I'm a musician who has been producing hiphop for a few years now. I've made tracks for rappers in New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Melbourne and Perth.
Here's a few examples of what I do:
As you can see, I make quite.. electronic-ish music. However, I don't want a typical 'electronic music' looking logo. In fact, I don't want the logo to use any music-related imagery at all.
I've got two ideas:
1. A coat of arms, featuring a snow leopard, a doberman, or both - possibly interacting with a shield, mediaeval weapons, armour, etc. Importantly, the doberman should NOT have clipped ears. See attached pictures for examples of what floppy eared dobermans look like (this seems silly, but still). I think I would prefer it without text - but if you think text would add to the logo, then I'm flexible.
2. A simple text logo with an abstract device based on one or more of the elements already described for the coat of arms. You can go nuts with this one as I don't have much more of an idea than that.
I would prefer the coat of arms, but if you have a good idea for a simple abstract device, then I'd love to see it.
I want a black and white logo because I prefer simplicity, but I can deal with a grey or two if you think it necessary.
In terms of typography, I have a strong preference for gothic-style type, but again this is not a restriction. I just like it more.
For some good examples of coats of arms, check out http://www.internationalheraldry.com/ .
If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Thanks.