Friday, September 22, 2006

Quote Of the Moment

"The thing about Hip Hop today and music in general is that the people who created it, meaning Blacks and Latinos, do not control it no more."

-Afrika Bambaataa


Brother Smartness said...

I think the illusion is that we had that control to begin with.

We have more control now than we've ever had before.

Brother Spotless said...

I think I have to disagree with that point, Brother Smartness. When the Hip Hop scene began, no one with any money (i.e. record labels) thought rap music would last. Since the labels wouldn't invest in the music, the only people that had any control over the music were the artists.

Today, the record labels have invested billions into the music, and therefore have final say as to what makes it to the airwaves and tv screens.

In this specific situation, control of the music follows the money. Fewer blacks and latinos are in the positions to make decisions now that record labels have invested...

Brother Darkness said...

I agree with Brother Spotless on that point. Especially today, you hear the same kind of songs being played on the radio. Mainstream/Corporate America wants to take advantage of a fad while its hot. If people are two-stepping, they keep putting pressure on people to make songs for people to two-step with. I know one example with Eminem. After his first album, the record executives at Interscope put pressure on him to put out that catchy single with the same kind of ingredients that "My Name Is" had. He admitted that he didn't want to do "The Real Slim Shady" or any of those other MTV, TRL favorites.