(FOX 11) - "Take a listen. Tell me what you think."
At LA tourist hotspots, aspiring rapper/singers like Sir Young Duke are literally pounding the pavement.
They're in the crowds. They're amidst the tourists. They're alongside the street performers. They're at the famed corner of Hollywood and Highland and Venice Beach. They ask anyone and everyone to take a listen to their music or walk away with their CD.
Artist Purple Reggae calls himself a CD salesmen. However, they aren't really salesmen, as without a seller’s permit, they rely on donations.
"You get two three dollars every now and then," said Sir Young Duke. "Some people bless you with twenty, they do fifty."
Purple Reggae is also for hire to burn your CDs. He says artists are acting as their own record company.
He says tourist hotspots are ideal as out-of-towners are looking for that celeb experience. The secret to success gets back to the music.
"They have to love your music."
For the CD salesmen there are a lot of no's. Rapper/Singer/Producer Rizen Appling of Rizen Records says the no's only encourage him more.
"The no's encourage you to get more yes's.
Appling is out there five days a week. He pitches himself as "the next big thing."