Musical Busy-Ness

 

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Business and the creative industries is a match made in the deepest levels of hell. From inception, they are surrounded with more confusion, anger, grief, jealousy and misunderstanding than a one night stand where the condom broke. Businesses and the arts are particularly unfortunate mates because their goals are so disparate.

Business is about the bottom line; tried and true avenues for generating, sustaining and increasing revenue. Creative arts, which include music, and thus the music side of the music industry, is about taking chances, experimenting, pushing the envelope with a successful outcomes, but also, sometimes losing. When a strict revenue line is attached to such creative endeavors, it 100% alters the integrity of said creativity. Instead of allowing for the discovery and exploration of interesting creative directions, the road map only allows for a road that leads directly to the deposit line at the bank.

More so than just about any other genre of music, Hip Hop has raised the musical entrepreneur level in the game to epic proportions. From Master P turning the industry on its ear with his independent distribution, to Cash Money’s groundbreaking distribution/ownership deal, to 90% of rappers arranging for some type of vanity label/distribution deal, to Mr. Carter’s presidential appointment, it would seem that Hip Hop artists have figured a way to disrupt the status quo, and take a creative chance on the business end and create a new paradigm that allows for creativity taking the lead.

If only those rappers who have cracked the glass ceiling of power would stop operating from a fear of losing their own personal fortunes (which quite frankly, are so vast and diverse it wouldn’t happen) and getting kicked out of the TI club, would a new business model be possible. A revolutionary model and business template wherein the retention, equity, creative control and artistic integrity would stay with the generative artist.

Hip Hop artists were birthed from a revolutionary spirit, somewhere along the way, money has dulled that spirit and encouraged complacency. While I’m in touch with reality enough to not truly expect anything like this to happen- I’d sure as hell stand up for and in line with the first motherfucker with the balls to actually take such a chance.

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70 Responses to “Musical Busy-Ness”

  1. Big Homie Says:

    First

  2. nation Says:

    I I Get It.

    http://myhangover.wordpress.com/

  3. Big Homie Says:

    First off, that is a ill pic you used. And as always …geat post Green Beans. You always make a reader expand their mind with some crucial knowledge, which is why I enjoy coming here. You need a book homie.

    TI’s is definitely running this rap shit

    I’d sure as hell stand up for and in line with the first motherfucker with the balls to actually take a chance.

    ^^ Yup

  4. landLORD aka Rasheed Wallets Says:

    … damn Green Eyes … you seem almost as smart as I … I had to read that joint about 4 times to achieve full comprehension … ol’ scholarly ass heffa … AND i heard you was cute … smh …

  5. nation Says:

    baby did i inspire you when i said that you inspired me? because to tell you the truth i have about another 40 posts about why we should hang judges, politicians and tall israelis on the white house lawn

  6. Opininated Tall Israeli Says:

    I’m running this rap shit

  7. Big Homie Says:

    *flips through a dictionary*

  8. Fidel Cashflow Says:

    Although I’d respect anyone who values creative control and artistic expression over finnancial gain, it’s understandable why anyone would be willing to get money at all costs.

    and for the record Master P learned how the independent hustle from the Bay

  9. Fidel Cashflow Says:

    how = about

    my bad

  10. green eyes Says:

    damn land, thats quite a compliment. tis appreciated.

    nation.. you certainly did.. all keeping me on my toes over here.

  11. cMac Says:

    lol @ new vocabulary words

  12. landLORD aka Rasheed Wallets Says:

    *reads again*

    *needs Motrin*

    *goes back to nahright to dumb down before sleep*

  13. green eyes Says:

    ^LMAO

  14. Dem Says:

    “surrounded with ore confusion”

    “map only allows fir a road that leads”

    “disrupt the status qou

    Sloooooow down, greenie…

    i underdig what you’re saying… but i dont think any of the people/groups you mentioned above have enough pull to do what you’ve described above…not yet. as long as the TI’s ultimately control large-scale distribution, the closest we’ll come to a paradigm shift is koch. and as long as music is profitable, no matter how small the margins become, business will be behind it cracking the whip, not ghostriding it.

  15. EnglandRepresent Says:

    Hip Hop artists were birthed from a revolutionary spirit, somewhere along the way, money has dulled that spirit and encouraged complacency.

