[acid-jazz] the future distribution of kid's hip hop...

From: scatanzaro4 (scatanzaro4_at_cox.net)
Date: 2004-01-28 17:36:23

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    It's nice to see that this list is still alive with issues and
    controversy regarding music and the artistic and business sides of it.
    One thing that amazes me is how "mainstream" artists are flogged by
    those musos who consider themselves "underground."
    I've come to think this is because a lot of people like to think of
    themselves as subversive "anti-corporate" types. railing at the Fox News
    broadcast through their Philips TV while unloading the groceries they
    picked up at Trader Joes and loaded in the back of their Honda Element.
    But, if you've been around the music business for a while, you come to
    the conclusion that, for musicians, the difference between the
    "underground" artist and the "mainstream" artist has nothing to do with
    their "anti-corporate" politics. I have yet to meet the musician /
    artist who would turn down a really good major label deal.
    Why? Because no matter how much of a pseudo-Marxist a musician considers
    himself, no matter how many silk screen Che Gueverra t's they rock at
    gigs, the fact is playing your music in front of 3,000, and having
    roadies load your stuff into a truck while you chill in the tour bus
    after the gig, is a lot more fun than playing to the backs of 30 people
    talking to each other and loading your stuff out of Fais Do Do (LA
    reference) at 2 o'clock in the morning.
    So, can you really fault Moby for railing out against corporate control
    from under the safety of the Ford Explorer media tent at his latest
    massive event? Well, I guess you can.
    The other day on MTV2, (ya know, the less corporate MTV), I saw Jay Z
    unplugged with backup band The Roots. So, what are we to make of this?
    The band was "real hip hop" but the MC wasn't? Or, are the Roots no
    longer "real hip hop" because they appear on MTV w. Erykah Badu and Cody
    ChesnuTT, to say nothing of the one man corporation Jay Z?
    Now, I love Straight No Chaser, read it faithfully every issue, even
    raving Marx.. I mean Max. Reinhardt, and have been hipped to lots of
    great music from it. But, I note the general rule that when an artist
    pimped in those pages really breaks out, you never see their albums
    reviewed in their anymore.
    For instance, Macy Gray was lauded as "shock! Major label showing
    vision". it was predicted she was so weird her single would either sell
    20 or 20 thousand. When it sold 8 million, she vanished from the pages.
    Ditto Alicia Keys, Norah Jones etc. Granted the magazine may choose to
    use valuable space to promote new artists, but still, are we concerned
    with how the music sounds, or something . dare I whisper the word.
    The fact is, Norah Jones is no less (or more) a great artist because
    she's sold millions than if she sold thousands. Similarly, watch Alicia
    Keys live. you may not like her music, but, the talent shouldn't be in
    dispute. And, after living in LA for a while, it seems like most of the
    major artists you see on Urb or MTV or wherever get their start as
    underground artists with a big buzz.
    Not every artist who generates buzz makes it all the way, though. The
    pat, pseudo-journalistic answer for those who don't make it is "they
    refused to sell out." When, in lots of cases, the true reason is that
    nobody was, for whatever reason, making a really good offer.
    Fabriclive; Bugz In The Attic
    Marc De Clive Lowe; Melodious Beats vol. 1
    Nitin Sawhney; Prophesy
    Clifford Brown: Round About Midnight
    Ps anyone heard New Sector Movements latest, now that they're on Virgin?