September 10th, 2010


i find myself reading a lot more non fiction these days. there’s something more gratifying when learning about actual events and real people, rather than made up stories. it’s especially intriguing when delving into the history of significant contemporary cultural phenomenon’s closer to my own generation. this latest biography on def jam records certainly was an inspiring tale of big dreamers making the nearly impossible happen and changing the world in the process. similar to what berry gordy did in detroit with motown, rick rubin and russell simmons made history happen with not much more than guts and instinct. a great book with intricate details on the record biz. makes you want to make hits!

just a side note: it’s tragic the days of the self made record mogul are finished. i find it ironic that stealing music has become completely acceptable even at the upper echelon of music producers and dj’s. what’s so shortsighted about this is that very few new artists or producers will ever have the chance again to really reap a proper reward for their potential hit, whereas whole micro economies once burst forth from just that one big record. it’s a shame that because of this, lesser and lesser quality of music is being produced as the real struggling musicians can’t keep financially justifying the effort. and then the music you hear on the radio and in the clubs just keeps getting worse and worse by the year. it’s gotta change.

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  1. It is a great honor to be a part of that time, though what I find to be an undermining factor was the flippant use of gangsta rap and misogyny that has lead to the undermining of several generations. Remember we lead through example, so even some of these rappers were not actually that way, this would not be clear to the masses of fans who were takin’ it all in ‘fer real. Like the ‘N’ word another abomination……just ask Chuck D. As far as music goes, I would happily offer any of my tracks for loops, lyrics or whatever just to have them heard. Do ya know what it is like to be stomped on in the industry because someone has that power! I wrote songs about conscious change, environmental respect, people consciousness and movement for social change……yeah and maybe one day people will hear them…..I lived for music, I lived to help people……it is not that artist cannot get their music, out and originals are stolen, it is the fact that the power is in a few hands of very powerful and power hungry people. Music is made to be heard, music is supposed to effect positive change, to inspire, to cause people to think and sometimes causes revolution. Now music has become the lining of a Ermenigildo Zegna suit, carefully tailored for the man in charge.

    Comment by EK — September 13, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

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