I have a few questions about what is standard practice when an artist (in particular a rapper) enters into a contract. This very talented rapper has agreed to be represented by a pair with a lot of combined internet, technical, marketing and web development expertise who will act as his agent, manager, producer, label, promoter and web developer. The idea is to not sell out to a big label, but to do it all themselves and, therefore, keep more of the money for themselves. Who owns the music and the masters during the duration of their 8 year contract? Who should have the final say on the music? Does the artist have the right to perform with other artists without the agreement of his reps? Who has the final say on the direction of their marketing campaign? Who has the final say on which outlets to use to sell the product? Who has the final say on what bookings are made? The rapper has tried to make it before in a different state and became fairly well known locally, but never got beyond that. He dropped it and has now decided to try it again since meeting this pair who have agreed to rep him. The reps have no experience in the music business, although they have a love of rap music and have the basic equipment, software and skills to record and mix and and have come up with some pretty darn good recordings of the artist's pretty darn good lyrics. So who should get what percentages of what? Any advice would be most welcome and appreciated!