Part of my hustle is producer and artist management where I get major label placements for the producers signed to my production outfit Rural Music Group LLC. This week we were able to place a record on the mixtape of a major recording artist by the name of Plies. Plies hails from Florida and is notorious for his billboard topper “Shawty” feat. T-Pain. His mixtape is a resurgence on the southern rap scene and the exciting news is that our record will be re-released as a single pending finalization of contractual agreements. With managing of creatives whose creation are intelectual properties comes tremendous test of faith and the will to persevere. However, regardless of the success or “failures” in securing placements on projects of major artists, I have found out that periodic correspondence and uplifting and encouragement in times of gloom lifts up the energy of the flock. There is some power in the collective. There is a certain energy shift towards the positive despite the music climate that reeks impending gloom.