Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Droppin Knowledge

In-studio footage from former Aftermath artists Busta Rhymes, Stat Quo and Bishop Lamont. I have my dislikes with Busta the artist, but Busta the philosopher is a truly enlightened individual.

1) Busta brings up a great point that I've always wondered about. Ringtones, or snippets of songs are $3. Whereas an entire song from iTunes is 99 cents. That makes absolutely no sense. Just the way the fee structure is set up encourages ringtone rappers as opposed to artists.

2) Youtube is both a gift and a curse to artist since it has allowed them to bypass the major label dependency on video budgets. But at the same time, the quality of end product is decreased and the industry has been watered down since anyone can become a rapper in their bedroom.

3) Piggybacking of #2, everyone knows at least one person in real life that thinks they can rap. And there are enough avenues to make a little piece of change in the rap game. It's only a matter of time before the industry totally revamps and abandons the major label set-up or the major label set-up collapses and forces change.

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