I haven’t purchased a CD in a year.
I haven’t listened to the radio since God knows when.
So….in my personal opinion: HHID.
And spare me all of your “Oh good music is out there it’s just a lot harder to find” crap. Good music should find me dammit. I’m not an idiot when it comes to the music business so I know how label execs are thinking these days – ringtones sales > CD sales, so the days of the “quality full length album” are definitely behind us. Now, I’m definitely not a teenager anymore, but guess what – I still listen to Hip-hop, and (despite my urge to download a single or two every now and again) if I liked an artist’s songs enough to buy their CD, I would. Simple as that.
Now here’s the problem: some idiot at Warner/Jive/Interscope or wherever thinks that I wanna listen to “Chicken Noodle Taffy” all day, while local artist MC Get Busy thinks I wanna hear about the struggle of the Mumbutu civilization, economic conspiracies and other shit you would watch CNN for if you really wanted to know. Where is the medium? Where is the average emcee that struggles like I struggle everyday, but still likes to party and make music for the slutatious whores to…..be slutatious whores to? I’m still a target audience here….believe me I like the party music just as much as I like the conscious ish. But it seems like lately it’s gotten too extreme on both ends….and I don’t wanna listen to Kanye all day either.
Say what you want about the Jiggy era, but at least you were getting the hardcore “THUG KILLA NIGGA” shit, Lonnie “the Mystical Homo” Lynn, and the Diddy-dancing on your radio back then. What people don’t realize is that consumers aren’t buying music just because they’re illegally downloading it, the majority of people know that the other 15 songs on Lil’ Dum Dum’s album are gonna be gahbidge….even my 15-year old sister knows this.
Anyway…just something to think about.
*Rides off to “Reasonable Doubt” on repeat…again*