Select a Rap DVD Theme
Many rap DVD magazines have a theme that all performances, graphics and titles are centered around. Choosing a theme will help you to determine who will be featured on your DVD. Popular themes include statewide or citywide battles such as “Atlanta vs. Chicago” but you can also have entire record labels or networks compete against each other. A theme for your DVD rap magazine will also be useful when creating a title for this video. Battle styled themes may require you to travel and find talent. If traveling is not preferred, try focusing on neighborhoods such as “Los Angeles vs. San Antonio” for a more local flavor.
Contact Hip-Hop Artists to Perform in Video
Search for hip-hop artists to perform in your video once the theme has been selected to make a rap DVD magazine. Select rappers based on their popularity and talent rather than their accessibility. It may be easy to contact any rapper in your area or hip-hop artists that have an online social networking profile. Placing any rapper in your rap DVD magazine will not bring any benefits. Read local music publications, talk to DJs and purchase mixtapes to find out who is popular at the moment. Contact the performers that stand out and invite them to perform on your rap DVD magazine.
Buy or License Rap Music Instrumentals
Background music is usually needed to make a rap DVD magazine. This may or may not be required depending on the theme and style of your particular video. Some rap DVD magazines contain freestyle performances, which do not require background music at all. Many other rap DVDs feature independent hip-hop artists performing over mainstream instrumental music tracks or custom songs. Using instrumentals of songs played on the radio may be you into trouble with the record industry. It may be best to hire a music producer who can make original beats to help you make a rap DVD magazine.
Hire a Videographer and Editor
Professional videographers and video editors can help to make your rap DVDs look better than the average handheld home video. Hire these professionals to record the footage of all hip-hop music artists who are featured on your video. Doing so will help to increase the quality and perceived value of a rap DVD magazine. Video editors can add special graphics to make the content stand out and appear attractive to viewers. They can also help emphasize certain lyrics performed by hip-hop music artists in your video.
Hire a Graphic or Mixtape Designer
A video editor can put your finished product on a playable DVD but you will need someone to design a cover. The DVD cover, “DVD Wrap” or “case insert” as some call them is important if you want to sell a rap DVD magazine. Graphic designers that specialize in DVD covers can make your video packaging look professional. Some mixtape CD cover designers also offer DVD services as well. The mixtape professionals may have a better understanding of the look and style you want than a standard commercial designer.