murkytimeistimeschool asked: what do you think about young thug signing with cash money?
Have we even confirmed that yet? Sure Thug stuck his head out of a Maybach during All Star Weekend and said “yeah I signed” to someone who may or may not have identified himself as a reporter (but who did take a selfie) and predictably the whole damn world wide web ran with those three words as if they had been stamped with the CMR family crest in the blood of Sir Bryan “Baby” Birdman himself but none of that makes it reality. Media literacy means trusting no one word to Mulder and Scully.
See it’s my understanding that Thug’s been half secretly signed to Atlantic/Warner for at least few months now - they’ve been working “Stoner.” Though maybe there’s some sort of collaborative situation going down with Cash Money or maybe everyone in the music industry is just a fucking liar. I don’t have the energy or time or desire or obligation to try and chase down a confirmation on any of this and I guess nobody else does either. Those celebrity selfies aren’t going to take themselves after all.
Cash Money seems like as good a fit as any though. Can you imagine a Thugga and Mystikal song? Or a Thugga and Fred Durst song?
11:05 pm • 16 February 2014 • 35 notes
“'He sold 300,000 with no promotion,' Jackson says, citing the label's worldwide sales figures for 'Finally Rich.' 'People can say it was a stupid deal, but the project is in the black. Our marketing spend on it was literally crumbs.' Jackson points to the video for 'Love Sosa,' which has more than 36 million views on YouTube. 'We spent $1,500 on that. I know videos that they've blown $500,000 on that don't have that many views.'”
— Crucial statistical context from Chief Keef’s A&R, Larry Jackson. (via Billboard)
6:26 pm • 14 February 2014 • 362 notes
Of the six albums that are actually downloading (the rarities compilation isn’t arriving in my inbox either), several seem to be no more than pirated MP3s. Check out the Comments field of the MP3 tags:
6:04 pm • 14 February 2014 • 171 notes
De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising Bonus Disc (Tommy Boy, 1989/2001)
And here’s the bugged out bonus disc from a very Dan Stuckie deluxe reissue of the first album. It covers most of the 3 Feet b-sides that need to be covered including the grailish promo only “Double Huey Skit,” which is not a skit.
I guess I should try and find or compile a De La Soul is Dead b-sides collection to complete the cipher but I don’t have anything like that in front of me at the moment and iirc it’d just be a thousand different house and disco remixes of “Saturdays.”
1:52 pm • 14 February 2014 • 44 notes
De La Soul - Buhloone Mindstate Sessions (1993)
As you might’ve heard De La Soul are giving away all of their albums for free on their website today. Err… allegedly that’s what they’re doing. The whole process is a mess - endless waits for broken links in emails that never arrive. I tried to get something called Remixes, Instrumentals & Rarities a few hours ago and still have not received it. Or a link to it. Or anything more than a sad email containing cartoon drawings of each De La Soul member making this face -_-.
Assuming the rest of you are having similar luck, here’s something to hold you over: the folder of Buhloone Mindstate-era b-sides and remixes that is permanently filed in my Itunes. Buhloone is possibly their best album and definitely their best B-sides era, thanks in part to the deep and wide promo-only Clear Lake Audiotorium EP.
If you don’t know De La Soul’s music yet because you are a young person then that’s fine but you probably don’t want to start here. Grab either the proper Buhloone or maybe De La Soul Is Dead because they are both perfect (3 Ft. hasn’t aged quite as well imo and a lot of their later shit is just sour). If their site still doesn’t work you can hit the Torrents like any sane/savvy internet user should’ve done ages ago. Or you can go to a used CD store and spend two dollars to have something you can hold in your hands and show to your children.
1:11 pm • 14 February 2014 • 171 notes
P.E.A.C.E. - Freestyle (Live, 2014)
According to Vimeo this is “a trap beat” produced by Jaswho and The Gemini.
3:08 am • 10 February 2014 • 40 notes
rbnvndmn asked: Do you think the whole "industry plant" thing that's thrown around for guys who come up quickly on the independent tip (macklemore, chance etc) is a legitimate thing or something the internet created to discredit guys work?
As far as those particular artists go I can tell you that’s absolutely crazy talk. Macklemore was selling out shows and crushing digital sales for years before anybody in the industry begrudgingly acknowledged his existence. He had to land a number one album to make that happen. Chance’s rise was more rapid but dude already had a solid local fanbase when 10 Day dropped in 2012 and nobody was touching him. Then he made a tape that was better than 10 Day and shit snowballed.
If you watch these things you’ll see these things. But a lot of these armchair internet A&Rs idiots have their blinders on so tightly, blocking out everything outside whichever corner of the culture caters directly to their interests. Then when something beyond that purview does become successful they get all huffy and confused and stubborn about it. Macklemore and Chance are both acquired tastes in very different ways but even if you loathe them it shouldn’t be hard to listen to either and recognize why they would organically and immediately connect with certain people. And when art truly connects in that manner it tends to spread quickly because there is now this web of interconnected computers throughout the world.
This sort of paranoia is understandable though. The industry and blog culture specifically has cultivated this environment of distrust with all these secret signings and backdoor bloggers turnt managers. And the whole mess does tend to trickle down from there but that has less to do with an Illuminato conspiracy than it does with sheer laziness/cowardice. Everyone in both the industry and critical spheres is looking at one another to see what’s hot instead of engaging the interests of real life audiences or just straight up trusting their own instincts. It’s a shit show that makes me sad and is a big part of the reason I don’t write as much anymore.
But here’s the thing - a secrete manager/label/publicist can get you on a blog or all the blogs or in a magazine or on a Kanye West song but they can’t actually make anyone care beyond the basest of cool kid hypebeast type posers (who will be over it and on to the next thing in six months anyway) and I guess a handful nerds overseas (which is where a lot of these guys will tour for the rest of their days). That thing the cigar chomping executive cliches of old always said about stars having IT is very real and generally speaking a plant won’t grow without IT word to Travis Scott.
7:34 am • 9 February 2014 • 104 notes
flockapella asked: What do you think about the DC area ever "popping off" with rap? Everybody keeps telling me that it won't happen because Go-Go or DC is too small or DC doesn't have the connections like somewhere else...
Well the thing to remember about DC is that this is a city that has always been far behind the curve as far as hip hop goes. As I understand it rap music wasn’t even really considered cool until BIG and Puff smuggled it in through Howard in the ’90s. And prior to Wale (and Tabi!) getting a push in like ‘07 local rappers were mostly rapping for other local rappers and transient college kids or rapping as underbills/homies at the go-go. Not to devalue either of those circles, it’s just that they were very insular. So as far as commercial/crossover viability goes the scene is still in its infancy, the network infrastructure is still being built.
But the talent is definitely there. Trel and Glizzy are tremendous lyricists and legitimate street stars locally. Lightshow and Gleesh are well on their way too. Then on the other side you have Oddisee and XO exporting some of the smarter and more progressive boom bap being made anywhere and all sorts of promising new artists popping up in the middle. To be real things look better for DC rap right now than they ever have, certainly better than they did when I was living there. It might take some time before anyone else notices but I’m optimistic and I’m almost never optimistic.
6:12 am • 9 February 2014 • 45 notes