paying for, and the limitations that come with that deal. Is that beat exclusive or leased? Can this verse be released on a commercial effort? These things need to be hashed out and signed off on before money changes hands.

“If the artist didn’t sign something for you saying that they’re able to use the verse in a situation where you can sell it and can profit off of it, then you’re not in a position where you can legally do that,” Q states bluntly. “This is stuff that nobody tells you, though”

For the full list of jewels dropped by Quinelle, make sure you check out the full list at HipHopDX: http://hiphopdx.com/editorials/id.3846/title.dear-new-rappers-here-are-5-jewels-to-avoid-getting-crewed-in-2017#