I think this is the song that’s going to get Elle Teresa’s name out further in the states. This song bangs and sounds like the perfect blend of Japanese & American Sugar Trap…
This article is NOT for everyone trying to grow an Instagram account.
– If you are someone trying to grow an Instagram account for your modeling or you want to create and grow a model promo page, this article is for you!
– If you have a premium Snapchat, Onlyfans account, Manyvids account, etc., this article is for you!
Who am I and why am I writing this?
Currently I run 3 Instagram accounts, 1 focused on Hip Hop [@curatedflame] which has a small but strong fanbase of 1500 followers, another focused on Hip Hop and Instagram models which has 154K followers [@dopedealertv], and a secret back up account focused on Instagram models that I started little over a month ago that has 5.3k+.
When I say Instagram models, I mean, women whose actual professions run a range from model, exotic dancer, musician, adult film actress, and more. They are using Instagram as a tool to gain a paying fanbase and I get contacted by more and more daily looking to grow an account. I also get contacted by other model promo pages that want to grow as well. To both of these categories I end up giving them a lot of the same info so I decided to put it into this article, I hope it helps you.
One of the biggest questions I get asked is “what kind of content should I be creating / posting?” Some of you reading this will think this is an obvious answer but for others it isn’t. So here’s what I tell everyone who asks me;
You are the content. Get creative but also know sometimes even a simple video, such as you walking, can get tens of thousands of views and hundreds of reposts.
Cover Photo and Wow Factor
The cover photo for your IG videos is so important but so many overlook this! And when you run an account like I do that has over 150k followers, I see the difference a cover photo makes. When I post a video I make sure to find the very best cover photo possible because when it’s a boring cover or something that doesn’t have a wow factor, then the views are going to be low even when you have a lot of followers. Even though I have over 150k followers on @dopedealertv I still have videos that only get a couple thousand views but when the cover photo is just right, the views can rack up to well over 100k+ views.
For example look at the picture below, that is a screenshot of the cover photo Instagram automatically selected for me when I was creating a post.
I could have just used the image above as the cover photo but after scrolling through the video I settled on the following image as the cover photo;
You can see that between the two options the second image has more of a “wow factor” and I know this because the video would end up earning me 1,919 followers;
and it has 351k+ views on IG as of this writing.
Public vs Private
There are many ways to grow an Instagram but the main way everyone tries to grow an Instagram is through hashtags and yeah that is the simplest way, but because it is the easiest, it has all the competition. I will admit that with my main account, I have implored a strategy of mainly using hashtags and keeping the account public which has grown it to 154.8k followers.
However, I must stress that with a public account I have had to use a continuously changing stream of hashtags amongst a couple other things to keep growing. But for the hashtag strategy, I have had to post multiple videos and pictures daily, for close to 6 months, using tons of hashtags. I have had to do serious research to find the right hashtags and after hundreds of hours of various related work, it has gained me about 30k followers. This is good and I recommend utilizing a public page that uses hashtags only when you get over at least 25 – 50k followers. When you have a large following and you use hashtags at least in my case they rank higher than when I post with hashtags on an account with a smaller following.
So if you don’t already have your account on private, do it now. The reason you do that is when someone wants to follow you they have to request and wait for you to accept. When you are doing this do not accept your requests immediately, only accept them when you have stacked up a couple hundred followers at a time.
Once you have your account on private proceed to the next step.
This part of the strategy I learned during a discussion with a girl I was doing promo for on IG. She told me that in the one year she has had her account, of 11k followers, she grew it by using Tinder and from one promo post before she came to me. This intrigued me and I asked her more and from that conversation, I began experimenting and it boils down to simply this;
- Create a tinder account if you don’t already have one. Like now, immediately. I can’t believe it took me this long to realize how useful of tool Tinder can be.
- Sign up for tinder+ that way you can switch locations.
In your bio DO NOT promote your premium, onlyfans, or manyvids, and don’t put your cashapp name.
- Add 3 or more photos. In your bio put something simple and then put your Instagram account, something like “ayeee not on this much, add me on IG _______”.
