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View Poll Results: Should I move to New York, Hollywood (LA), or remain in Chicago?
New York 3 15.00%
Hollywood(LA) 12 60.00%
Chicago 5 25.00%
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:13 AM
 
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Stay in Chicago and help your mother.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:06 AM
 
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Plus if you move to LA, you can write back to your buddies back in Chicago and gloat and stick it to them about having sunny skies and 80 degrees while they freeze their butts off back home, you know, like a typical Angeleno does
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:23 AM
 
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Plus if you move to LA, you can write back to your buddies back in Chicago and gloat and stick it to them about having sunny skies and 80 degrees while they freeze their butts off back home, you know, like a typical Angeleno does

haha I was just about to say this!
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:24 PM
 
Location: CITY OF ANGELS AND CONSTANT DANGER
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hollywood.
while NY is where hip hop originated, its not really where all the music studios are. for hip hop, atlanta would be a good spot, but they are tired of up norht rappers coming down. SF/bay area has a good hip hop scene.
but if you want to be smart about it, head to hollywood, try the school thing. if your rap career does not take off then look into the rest of the music industry in LA. the reality is that a lot of music studios are in LA. and if you dont work in the music industry you can work in the entertainment industry. but you will probably start at the bottom what ever you do. prepare to be homeless...
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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prepare to be homeless...
At least one can earn their proper "street cred" this way.
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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well one does not have to be homeless, but you will not be living like Diddy right off the bat, be ready to live off of ramen noodles, kraft mac and cheese and Taco Bell, rid yourself of as many "luxury" items as possible, if it comes down to cable tv or an internet connection, the internet connection is more valuable to your goals. sacrafice now, for possible payoffs down the road.

again best of luck to you, let us know what you decide.
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:43 PM
 
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If by chance you don't make it as a hip hop artiest, what is your plan B?

Why does your dad discourage you from becoming a hip hop star?
charles, you always ask about plan b, and the parents. i think its very sweet
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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get a college degree first !
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:50 AM
 
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wel, if your'e gonna be homeless, LA's the place to do it in, imagine being homeless in Chicago or New York in the winter, yowza!
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:51 PM
 
Location: the illegal immigrant state
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You say you're only 20 and your mother is sick and works part time. You're waiting on your GED results.

It's not like you've been in Chicago for that much of your adult life. IMO, you're not quite old enough to be tired enough of a big, dense, old and cosmopolitan city like Chicago to be dying to leave. The city probably has more to offer than you've tapped into.

It sounds like your mother needs help, so I would help her. What if these are some of her final years? I don't want to guilt you into being stuck where you want to be, but I think her circumstance warrants you staying where you are for at least another year or two.

If you do leave, realize that we're in the middle of a recession and getting any job in LA or NYC right now is going to be difficult. It might take a long time for you to get a service or other entry level job.

If your hair is on fire and you have to get out of Chicago ASAP, then go to NYC since you say your father can help you. You already have a winter wardrobe and you know how to live in that climate. NYC's music scene may not be as opportunity-rich as that of LA, but having your father's help with living expenses, IMO, for now would outweigh any advantage LA may offer in availability of opportunities.

Put it this way; you can move to one of the two most expensive cities in the U.S.; in one, you have no family or any assurance of help; in another, you have your father who has suggested he'll help you.

You could move to NYC for a few years and if that doesn't give you what you want, you can then move to LA, at which point you will have lived in two of the most desired cities in the USA, and all before you're 30. Many will never have lived in either city in their lifetime.

My suggestion:
Stay in Chicago, use your existing network of friends to get your self a job- any job. Start saving for a move within the next few years; promise yourself that if you save enough and make other provisions for moving within the next 2-3 years, you'll do so as a reward to yourself.

Spend some time with your mother and help her out- you may later be glad you did, whether she passes away due to illness or she doesn't pass away but you don't see her nearly as often after you do leave Chicago. You may be surprised how much you miss her; I have a friend who moved to San Jose from LA (yes, really) when he was your age and upon moving, he would often drive home on the weekends to see his mom.

Think creatively and openly of any outlets or other means in Chicago that you can use to start your hip hop career; who haven't you talked to already? What audience have you not tapped into? In what part of Chicago's larger metro area have you not tried to sell talents? Talk to friends and strangers to get some ideas- that won't cost you a dime. Take a risk with a producer, promoter or audience that you haven't already and see how you resonate with them.

Try to produce a demo tape to send out to LA and NYC. That would be a good way to probe those cities for any response, while you're still in Chicago, earning and saving $$$.

HTH.
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