    ^^Truth. Eloquently written Greenie. Everything is spot on. Dem is right though when he says that as long as business is driving the genre then there will always be a pressure on artists to fulfill a quota of albums regardless of whether they’re quality or not.

    Big ups girl.

  16. G7 Says:

    business not only has ruined hip hop, but it also has ruined sports. fukk business!!

  17. Jamz Says:

    Would the art by itself without the business of making money really be relevant today? The money is what makes folks pay atttention to the art, so without the ugly business side I think the art would suffer a tragic death? The derailment of the art’s initial intent is a sad result, but possibly a necessary circumstance? I’m with you though, I hope one day things will change for the better…

  18. the audience Says:

    Wise words Ms. Green…

    Creativity suffers when monitored by Business….this is the classic “left side of the brain (logic: math) vs. right side of the brain (creativity: art)”

    It’s very hard for both to co-exist at the same time at the same place….and much harder when it’s trying to be accomplished by one individual

    Business stifles Creativity (put inside the dreaded box we like to think outside of)

    Creativity baffles Business (anything outside of the realm of logic and the bottom line is unwarranted risk to profit)

  19. green eyes Says:

    thanks fellas.

    @ Dem– stop reading so closely! damn! j/k…good looking out, i actually caught them myself right before i logged off ans fixed.

  20. Broadway Joe 88 Says:

    >i left some fresh, hot, krispy kremes, lattes and turkey bacon on the table.

    Good post Green bean, now where the hell is the turkey bacon? lol & J/K

  21. the audience Says:

    Broadway Joe 88 Says:

    August 9th, 2007 at 9:57 am
    >i left some fresh, hot, krispy kremes, lattes and turkey bacon on the table.

    Good post Green bean, now where the hell is the turkey bacon? lol & J/K

    ================================

    ***BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRRRRPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!***

    Sorry Joe…..we didn’t know where you were coming over here…..We saw some stiff-ass grits and fried apples on the stove…..you can have that…..

    ***NOTE** ***NOTE** ***NOTE** ***NOTE** ***NOTE** ***NOTE**

    I refuse to bring that “other shit” that goes on next door to Ms. Green’s crib

  22. Big Homie Says:

    I just noticed the extreme amount of long words in this post. I think Greenie had intentions on doing that.

  23. Big Homie Says:

    WordPress 101 question

    I noticed at the bottom of my blog there is no link to go back to previous post. Did I somehow checked a box somewhere in the admin to deactivate it.

    Greenie or anybody let me know how to get it fixed

    LOL

  24. cOLD Says:

    music business = oxymoron

  25. Phuque Says:

    # cOLD Says:
    August 9th, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    music business = oxymoron

    ^^co-sign…great post green bean….

  26. green eyes Says:

    what up cold.
    thanks phuque

  27. cOLD Says:

    aint shit green, I need a break from Nah, its speeding over there. whats good tho, you havnt did a news round up in a minute. Whats poppin on the global scale.

  28. Phuque Says:

    Yo…on the real…this blog reminds me of some jazz spot that I should be going to, but for some reason I always end up chillin’ at the ghetto hole-in-the-wall Hip-hop nightclub that is NR…smh @ myself…

  29. green eyes Says:

    got a global review coming up next.. the world continues to go mad

  30. green eyes Says:

    lol@ phuques comparisons.. i feel you.. its just those ghetto spots are more fun. you know, less strict admission requirements

  31. green eyes Says:

    yo cold, how was wifeys birthday?

  32. Phuque Says:

    green eyes Says:
    August 9th, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    lol@ phuques comparisons.. i feel you.. its just those ghetto spots are more fun. you know, less strict admission requirements

    ^^word…to be honest I just blog in my spare time, and I don’t really take it seriously….but you make me wanna quit anyway…lol….

  33. green eyes Says:

    phuque… pshaw.. i love our blog. dont quit.

  34. cOLD Says:

    got a global review coming up next.. the world continues to go mad

    ^yea seriously, I cant imagine what the next 20 years is gonna bring.
    ————-

    Yea phuque greenie said it best, the hood spots be jumping, no dress code n shit, but you gotta watch the razors flying

  35. cOLD Says:

    damn green Im trying to remember, oh yea, we planned to go out but she was running late so we just ended up doing a quiet dinner, and I didnt buy her anything, we agreed that i’ll give her the credit card and she can buy herself somthing special. lol.