- Come up with a list of 3 different cities that you want to grow a following in. Once you have done this I recommend that you create a consistent-ish pattern of switching your location between those 3 cities. But do not do this frequently as to the point that tinders algorithm would notice, you don’t want to get banned. I don’t know if this is a possibility but I have to assume that it might be.
With this part of the strategy, I get 25+ new follower requests a day.
The Instagram story is simply one of the best tools I have seen for growing a following. Every day on DopeDealerTV I post videos or pictures on the Instagram story and for each video or picture, I tag an account. Usually, its someone who sent it to me and purchased a promo or someone I work with on a regular basis who does some promo for me but every now and then I slip in a tag for a backup account of mine. I started doing the last part because of all the people asking for shoutouts and I really wanted to gauge the real strength of this tactic. So I created a backup account and began shouting out that backup account, I eventually grew that backup account to 21k followers and then sold it.
This is the most basic part of the strategy and how you tackle it, is up to you. You can find similar accounts that are of the same size following as you which will help you stack up a couple followers here and there. But a less time-intensive way is by paying for shoutouts from bigger accounts similar to you or you can reach out to bigger account.
For example, with the DDTV account, my IG story posts can get up to 4k views in 24 hours. When I post a models video or picture, she can expect to get anywhere from 200 to 800+ profile clicks in a 24 hour period. If she has her profile on private a good amount of those profile clicks convert to followers.
That’s all the advice I got:)
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Recently I have been doing a lot of research into streaming and the royalties/earnings it can generate for musicians. One of the reasons being is because I myself own the rights to a buzzing hit on the underground / internet hip hop scene. Using distrokid I have gained first hand access to information such as what the two major giants are currently paying per stream, on average Spotify is paying $.0030734967 per stream and Apple Music is paying $.0068986784 per stream.
Knowing this information and doing the math at how many streams it would take for the song I own to make me serious money I started wondering what artists like Drake are making from streaming. I know I am not the only one wondering this so that is why I made this article!
Key Drake streaming stats:
- First artist to hit 50 Billion streams.
- Drake has at least 10 Billion streams on Apple Music.
- Drake has at least 13 Billion streams on Spotify.
What are these stats worth?
All the different streaming sites have different royalty rates that have changed over the years and for the most part they have gone down instead of up. At the same time streaming rates have been going down, in contrast, Drake’s popularity has been increasing, so I believe using the current rates I have been seeing on my distrokid account will be a fair average for Spotify ($.00307) and Apple ($.0068). For the other streaming sites that account for the other 27 Billion streams that Drake’s music has generated, I will use the rough average of .005 that other music analysts use. Now that we have the rates lets answer how much money has Drake’s music been generating?
- Drake has at least 10 Billion streams on Apple Music; which would generate $68.986784 million in earnings.
- I was curious how much this meant Apple Music was paying out to Drake and his various labels a day. So I looked it up and found that the Apple Music app was officially released June 30, 2015 and they announced that Drake had been the first artist on their platform to hit 10 billion streams on July 19th, 2018. That means it took Drake 1115 days, to hit 10 billion plays! $68.98674 million divided by 1115 days equals on average, earnings of $61, 871.51 a day!
- Drake’s 13 Billion streams on Spotify, using the current rate of $.0030734967 per stream, should have generated at least $39.9554571 million.
- Drakes first album was released June 15th, 2010 and the article stating he had at least 13 billion plays came out August 8, 2018. Thats 2,976 days to accumulate 13 billion plays / $39.9 million, which basically means Spotify is paying the Drake empire roughly $13, 425.89 a day.
Other streaming sites:
- The article I read about Drake being the first artist to accumulate 50 billion streams was published on August 8, 2018. As the article states, 27 billion of these streams came from other sites besides Spotify and Apple Music. Well there are over 100 streaming sites and they all have different royalty rates but an industry average when doing calculations like this for earnings, is $.005. Which means those 27 billion plays should have generated roughly $135 million!!!
- Using the same length of time that we did for Spotify, which was 2976 days since Drake dropped Thank Me Later. That’s $135 million divided by 2976 which equals out to $45, 362.90 a day!
