ashturbate said: My obsession with knowing about rap (genesis to infinity, bc rap'll never end, will it?) and desire to write about it is consistently trampled on by the banality of rap media. I'm very early in my "career" and I'm interning at one of the big publications (read: one of the shitty ones) bc I feel like it's the only way to make $ doing what I care about. How did you keep your soul alive when you were starting out?
You have it backwards. People don’t give you money to do what you care about, they give you money to get you to do what they care about. And usually what they care about is generating more money. Or brand/social clout which is the new and more useless form of money. Either way writing about rap music - or at least writing well about rap music, which is what I think you’re asking about here - is not the most bankable pursuit these days. Yes some Mountain Dew fronted content farm will always be around to give you a little bit of money for a lot of writing but this won’t ever add up to enough to actually constitute a career or even a “career.” (It was never that for me. I kept my soul alive by juggling a bunch of dumb side hustles which allowed me to only take on the work that I cared about and more importantly gave me the option of not taking on any work during the stretches when I stopped caring completely.)
So really it’s a question of what your goals are: If you aspire to have a career in the media then put your head down at your internship and make sure to not fuck up the Chipotle order. If you’re lucky they will eventually offer you a full time paid position and you can continue to not fuck up the Chipotle order every day until your soul dies and the sun burns out. If you want to be a good, caring writer who knows things about rap then just find some time to listen and think and read good writing and write bad writing until you can write good writing. And if you’re lucky someone will pay you for that writing sometimes.
Most people in the world don’t care about anything. Most of the few people who do care about things will never be paid to enjoy those things.
Damn![/Ron Simmons voice]I would have linked up these pieces from the moment they got published but I’ve been hella busy/frantic/transcribing as of late. Anyhoo, I wrote a bunch of stuff over the past couple of weeks and I’d appreciate you checking it out and spreading it around the Internet so I can awkwardly jam comparisons between disparate artistic aesthetics and make clumsy wrestling references until the end of time.