One of the most challenging jobs in hip hop is being a producer, but it’s no easy feat.
The pay gap is wide.
The average hip hop producer in the United States makes $50,000 to $60,000 per year.
According to data from the Recording Industry Association of America, that number drops to $18,000 for the top 20 percent of producers.
If you’re a top-earning producer, you’ll make around $35,000, and that’s on top of all the other jobs you have to juggle.
“You’ll be making a living as a producer,” says Adam Lippman, founder of the hip-hop podcast, The Hip Hop Podcast.
“And you’re not getting paid for that.”
Lippmans podcast focuses on the rise and fall of the rap industry.
In 2015, he started The Hip-Hop Podcast to share his perspective on hip-hopping and the music business.
Today, it has more than 500,000 subscribers and is ranked No. 1 on iTunes.
Hip-hop producers often have to negotiate with labels, distributors and labels to get their music out to the masses.
It can be difficult to find a record label, but some are willing to pay for it.
For some producers, this means negotiating with a label that has a history of producing artists, like Run-DMC.
“It’s been a very tough year, but I’m optimistic that we’ll be able to continue to grow and create a healthy ecosystem for hip hop artists,” Lipps says.
Lipp said he didn’t feel like he was being paid much for his work, even though he was working a lot.
“I was getting paid less for every song I produced than I was for my production work,” he says.
The reality is that hip-hip producers are often paid less than a producer who is producing a track for a major label.
“We have a very low-wage industry, and it’s been that way for years,” says Mike Capps, who co-hosts the Hip Hop Show podcast and is also the CEO of the Independent Label Council.
In 2014, he co-founded the Independent label council.
Capps says hip-hops are not always getting the credit they deserve.
He said it was only in the last five years that hip hop became a household name.
“The label has been very successful in producing artists,” Capps said.
Hip-hoppers also face the threat of being labeled a criminal. “
A lot of hip hop producers just make music for the money, and I’m not saying it’s bad, but we need to be getting paid more for it.”
Hip-hoppers also face the threat of being labeled a criminal.
In 2010, hip-hosers in the U.S. were convicted of stealing from the recording industry by participating in a sting operation called Operation Cash Flow.
The music industry paid them $15,000.
The federal government and the Recording Producers Guild of America both sued the rappers, arguing that the rap and hip-Hop industry is the only one in the country that doesn’t pay their employees.
“There is a real fear that we’re going to be charged as felons and have to spend years behind bars,” Lips says.
That’s not going to happen, Lipp says.
Hip hop producers are typically paid more than other musicians.
Some people make as little as $15 an hour, while others make as much as $50 an hour.
There are also perks like access to exclusive studios and the ability to make more money.
“One of the biggest things that’s going to keep me in the business is the support I get from the fans and the label,” Littman says.
“When you’re in the middle of a contract with the label and you’re struggling to make money, I can tell you that you’re going through a really difficult time.
And you’re the best person to help you out.
I think there’s a lot of people out there who really want to help.”
Capps agrees that hiphop is still a hard-working industry, but he says it’s not easy.
“People in the industry, especially younger people, they’re really looking for a way out,” Cabs says.
Capp says it can be hard to find new work in hip- hop.
“With this new wave of talent coming into the industry in a way that I never expected, the music industry has been incredibly hard to work for,” he said.
Hip Hop is booming in the Midwest.
It’s still the top source of income for the industry.
According a report by the National Association of Independent Businesses, there are more than 2.4 million hip hop production jobs in the US, with 1.3 million of those jobs in New York City.
Hip Hoppers also enjoy the benefits of being in the top 10 percent of music