Back in 2012 when I started this blog one of my first post was on how to make money as an MC. The info in the article was straight from my own experiences as an underground MC/Promoter. As the landscape continues to change I feel its time we revisit this topic and add a little more flair and new strategies!!!!
HOW TO MAKE MONEY AS AN MC “MERCHANDISE”
The best way to make extra money is the old fashioned way, “Sell T-SHIRTS!” Many artists under and above ground forget that selling tees are not only the easiest way to make quick cash (faster than CDs) but the best way to promote your brand. Battle rappers are great at this cause they’ll use a slogan of theirs, something they say in every battle, put it on a shirt and sell them online and at their battles. Some take it further as the inventory of merch options increases and even make “boyshorts” for girls with their slogans. Industry pioneer Marc Ecko said Kanye West’s biggest down fall in his climb to fashion heights is his lack of respect for the power of the independent “T-SHIRT” Today you can sell more than tees! Trucker hats, jerseys, hoodies, jackets, etc.; and the best part is nowadays you don’t have to order in bulk, you can create your design and custees can buy straight off the net.