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Fame doesn’t come with a price. For you to get to the line, you need to have the heart and mentality to cross it. Discipline, dedication, and determination are what it take to make it. But with fame comes great responsibilities too, how well are you going to make use of it? Here are 5 awesome musicians you should listen to, to get inspiration to apply the same discipline, dedication, and determination to pursue your own art:

Post Malone

Post Malone got his fame first as a gamer on Youtube. Not everybody knows the sacrifice he made in order to make his music career. He left his family home in order to move to California and slept in a closet to give way to his music studio in his room. He self-produced his first single, “White Iverson”, forcing himself to learn how to make his own beats and music. His music might be tagged under #hiphop but in actuality it is a mixed genre that includes rock, blues and R&B. He raps about the usual theme of money, bling and success, but give it a twist with the horrible truth that happens to musicians and ballers when they become famous, they also become broke.  

Ruby Ibarra

Ruby Ibarra is a Filipino US-based rapper and spoken word artist who is famous for her #woke lyrics that talks about the immigrant life, discrimination and Philippine politics. Her family moved to California as immigrants. As a young child, at night before bed, she would hide under the blanket with a flashlight with her and read the Thesaurus and Dictionary. If she’s not practicing with a microphone on hand, you would see her mouthing her lyrics while waiting for her flight or while she’s backstage waiting for her turn on the stage. She’s also a chemist. She balances work, rap and touring the US. You can check her latest music video, Taking Names, here.

Anderson.Paak

Anderson.Paak has been in the music business for a while. He is a songwriter and music producer known for helping out the likes of Dr. Dre and Watsky. His childhood was not a breeze, he had an abusive father to his mother which led to his father being in prison. He married his second wife who is of South Korean descent and ended up being homeless with their infant son. He almost gave up his music career, but he knew that it was what he was meant to do. In October 2014, he released his debut album, Venice. He then worked and performed in Dr. Dre’s album, Compton, where he was noticed for his vocal and performance energy. In 2016, he released his album, Malibu that garnered him a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

Tank and the Bangas

Tank and the Bangas is a spoken word and musical group lead by vocalist and poet, Tarriona “Tank” Ball. As a group, they forced themselves to live together in one house in order to familiarize themselves with each other. It was important for them to find their rhythm together. They won the 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Contest. They are also considered as a local hero in New Orleans, Louisiana because they inspired the people to rise up despite the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Chance the Rapper

In school, Chance was ridiculed by his teachers when he shared to them his plans of having a music career. When he was suspended in school in 2011, he started recording his first mixtape titled, #10Day. A year after he was branded by Complex magazine as one of the “10 New Chicago Rappers to Watch Out For”. Now, Chance uses his fame and money to empower the youth through his charity SocialWorks and entice the youth to educate themselves about the politics in the USA.

Header image from Tank and the Bangas and  Ruby Ibarra

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