FSD Feature: How NOT To Get On Fake Shore Drive

| November 28, 2012 | 44 Comments

Quality Over Quantity

If it looks like your 6-year-old sister did the graphic design for your “project”, quit. At life. Submission after submission of mixtape covers and single artwork made on Microsoft Paint would get you tired, too. And for the love of God, make sure your name, song and any other important info are spelled CORRECTLY. Please know that presentation and packaging is everything. Spend that bread to get your cover art professionally done. The same way you invest in yourself image-wise (hopefully) is how you should invest in yourself as an artist if you want to be taken seriously. Mix AND master your songs. And, rap well, for Christ’s sake. Or at least have a gimmick that we can follow along with.

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  1. Kween K says:

    Very dope and entertaining read… PREACH! lol.

  2. PinqyRing says:

    Lol! Thanks, Kween. Chuuuuuch. ;)

    • BlackMan says:

      FSD not EVEN cracking like that for this to even be a damn post, I’m not a rapper or singer but I know yall don’t get that much traffic thru this mf to act like yall that damn official to post do’s and dont’s, chill tf out, yall cool, but not that, and not yet. Yall only tagg on to niggas yall think gotta buzz in the city already, goofies,

      • PinqyRing says:

        You mad, bro? You mad.

      • Pelon` says:

        u exactly right.. I only come on here for a couple of artists new features.. like twista or do or die.. traxster.. etc.. all these other cats.. this drill bullshit.. is hot garbage.. FSD (Drew) is thirsty as fuck & willin to hop on any bandwagon .. thats exactly what chi-town music isnt.. & never was…

      • token says:

        Well, this rule just got broken TODAY..sans “Christmas Trees”. There should be a post labeled, “How to NOT get raped by a blogsite that gets advertisement dollars, off of YOUR hard work and published content w/o paying the artist”

  3. Hilarious and very informative!! It’s crazy because the main people U are talking to who do this…def will not understand where ur coming from!! As a blogger I felt like u were taking some of the words right out my mouth!! Entertaining read! Good job!

  4. OhShit says:

    I didn’t even bother reading it but I am sure it basically means……DON’T BE THIRSTY.

  5. Jason says:

    i always wondered how ppl got their songs played and posted but never been thirsty….but good read!!! amen!!!!

  6. kylef says:

    The title of this post should be “Alleged Internet Marketing Expert Leaves Post Category Blank”.

  7. DMenz says:

    This is pretty cool article most of it is common sense but like they say in this day and age common sense isn’t so common. I’m going to have to look over my manager’s emails but I don’t believe I fall into any of those categories. However, there is no bad blood I believe it’s preference. People need to stop think everything starts and ends here why get upset with Andrew, it’s so many other ways to get your music heard. Complex, Thisis50, DjVlad, and etc. Nevertheless, like you said it’s about networking the proper way.

  8. Professor Pickle says:

    I think Fakeshoredrive merits such a post. Source magazine recently gave FSD #21 on the digital power list. You can see it here. http://www.thesource.com/albums/view/1554/100794

    So I’m sure the traffic going through the site is pretty nice.

    Y’all didn’t mention promoting your album in the comments section of blogs so…

    Professor Pickle’s “I GOT THAT PICKLE JUICE!”
    Coming Soon!

  9. Chiyatollah says:

    An entertainingly enlightening read. I can say I at one point (eons ago,of course) have been guilty of attacking FSD on Twitter with the “Please Listen to My Demo” emoticon face LOL. But again, that was eons ago. And again, entertainingly enlightening read.

    -Chi

  10. SINITUPMUSIK4LIFE says:

    Andrew barber makes me sick….this blog makes me sick…the music on this blog makes me sick…..this blog is the farest thing from Chicago rap as you get…barber die slow!!!! no1 wants there shit on this site anyways…go post another Cheif keef track and stfu loser!!!!

