Success is subjective and its definition is unique to the individual. Success is a linear concept and correlates with the obtainment of momentary goals, versus fulfillment, which is contentment.
We will go with the assumption that success for a conscious rapper is being able to fully express themselves artistically while connecting and building their audience. In addition we can add that this must be done while finding a balance with the material success that comes from "making it".
At a local level doing the grassroots approach, handling your own advertising, studio time, and booking your own shows along with a press pack and strong media presence are the basics. It's important to remember that no artist's creation can ever be greater than themselves. So, fulfillment can only be guaranteed when you have come in balance with the forces that you project.
As for working within the mainstream music industry its in many ways naive to believe that such an agreement or contract would turn out in your favor. The modern music industry, as you are most likely aware, is not just interested in finding amazing talent but exploiting that talent for their own nefarious means. With that being said, make you won lane. The internet, along with social media, has revolutionized the ways you can introduce the world to your gift.
There are many conscious rappers within the Secret Energy network, many of whom can be found on Secret Energy's Chat server under the #Music section.
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