I understand how some of the music heads were angry at the results of the Grammy’s. The real Hip Hop heads weren’t mad because we don’t listen to the radio. Public Enemy told us a long time ago to, “TURN OFF THAT RADIO, TURN OFF THAT BULLSHI-”. So we did.
I started this blog almost 2 years ago about just that fact. The title of this blog as you know is, “Let’s Get Back to Real Music”.
DO YOU THINK I WRITE THIS BLOG FOR INDEX FINGER EXERCISE? NO!
Here is a link to the first ever blog that I wrote on April 18, 2012. It deals with the music issue!
I decided to start this blog because radio did not play all of the types of music that your favorite overweight blog writer wanted to hear.
When you are driving in your car and you hear your cookie cutter radio station say that they are playing the best in Hip Hop and R&B you should have a frown on your face. If they were the leaders in their respective fields of music they would know that good Hip Hop is R&B too. As the mighty KRS-ONE said, “Rap is something you do, Hip Hop is something you live”
I LIVE FOR HIP HOP, and by your reactions after the Grammy Awards show, SO DO YOU!
That is why I had to revisit the reason I started this blog which was to get good music out into the universe.
If radio stations were pushing the pursuit of breaking music the nightly countdowns wouldn’t be the same 10 songs everyday. Furthermore the Mix-Show DJ’s wouldn’t play any songs that were in the top 10 count down. The Mix-Show DJ’s would be playing underground Hip Hop that they were introduced to by actually searching for new music on their own, or, handed to them by hungry unsigned artists who were looking to get a break.
You remember watching the made for TV Movies, 5 Heartbeats, The Jacksons, and the TLC Story? They all feature similar scenes portraying when they hear their first song on the radio?
CAN THAT REALLY EVER HAPPEN AGAIN?
Can artists such as Little Brother(please get back together), Dudley Perkins, Andy Roda, Leaf, Big Brooklyn Red, Maya Azucena, New Groundz, Tame Impala, Rashid Hadee, Tressa Thomas, or bands like The Soul People and others really get their music heard on radio stations without knowing someone or paying out money that they need to develop their craft?
Everyone will tell you that the Internet balances the playing field for unsigned artists!
Sure, the Internet is supposed to be the great equalizer! Don’t you think that the BIG BOY radio stations are controlling the successful Internet radio stations and their Internet marketing delivery systems?
Don’t you think that the BIG BOY radio conglomerates are also buying millions of fake Facebook likes on their fan pages, fake YouTube views, fake Instagram followers and fake Google + circles?
HERE IS WHAT IS HAPPENING AS WE SPEAK!
First you sign a deal with one of the BIG BOX stores to sell your CD a week before it is released. Secondly you play the song 100 times a day on the regular radio stations you own! Then you play the song 10,000 times a day on all Internet Radio stations you own or are affiliated with! After that you purchase 1,000,000 likes on your Facebook page! Follow that up with performances on Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman and Jay Leno Monday thru Thursday. Furthermore have your “Sugar-Daddy’d” artist perform on The Today show that Friday and host Saturday Night Live on Saturday. Finally get your “Milti-marketed” artist to do the Sportscenter top 10 on Sunday night and you guarantee your CD a number one spot when it drops on Tuesday.
How can an independent artist level the playing field with all of that?
NO SOUP FOR YOU UNSIGNED ARTIST… and no GRAMMY EITHER!
I’m not saying to stop trying. Keep working on your craft.
EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD IS CYCLICAL!
MUSIC WILL GET BACK TO WHERE IT STARTED VERY SOON!
For the time being let the Grammy’s serve for what they are designed for! A coronation of the label who paid the most for their artists’ promotion, marketing, and yes; AIRPLAY!
Just my thoughts man!
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