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10 Blogs All Upcoming Hip Hop Artists Should Submit To

10 Blogs All Upcoming Hip Hop Artists Should Submit To

10 Blogs All Upcoming Hip Hop Artists Should Submit To

Written by Matt O @boardinogilvie

If you are an artist, I'm sure you are trying to get your music on blogs and hip hop websites. Getting a feature or interview with a top publication could put you in front of a brand new audience and help propel your career to the next level. Whether you submit your music to these blogs or use a PR agency, make sure you are professional and follow the submission directions. There are hundreds of blogs but only a select few that will give you the exposure you need. In order to get on these blogs you will most likely need to build a relationship with someone at the company or get referred from a friend. The music industry has always been about relationships and I don't think it's changing anytime soon so find a way to meet these people and connect with them on a personal level. I thought it would be helpful if I reached out to a few influencers to get their list of 10 blogs all upcoming artists should submit to. Please keep in mind that each of these blogs have their own style/sub-genre of Hip-Hop they post about so some might not be a good fit for you.

UPDATED LIST 7/14/16

Matt O @BoardinOgilvie
Founder of UpcomingHipHop.net

TeamBackPack www.teambackpack.net
Pigeons & Planes www.pigeonsandplanes.com
DJ Booth www.djbooth.net
Rhyme Junkie www.rhymejunkie.com
Good Music All Day www.goodmusicallday.com
HipHopDX www.hiphopdx.com
Indie Hip Hop www.indiehiphop.net
Underground Hip Hop Blog www.undergroundhiphopblog.com
Hip Hop Weekly www.hiphopweekly.com
Hip Hop Vibe www.hip-hopvibe.com


List from 11/3/2015

Richardine Bartee @THEYAMS
Writer at The Source

Pigeons & Planes www.pigeonsandplanes.com
2DopeBoyz www.2dopeboyz.com
illroots www.illroots.com
HipHopNMore www.hiphop-n-more.com
YouHeardThatNew www.youheardthatnew.com
OK-Tho www.ok-tho.com
HotNewHipHop www.hotnewhiphop.com
InFlexWeTrust www.inflexwetrust.com
Hot97 www.hot97.com
NahRight www.nahright.com

The Mave @CusMaven
Founder & CEO of TheRapfest.com

YouHeardThatNew www.youheardthatnew.com
Upcoming Hip Hop www.upcominghiphop.net
The Rapfest www.therapfest.com
Vlad TV www.vladtv.com
ThisIs50 www.thisis50.com
Real TalkNY www.realtalkny.uproxx.com
Dj Booth www.djbooth.net
InFlexWeTrust www.inflexwetrust.com
HipHopWired www.hiphopwired.com

Mike Trampe @MichaelJTrampe
CEO at MAAD Management, Founder of Hip Hop Bloggers United

Dj Booth www.djbooth.net
HipHopDX www.hiphopdx.com
NahRight www.nahright.com
2DopeBoyz www.2dopeboyz.com
Rap Radar www.rapradar.com
Sways Universe www.swaysuniverse.com
Rhyme Junkie www.rhymejunkie.com
The Source www.thesource.com
Free On Smash www.freeonsmash.com
Hip Hop Early www.hiphopearly.com

Scott Sheridan @MrScottSheridan
VP Business Development & Hospitality at Riveting Entertainment

Fakeshore Drive www.fakeshoredrive.com
HipHopDX www.hiphopdx.com
HotNewHipHop www.hotnewhiphop.com
Pitchfork www.pitchfork.com
2DopeBoyz www.2dopeboyz.com
Vibe www.vibe.com
Global Grind www.globalgrind.com
Worldstar Hip Hop www.worldstarhiphop.com
XXL www.xxlmag.com
Complex www.complex.com

Submitting music to blogs is crucial to getting heard by the masses. Whether you do it yourself, have your team do it, or hire someone to, these tips will help you along the way. We asked our favorite hip hop blog founders a few questions to help you (the artist and/or producer) get better insight how to properly submit music to a blog. Below the interview you will find our three DOs and DON’Ts when submitting music to blogs. Read our article 3 DOs and DON’Ts When Submitting Music to Blogs.

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4 comments

  1. Matt 6 November, 2015 at 07:15 Reply

    You guy’s never check your emails, this is a lie. You say “don’t tweet us (your music)”, what about someone else’s music? Some of you say “follow up” – lies. You don’t like to be spammed, but most of you have auto-responses listing prices…. I’ve been a fan of a dude who sings, and tried sending his music to these places repeatedly, and no response…. He gave up years ago (still puts out stuff though), but I have not… and if I had the money, I’d have no problem… but you people are impossible. You all preach “invest in yourself” – why do you preach this?… if blogs just admit they’re in it for money instead of putting on a facade, there’d be no issues. Tell me I’m wrong.

    • Matt O 6 November, 2015 at 08:01 Reply

      You are wrong. We at Upcoming Hip Hop have never received money to post anyone’s music. We are firmly against that and will never change. We have never listed prices for posts so I’m not sure where you saw that. Let me reassure you, we are not in it for the money (some blogs might be but not us). When people say “invest in yourself” you need to think of it as making yourself better in every aspect. If you invest in your craft and create higher quality music maybe more blogs might listen. We will admit that we are pretty behind on reviewing our submissions but are trying to catch up this month. We get a lot and we look at 100% of them. Please don’t bring this nonsense to our blog where we actually do this for the love not the money.

  2. Karl Max 22 May, 2017 at 06:21 Reply

    Thanks for this list guys, it’s really useful. Do you guys have any other resources? I’ve been meaning to read more about Hip-Hop Marketing. Cheers!

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