- Drakes music generates around $120, 660.3 A DAY! That’s over $5,000 an hour!
- Drakes music has generated roughly $243.9 million in total streaming royalties from June 15, 2010 to August 8, 2018. I was curious so I looked it up and saw that it has been 69 days since the publishing/release of the announcement that he hit 50 billion plays. So I took the average amount his music is earning a day ($120,660.3) and multiplied it by 69 which equals out to $8,325,560.7. This means Drake’s music has generated over $250 million in total streaming earnings!
I know a bunch of people are going to read this and be like “damn, Drake made a quarter billion off streaming! He’s making over $100k a day from streaming!” But no that really isn’t the case. That $250 million is being split up a whole bunch of ways;
- Universal Republic gets a 25% distribution fee.
- Aspire Music Group, Young Money, and Cash Money records all get a piece.
- Featured artists
Thats up to 8 different ways (including all labels) that the money is being split BEFORE taxes but at the end of the Drake is still making a huge amount of money from streaming daily. In general the point of this whole article is to show producers and rappers the power of streaming. Yes, you most likely won’t ever hit 50 billion streams but I know of plenty of quote on quote nobodies who have millions and/or tens of millions of streams and the whole point I am trying to make is that it stacks up.
Sidenote: I read an article recently about how Sting makes $2,000 a day from the song “I’ll be missing you” over 30 years after its release. Can you imagine how much “Drake” will be pulling in 30 years from now?
Previously I wrote an article called “3 strippers turned rappers not named Cardi B” that has gotten a steady stream of views daily since I posted it. Since the writing of that article I have come across a handful of other strippers and Instagram models who are attempting to turn an online following into a music fanbase, with varying degrees of success. Below you can find four of the more successful, interesting, or entertaining, ones that I think need to be showcased.
Curly Redd is an exotic dancer from Florida who has been making a name for herself on Instagram posting some of the craziest twerk videos and videos of herself at different events. She has grown her following to 219K followers and has branched out into other categories such as appearing in videos with instagram comedians like @tpindell and into the music category with her first official video release “Only Up From Here”.
MikeilaJ is an instagram model / twerker who I have posted before on my IG account DopeDealerTV and she has a healthy following of 88.9k on IG currently. One thing that I have noticed she is doing is creating a little buzz for herself by posting videos like this;
Now you might be saying, “aight so what, whats different from her doing that” well her song is playing in the background and if you look at the comments you will see people asking, “what song is that?” and how she responds saying she hasn’t actually released it yet. It comes out, October 21st actually.
Update: Mikeilaj’s first official video is out now.
Baby Doll Forbes is an instagram model and brand ambassador with a following of over 463K on instagram. I have followed her for awhile on multiple accounts I run and have never seen anything that would have led me to believe she was trying to be a rapper BUT lo and behold a couple of days ago, I am scrolling and I see this freestyle video from her;
Ty.ni is an exotic dancer and “published urban model” who has over 227k+ followers on Instagram where she mainly posts videos of herself twerking or dancing at the club. She currently has only one song out that I know of.
Gutta100 is an artist from the ever so populated with talent, Florida, who recently began creating a buzz due to his initial release “Why They Mad” .
He’s still a far way from blowing up but I think it might happen now sooner then later due to his visuals and track “Hockey”.
Obviously it isn’t reinventing the wheel, but I found myself amused at several lyrical quips throughout the song. Honestly I see this dude going somewhere I really fxcking do.
Sidenote – I feel like Gutta100 definitely missed out on using the following lyric that I came up with after hearing the song first time, “Who you calling commercial? Bxtch I aint no geico”.
In case you missed it, Ilovemakonnen posted on his IG letting producers know the email for beat submissions. I took a screenshot and posted it on the curatedflame IG and on the curatedflame IG story but just in case you missed it, I created this post.
So if your a producer who thinks they got the fire, send him beats asap. I needs all the new music from makonnen I can get.
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I have been obsessed with the rapper Lil Toe since I first discovered him in early 2017 and he’s probably one of the artists I have written about the most on this site. In fact I just checked and there are at least 14 articles that are expressly about him on this site.
