It makes me laugh when I hear record executives complaining about how the music industry is failing, no shit Sherlock and the internet is only a small part of the blame but the mass majority of it is because of the industry itself. You guys were too concerned with making quick money and didn’t care about the quality of the music you put out and you’re paying for it. Lets take Hip-hop as an example, right now its about 30 years old give or take, which means if you were a 20 year old hip-hop fan in 1980 you are now 50 years old. Can you picture a 50 year old man or woman riding around listening to souljah boy tell em? Neither can I…todays music isn’t bad because of lack of talent in the world its because of laziness of record labels for some reason you sign artist that only appeal to the 12-24 year old demographic and completely neglect the 25-50 year old crowd yet that demographic is bigger!! On top of that the 25-50 year old demographic has more disposable income than the 12-24 year old crowd we’re just less inclined to spend it on bullshit. I remember being 12 years old and having to get my sister to dub tapes of Snoop, Biggie and Wu-tang etc because the dude at the record store wouldn’t sell me an album if I was under age. Now with the digital age that has become irrelevant because you can’t get a credit or debit card until your 18 years old, and you can’t buy anything off itunes without a credit or debit card, so why are you signing acts and releasing music that appeals to teens who have no way of buying the songs they hear on the radio?? So that actually shortens the 1st demographic to 18-24. You are marketing to a 6 year age gap instead of a 25 year age gap and you wonder why your not moving units like you used to. Jay-z is in the position that hes in now because of the 25-50 year old age gap, we made him rich and we get “Watch The Throne” in return? I love you Hov but c’mon man Niggaz In Paris will never equal up Street is watching, or Dead Presidents. If the music business wants to prevent itself from total collapse it needs to start putting out good music for adults, we support what we like but we’re tired of blowing $15 on a CD that only has 1 or 2 good songs on it. The ability to buy a single song for .99 cents has pretty much solved that issue but it also means we’ll never see another Sticky Fingaz Black Trash, or Masta Ace Disposable Arts where the entire Album connects in a story. As an indie hip-hop artist I realize that the only thing a record label could do for me that I can’t do for myself is invest millions of dollars to market and promote my music which would be nice but at the same time I’m a true artist I’ll be making music for the rest of my life no matter what because I love it and I know if you’re still reading this you love it too, so give me a “like” on facebook or follow me on twitter and I’ll continue to make good music for you!
A phrase I’ve often heard and always incorporated it into my life. We often tend to blame the outside world for our problems and set backs, “if only this were different or if only I had these things life would be better”. Although this is how most of us think it is a loosing mentality. Nobody gives a fuck about you or your problems, nobody is going to help you succeed in life. The rich are more than happy go on not sharing the wealth so if you want a piece of it you better be as cut throat and relentless as they are and most of all self motivated! We are all in the same sea of shit and we would all love to get to shore and towel off so the choice is yours sink or swim!