  11. chitownofficial says:

    So not only does fsd turn its back on Chicago underground but they also have the audacity to call them thirsty as well.. wow what a slap in the face if u ask me.. this site is driven by greed n ego.. desperate attempts to get friends n associates “put on” while paying no attention to the raw talent Chicago holds.. what an insult.. keep posting your lil lame artists that even with all the fake hype will never get put on.. when my cuzzo gets out.. you know very well who he is ..there’ s gonna be a full scale war unleashed.. & Fuck all the thirsty artists that are willing to sell their souls for a lil spotlight.. a lot of my favorite artists no longer have my support..

  12. L's says:

    Very informative

    but why are people hating? its an editorial that was meant to actually help you get a better chance of getting on the site, shit if you’re really that “MAD” go to a different site”shit you’d prolly be happier on that piece of shit real shore drive”. but stop hating on andrew barber and FSD they post what they like because they own the site! they pay the fees to have a website so let them do what they want. the people hating sound like angry rappers who stuck in they momma basement

    • DMenz says:

      I understand both sides of the coin thats why I’m bias on this. It’s there blog so they can post what they want but they can’t claim they’re putting the city on if its really being posted based of which clique your affliated with. If your not an artist or producer you wouldn’t understand how hard it is to get exposure with all the politics involved. Your probably grinding your heart out to get out of your mama basement and being told no because you don’t fall under a certain clique. On the flipside their isn’t an obligation to post your music either but taking a quote from Spiderman lol “With great power comes great responsibility.” Good day all

      • L's says:

        I know how it feels im a artist too i just cant get mad at somebody who is saying that they’re tired of being harassed on social networks, and at parties and i cant get mad that they just want people to come with quality work. I hear what you mean with “both sides of the coin” I just really feel what like they’re giving you all the info you need so why be mad?

      • DMenz says:

        Well because the “Tails side of the coin” (The Artist)are getting offended because FSD is saying they’re not posting they’re material due to quality when really thats not the problem. FSD and every other blog post a lot of stuff due to “relationships.” It’s nothing wrong with that because thats how you keep your business afloat but it’s nothing too good about it either. For example, how can you tell somebody your not going to post they’re music due to qualtiy when your posting trash because it’s Lil Reese nephew? Lmao I understand the harassing part though that shit is just creepy lol. But what credentials does he have to say what is quality or not so really it’s not about quality it’s about preference and relationships. I’m sure FSD can’t tell you whats sonically correct from an engineer standpoint or a hit from an AnR perspective. Also on your Social Networks comment, twitter is designed for interaction so if he doesn’t want to get his tl flooded delete your account that comes with the social networking territory.

  13. Lil B says:

    FSD cut da shits yall dont listen to da music yall post….u mean to tell me Bo Deal makes good music FUCK OUTTA HEAR. Yall a dick riding site on da g

    • killaroni says:

      LOL yo ass is crazy joe

    • tremayne says:

      lmao he aint neva lyin, that GBE dick ridin ass Bo-Deal only get posted because he a part of BSM and nothin else, he fucks up every song he hops on, Keef and Waka even tried to boost his buzz up with the track “Murder” and he fucked that up, OMG i rather listen to foam rubbed together out of the box, but hey this is Andrews site and like my mom always said “u cant tell nobody how to run they own shit” just sayin though

  14. Lil B says:

    Half da time yall puttin up d.rose commercials and shit lmao…..yall will put up a video of keef buyin a fuckin car before yall post a hot song from a rapper yall never heard of. Half u bitches dat work for FSD prolly not even from da GO! I know Andrew Barber aint fuck yall Im glad da name of dis shit is FAKE shore drive!!! Dis chicago bitches home of da street life in America you shoulda at least let a real nigga write dis article so it dont sound like a gay ass fb or twitter status lmao….but good shit FSD everybody in chicago worship yall hahahaha