I’m also definitely dressing up as him for halloween this year, so yeah definitely a stan with Lil Toe. However just like I am a stan with Eminem, Boosie, Young Buck, and Ilovemakonnen, that doesn’t mean I can’t tell when one of these artists releases something that’s weak or I simply don’t like. So with some of toe’s more recent tracks, admittedly, I haven’t been feeling them. Song’s like “Dick on fleek” or “Side bitch song” haven’t really struck a chord with me but that’s changed with his newest track and visuals “Search Me Up”.
Lil Toe is at his best in search me up so if you haven’t given this artist a chance yet, you need to do so now!
Major replay value for me, and hopefully for you to.
Also sidenote, look at the cover photo above for the video and tell me that doesn’t look exactly like Kid Trunks with a ski mask on.
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Aight so I am back in full swing. If you haven’t read any of the previous articles where I talked about my absence or seen on the CuratedFlame instagram, I was away for a month and a half, 2 months, working on a tv show shooting in my city. But the job is winding down until it eventually stops in November, so I am back to focusing heavily on CuratedFlame.
This article is really just a round up of music videos that I think are worthy of checking out and I think you might end up finding a few gems for your catalog. I will try to drop more articles like this when I have a whole bunch of new music to show you.
Artist: Hobo Johnson Song: Father
Thoughts: Hobo Johnson is an artist I wrote about before when he first came to my attention when his song “Peach Scones” started making a buzz and I immediately started fxcking with his music. Due to his style he’s one of those artists who not every song they drop is going to be a banger to you so I only currently have a handful of tracks that I listen to by him, like “Peach Scone”, “Demarcus Cousins & Ashley”, and “Before Kill The Internet”.
But now he’s got a new banger called “Father” which is classic Hobo Johnson, slice of life paint a picture of various scattered topics composed of lyrics spoken over a musical backing that seems like it could have been a score for any Wes Anderson or Diablo Cody film.
Artist: Lil Dusty G Song: “Dead End”
Thoughts: Lil Dusty G is another artist that I wrote about earlier this year, just like Hobo Johnson, in fact I wrote about him about a month earlier then Hobo. First time I saw his music, I knew he was going to go far even if I wasn’t messing with it to hard. But with this track, I have probably listened to this song 1 to 3 times a day since it was released a month ago, and my only gripe is that it isn’t longer.
Artist: Big Baby Scumbag Song: Victoria Secret
Thoughts: This just looks like it was a fun video to make. Also I think Big Baby Scumbag must be signed to Awful Records now? or apart of that collective cause this video was released through them. So if he is signed to them now, then congrats on that bro.
Artist: Jack Karowak Song: Traveler
Thoughts: good stoner, college rap, vibes and lyrics but damn that is not a rap moniker I agree with.
Aritst: Clairo Song: “Better”
Thoughts: I been telling the hip hop world about Clairo. The following video for her has been on my playlist for the last month or so and I don’t see that ending anytime soon.
Artist: Anxiety Attacks Song: GPS
Thoughts: I actually don’t like this next song, I just want to point out that this dude’s rap name is “Anxiety Attacks” lol props for creativity. Thats in the same realm as “Wifisfuneral” and “ITSOKAYTOCRY”.
Alamo Records artist “Lil Gotit” is a rapper I just only now heard of but he seems like he has the potential to raise his profile up and become a bigger name. Sonically the track his dope and definitely sounds like thugga man himself made this track which depending on your opinions can be good and bad.
Here’s the thing when the video starts and Gotit begins your immediately drawn in however the second he got to saying “YSL”, it was cemented for me that he is a huge Young Thug fan. Which doesn’t stop me from appreciating the song however it’s just if you were already wondering if the dude is influenced by Young Thug, you don’t have to ask yourself anymore after that.
Overall the song is dope and has replay value and will keep me clicking his videos whenever I see them pop up.
*If your wondering who the guy prominently featured throughout the video sitting next to Lil Gotit is, its Hoodrich Pablo Juan, another artist on the Alamo Records label and someone whose had a name buzzing online and in the streets for yeaaars.