The Cheat Code

The Cheat Code

Every Wednesday, join three music industry GOATS on The Cheat Code Podcast as they strive to change the game. Designed for artists and anyone in or aspiring to be in the music business, this podcast is a must-listen. Meet our extraordinary hosts: Ferrari Simmons (Music Director/DJ/Curator/Influencer), Wendy Day (the undisputed champion of the culture), and Rapjuggernaut (master strategist/culture ambassador). Get ready to expand your knowledge and learn valuable insights from the best in the business. Tune in now and level up your music industry game!

Episodes

February 21, 2024 20 mins

Welcome to our 100th episode of the Cheat Code Podcast, where we're "Keeping it 100 for our 100th"! 

In this monumental episode, we dive straight into the heart of the music industry, discussing the intricate dynamics between artists, record labels, and business savvy. Join us as we celebrate the success stories of independent labels like Strange Music and TDE, highlighting the power of self-sufficiency in today's music landscape.

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In Episode 99 of the Cheat Code, we kick things off with a TikTok "Effect House" gem for all aspiring creators out there. Check out the Effect House link for some fantastic examples of how artists can create different effects to enhance their content.

During our on-camera moment, we discovered that many artists we referenced were unavailable on TikTok due to the ongoin...

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February 7, 2024 16 mins

In this episode, we kick things off by showcasing some amazing Champa Bay merchandise from our friend Aych302. We're all about supporting fellow creatives, and Aych's work is nothing short of impressive.

As we gear up for the big game on the horizon and the excitement of All-Star Weekend, we dive into the world of advertising, particularly Super Bowl commercials. We challenge our listeners, known as the "coderz," to watch those com...

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January 31, 2024 19 mins

In this episode of the Cheat Code Podcast, we dive into the world of music merch, travel, and networking. Our hosts kick things off by announcing new Rari merch just in time for Valentine's Day, bringing you the latest in style and support.

As February unfolds, we discuss the unique marketing opportunities that come with holidays like St. Patrick's Day and an early Mardi Gras, providing insights into how these festivities can impac...

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January 24, 2024 25 mins

Join us for an exciting new episode as we kick off with style and swag! Rari showcases his Yalee Merchandise, sharing his thoughts on the talented artist Yalee and his music. Meanwhile, Kingpin proudly flaunts his DRO Life Clothing, featuring the DRO Racing Line in this episode's sponsor spotlight.

Our conversation takes a thought-provoking turn as we delve into the music landscape. Today, it's not just ...

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January 17, 2024 27 mins

Welcome to a power-packed episode of the Cheat Code Podcast! In Episode 95, we start with style, showcasing our exclusive "Writ3rs Block" hoodies – a perfect blend of comfort and style that echoes the spirit of creativity.
In this episode, we ask, "What grabs your attention in marketing?" Before we unveil our truth-bomb on this, we delve into Luminate's 2023 Music Streaming Report, providing our Coderz with essenti...

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January 10, 2024 24 mins

In Episode 94, we kick things off with some exciting news about where you can stream The Cheat Code Podcast and grab our merch. We're making it even easier for our Coderz to connect with us and represent the Cheat Code community.

Next, we dive into the world of music and monetization. Rari shares his journey with his new intro song for his iHeart Radio show, featuring Young Dro. We celebrate Rari's successes and discuss the strate...

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January 3, 2024 24 mins

In the first episode of 2024, we're bringing you fresh inspiration and insights to kickstart your year in the music industry. We kick things off by unveiling the story behind our "Federal Bureau of Promotions" T-Shirt, a fun addition to our merchandise lineup that's bound to spark some laughs.

For those of you who received music equipment or instruments over the holidays, now is the time to channel that newfound creative energy in...

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December 27, 2023 19 mins

This episode of The Cheat Code is brought to you by "Utopia" by Brand DREAM™️. https://www.branddream.us/ 

In Episode 92, our hosts kick off the conversation by exploring a crucial question: when is it time to heed the advice of professionals and learn to do business the right way? Is it after going through several investors or squandering a small fortune? They emphasize the importance of knowing when to...

