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Rico Brooks’ Top 5 Tips on Building a Career as a Music Producer

Rico Brooks’ Top 5 Tips on Building a Career as a Music Producer

© 2019 by Rico Brooks for NARIP

Used by NARIP with permission.


  1. Talent: Talent has to be a given when pursuing a career as a Music Producer.


  1. Work Ethic: Hard work always beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Sending out beats daily and staying persistent is key in getting placements.  Do you send out beats every day?


  1. Individuality: What separates your production and your story from others? Do you play instruments or use unique samples or drums? Identify your strength as a producer and focus on growing that.


  1. Hustle: Are you willing to give it your all every day?


  1. Team: Teamwork makes the dream work. A team (your manager, lawyer, booking agent, etc.) will help determine the level of your success. Make sure that they are like-minded, hard-working people and that you empower them. 


About The Author

As CEO of Adella Thomas Management, Rico Brooks oversees the music careers of some of the most notable names in the industry including platinum-selling producer Sonny Digital, international producers Bobby Johnson and iBeatz as well as hit-makers B Wheezy Beatz, D. Rich, Fukk12, duo Ro & Smoke, XL, Chase Millie songwriter  / producer Tasha Catour.  Brooks got his start in music as a sales associate of Peppermint Music and his start in management helping to shape the careers of various Hip-hop artists as a manager, then President of Block Entertainment.  With plans on developing a career in Movie Production, Branding and Strategic Marketing, the future holds limitless opportunities for this respected entrepreneur.


Editor’s Note:

Rico Brooks wrote these tips for NARIP’s panel discussion, Mock Negotiation and ABCs of a Music Producer Deal, on which he participated along with music and entertainment attorney David Prasse, Esq. and producer-label owner Tanner Hendon.  This program is now available to stream FREE for NARIP members and – for non-members – to purchase in our shop. 

Brooks and the panel discuss and negotiate key areas of a music producer deal LIVE. 

Get the inside track on major deal points, what they mean and what leverage you have to negotiate the best possible deal. Most importantly, hear the process and HOW a producer agreement is negotiated.

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ALSO AVAILABLE: Music Producer Form Agreement