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How Music-Streaming Services Are Failing New Artists : The New Yorker

In Random ILL on July 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm

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The great Spotify and “Are streaming music services fu**ing over artists even more than the clasic “F**k the artist over” recording industry model debate continues.

What are recordings now? Are they an artistic expression that musicians cannot be compensated for but will create simply out of need? Are they promotional tools? What seems clear is that streaming arrangements, like those made with Spotify, are institutionalizing a marginal role for the recordings that were once major income streams for working

How Music-Streaming Services Are Failing New Artists : The New Yorker – http://m.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sashafrerejones/2013/07/spotify-boycott-new-artists-music-business-model.html?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews

Rachel Jeantel Appears on CNN’s ‘Piers Morgan’ (VIDEO)

In Random ILL on July 16, 2013 at 11:20 am

“The world you come from” – Piers Morgan
While Morgan’s statement is somewhat disturbing, this a good interview
sure to alter some of your skewed views of Ms. Jeantel

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Rachel Jeantel, the close friend of Trayvon Martin and the last person to talk to him before his death, appeared on Piers Morgan to discuss her feelings about Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict, her friendship with Trayvon and more.

Watch the interview and let us know your opinion in the comment section below.

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Morning Music: “Long Way To Go”

In Morning Music on July 15, 2013 at 10:09 am

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“I guess we got a while before they actually get the picture.”

Morning Music: “Look What I Got”

In Morning Music on July 12, 2013 at 11:43 am

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“It’s moving slow? / What ya take a ni**a for?/ I’ma cock hammers and 44’s and nail ya ass to the floor”

 

 

There are a few things some Hip Hop fans ardently believe, that I steadfastly refuse have credence to them. For the sake time, I will only mention two at the moment.

“E-40 is the best rapper ever” (Yes I have met people who strongly adhere to that statement)

“I’m Serious” is better than “Trap Music”

The former I will delve into another time, the latter pertains to today’s “Moring Music”

I’ve had many people (mostly of southern origin) tell me “T.I’s debut is superior to its follow up “Trap Music” which propelled him to superstardom. After many earnest listing sessions I just don’t se….errr hear it, I and chalk up a portion of those sentiments to “Down Since Day One” syndrome.

While it could be said that NOTHING Hip Hop related is better than. “The Low End Theory”, people who say that “I’m Serious” is better than “Trap Music” sound like a wayward soul proclaiming “People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm” is superior to Tribe beyond certified, classic second release.

Anyway

“Trap Music” is a personal classic of mind and while some the reference on it are passé now, the earnestly, hunger, skill and sublime production of it, have stood the test of time.

Respect to The King this morning, who we should also, recognize as a living legend.

@illaim

Morning Music: Starlito ft Don Trip “No Rearview”

In Morning Music on July 11, 2013 at 10:51 am

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It’s difficult starting over, that’s better than going backwards”

 

 

What, you thought “Morning Music” was just a bastion of tracks from bygone eras? Please think again my valued friend.

Today a.m soundtrack of choice is provided by should be star Starlito.

After dropping the (replete with “Boardwalk Empire” samples) stellar “Funerals And Court Dates” last December, Lito has returned this summer with the equally if not exceedingly better “Cold Turkey”

“No Rearview” is one many standout songs on CT. Full of growth, honesty and ever rare rapper vulnerability, “No Rearview” gives a nuanced approach to the omnipresent topic in music of relationships.

Starlito provides an A1 verse and even better positive hook that shows what many of us with people in the streets already know. They are thoughtful, contemplative people too.

After all of the previous Starlito praise above, here’s the shocker though.

One could say he got blazed on his on sh*t, as Don Trip provides quite possibly the best guest verse of 2013 thus far on the same track.

I would question such a “he got him” sentiment in regards to “No Rearview” however, for Starlito and Don Trip provided us with much too good of a song for us to place the focus on such trivial matters.

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