  15. I JUST SENT SUM MUSIC TO FSD THE DAY BEFORE THEY POSTED THIS SHIT.. AND I WAS A LIL OFFENDED EVEN KNOW I KNOW THEY CANT B TALKIN BOUT ME.. BUT THIS IS STUPID… ANDREW BARBER NEED HIS ASS WHOOP… IF I C HIM IMMA DO IT MY SELF RNS….. U WOULD THINK A SITE ABOUT YOUR CITY WOULD FOCUS ON ARTIST WHO REALLY ARE GRINDIN ,, BUT THEY RATHER NOT AND FOCUS ON CHEIF KEEF AND THIS DRILL MUSIC B.S. THIS SITE WAS KNOWN FOR REAL RAP NOW THEY ABUNCH OF DICK RIDER’S MY BOY MIXTAPE WENT NUMBER 8 ON DAT PIF AND HE AINT EVEN GOT IT ON HERE ANDREW BARBER GOT AN FACE BEATIN COMING.. DONT GET CAUGHT UP NORTH OUT SOUTH OR OUT WEST.. TIRED OF THIS SHIT..

    • Pelon` says:

      its not mostly on Drew.. he just sucks the dicks of these featured rappers on here.. he caters to everything they say.. he’s a spineless bitch.. its mainly these other no talent ass bullshit rappers that dont want other really raw ass cats from gettin any shine.. they a bunch of greedy thirsty ass niggas.. real talk

    • token says:

      Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu…….
      Aint
      Finna
      Do
      SHIT…this post is the reason a cool ass white guy can just…TALK SHIT lol and post what he wants. Take that ignorant shit elsewhere and just drop some hot shit. One thing I know, is after that relationship shit, if you doin your thing, and you get out, and shake hands and actually have a good product, Andrew WILL post your shit..its funny cause he just low key STILL posted the wack shit he was just shittin on. I dont like the practices at all but Drew is alright. This corporate shit aint for slowpokes

  16. 2414 says:

    I think after reading this article u should write another giving MORE pointers & tips on how a artist should go about submitting & going about buisness bc at the end of the day it may seem cool to use them for laughs & to make a mockery of u should also understand alot of artist don’t know any better or haven’t been properly informed or educated on how to go about things, the only thing some are going off of is a dream & alot of ambition. U cant always blame someone for being ignorant towards things bc know one was born knowing everything, especially when it ccome to the music business & I mean the term ignorant by just that….not knowing so being that u guys do have some type of clout instead of just dwelling mostly on the negative aspect balance it out & write a article that the artist who dont know can actually learn more from so in return it will better them as artist & once that happens it will become a better look for the city as whole in general

  17. Jhon Dey says:

    Enjoy ur time now FSD, when your site starts becoming a deadbeat, which it will eventually will, (coz there is nothing special about it).. it’ll be fun to re read this post.. Dude that said he would beat your ass, should really do so.. so you know how to communicate better… you are obvioulsy not a journalist… its understandable that you get bombarded and it’s frustrating.. just say that… You werent posting chief keef till he was on the radio.. his folks call you out all the time on it… so save the quality /buzz talk… the art work u posted as an example to not copy, is quite similar to a lot of the shit on ur site.. so STFU… the reason u are poppin is the artists… YOU shouldnt burn your own bridges… The only reasons people get on FSD is through connections… everybody knows that… join a gang and threaten Andrew.. and u are good… come of the bullshit please…

  18. Angel says:

    I hate when blogs post this when they post the same shit (GBE, OTF, DRILL DRILL DRILL DRILL) Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over

  19. Gladystopia says:

    “…will increase magnanimously…”?

    *Inigo Montoya voice* I do not believe that word means what you think it means…

    “Magnitudinously” maybe?
    Former English teacher. Just sayin’.

  20. Post my joint Main Chick #1 on Goill Radio 5 weeks straight.

  21. Solid advice for artists wanting to submit their music to high traffic blogs, a lot of this shit should be common sense though.

  22. Pre Dolla says:

    Good post low key… Just opened my eyes to a few facts I was unaware of…

  23. Angel says:

    Must i repeat?

    I hate when blogs post this when they post the same shit (GBE, OTF, DRILL DRILL DRILL DRILL) Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over

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