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December 20, 2023 22 mins

 

🎅🌟 Get ready to jingle all the way with Episode 91 of The Cheat Code! In this festive installment, Kingpin goes full Santa mode with a Santa hat and ugly sweater, setting the perfect holiday mood. 🎄❄️

But it's not all sleigh bells and reindeer games. We dive into the unique challenges that come with being in the music industry during the holiday season. 🎵🎁 The workload piles up, and sometimes, tho...

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December 13, 2023 13 mins

In Episode 90 of The Cheat Code, we embrace the holiday season, delving into the festive spirit. Our hosts discuss the dichotomy of the holidays for artists, balancing the joyous season with the challenges it brings. Amidst family celebrations, they shed light on the emotional and financial struggles many artists face during this time. To uplift spirits, we launch the "Obnoxious Christmas Decorations Challenge," urgin...

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December 6, 2023 16 mins

n this episode, our hosts embark on a journey deep into the realm of ownership, kicking off the discussion with an intriguing question—how many songs are dedicated to actual dances, step-by-step, not just associated with a viral challenge? The conversation pivots towards ownership: Can an artist claim a dance, trademark it, and register it? They delve into the strategy of creating songs, dance moves, and content simul...

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November 29, 2023 14 mins

n this episode, titled "It Pays to Be Real," our hosts share insights from their recent trip to Louisville, where they engaged with creators facing common challenges in content creation. The discussion revolves around the essence of authenticity in content, emphasizing that perfection follows consistency. Addressing the struggles artists face in fear of failure, the hosts encourage listeners to create freely, emphasiz...

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November 22, 2023 14 mins

Get ready for a festive episode as we dive into the holiday spirit on Episode 87 of The Cheat Code!  Rapjuggernaut declares his love for the holidays, family traditions, and the unique opportunity the season brings for focused work. We explore the powerful connection between gratitude and happiness, backed by a recent study. 

Shifting gears, we delve into strategic planning with insights from an Eventbrite creators email. Planning ...

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November 15, 2023 12 mins

Embark on a deep dive into the beating heart of the music industry in Episode 86, "What Are You Willing To Do?" We kick off with merch vibes, showcasing Rari's "Fanbase" hoodie and paying homage to Isaac Hayes III's cultural contributions. As we dissect industry dynamics, ponder the question: is hip-hop down, or is it the battleground of heightened competition with 100,000 daily releases? Explore the post-pandemic sce...

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November 8, 2023 15 mins

🎙️ Episode 85: "Let's Go On Tour" is here, and we're diving straight into the action!

First, we share our passion for the Cheat Code Coffee Mug – the perfect gift for you and your fellow music enthusiasts. Get yours now and elevate your coffee game! ☕

Next, we unveil the invaluable College Radio Directory, a fantastic resource for artists. We emphasize the importance of the college demographic – a vital segment for your music's gr...

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November 1, 2023 19 mins

In Episode 84 of The Cheat Code, we kick things off by sending a big shoutout to Aych for the fantastic Champa Bay merch he sent our way. It's incredible to see our Coderz bringing their visions to life, and we're here to celebrate and help them market their creations. Cheers to you, Tampa Bay, Florida! We also reminisce about some of our cherished memories from that vibrant city.

From the world of merch, we seamlessly transition i...

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October 25, 2023 16 mins

In this episode, we kick things off with an exciting update on our latest merchandise. We're thrilled to see our Coderz turning their visions into reality, and it's a win-win when they send us some swag to help them celebrate and promote. From T-shirts to hats and hoodies, it's all about embracing creativity and showcasing it to the world.

But we don't stop there. We take a moment to shine the spotlight ...

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October 18, 2023 20 mins

In this episode of The Cheat Code, titled "A Winning Environment," we kick things off with a nod to the BumpBoxx, diving right back into the world of salesmanship. The spotlight shines on becoming an Amazon Influencer, sharing how you can turn your daily product usage into money by recommending and selling these products. We emphasize the importance of using the Paid Advertisement sticker, showing that transparency can open doors f...

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October 11, 2023 17 mins

In Episode 81 of The Cheat Code, titled "Money, Money, Money," we're diving into a wealth of essential topics. Our hosts kick things off with a reminder about our awesome merch, including the coveted Cheat Code coffee mug – perfect for your morning inspiration!

But the main course for this episode is all about money. We explore the intricate relationship between money and the music industry. It's not jus...

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