  36. green eyes Says:

    ^ say word. those bougie spots just dont compare with sippin on $1.50 moonshine w/ pookie and day-day

  37. Phuque Says:

    green eyes Says:
    August 9th, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    ^ say word. those bougie spots just dont compare with sippin on $1.50 moonshine w/ pookie and day-day

    ^^lol…you know? Broads w/ bullet wounds fighting over niggas who just got out of prison…gotta love it.

  38. green eyes Says:

    # cOLD Says:
    August 9th, 2007 at 4:38 pm edit

    damn green Im trying to remember, oh yea, we planned to go out but she was running late so we just ended up doing a quiet dinner, and I didnt buy her anything, we agreed that i’ll give her the credit card and she can buy herself somthing special. lol.

    ^ lol.. hey that works too

  39. cOLD Says:

    ^^lol…you know? Broads w/ bullet wounds fighting over niggas who just got out of prison…gotta love it.

    ^dont forget the smell of weed in the air (eventhough I dont smoke anymore)

  40. the audience Says:

    green eyes Says:

    August 9th, 2007 at 4:39 pm
    ^ say word. those bougie spots just dont compare with sippin on $1.50 moonshine w/ pookie and day-day

    ==========================

    Yeah…..but when “Twan” and “Fierce” enter the place, it’s time to leave…..
    you never wanna be considered “guilty by association”….

    I enjoy this spot……..it has “couth”………..

  41. green eyes Says:

    Yeah…..but when “Twan” and “Fierce” enter the place, it’s time to leave…..
    you never wanna be considered “guilty by association”….

    ^ or if you scream out “hey twin” six sets of brothers turn around

  42. MiamiDaze Says:

    Green did you go to the Rock the Bells on Sat.?

  43. green eyes Says:

    nah, i was out of town.

  44. MiamiDaze Says:

    It was a good show minus UGK and Banner.

  45. cOLD Says:

    couth

    ^havnt heard that word in a while

    speaking of words green, would you do a word of the day over here. That would mean you have to re-up on a new thread daily. Since this blog is informative, educative an all that it would be a good look.

  46. green eyes Says:

    minus them?? i would have thought theyd be hot. wait- are you an exNYer living in MIA, hating on the south?

  47. cOLD Says:

    I’ve been hearing good things about UGK’s album, … is it that wack

  48. green eyes Says:

    cold.. i could.. im try and do a post a day (no wknds) .. i could toss a word out there… there are few in this post that could work

  49. green eyes Says:

    # cOLD Says:
    August 9th, 2007 at 4:49 pm edit

    I’ve been hearing good things about UGK’s album, … is it that wack

    ^ I still need to listen., heard its fire though

  50. MiamiDaze Says:

    They didn’t fit the bill at all, UGK is original but Banner I’m glad he quit the tour. And yes i’m an ex NY. (BX). But check my name i never hate on the South.

  51. green eyes Says:

    ^ how was the local stage? most of those cats usually tear it up?

  52. the audience Says:

    green eyes Says:

    August 9th, 2007 at 4:49 pm
    cold.. i could.. im try and do a post a day (no wknds) .. i could toss a word out there… there are few in this post that could work

    ================================

    That would work……intellectual stimulation is needed to balance out what’s next door……..sorta like the library next door to the special ed class……

  53. green eyes Says:

    ^^lmao

  54. MiamiDaze Says:

    Garcia was a good performance and my man Craze did his thing on the turntables but it was so hot you could hardly walk. Ice Water performend and Mayday was ill.

  55. green eyes Says:

    cool, im sorry i missed it

  56. cOLD Says:

    peace yall catch you on the flip green.

  57. green eyes Says:

    peace cold

  58. cocca88crazy88since88 Says:

    green eyes Says:

    August 9th, 2007 at 5:03 pm
    thanks crazy
    …. (and ya’ll do realize you are allowed to post shit there too right??)

    ^^^
    LMAO…sorry greeny…

  59. green eyes Says:

    ^ 🙂 much better

  60. OnPoint Says:

    Pay this scholarly ass heffa now!

  61. green eyes Says:

    ^^ listen to this man!

  62. OnPoint Says:

    Oh, Landlord said it, so I thought it was the new slang nick or something

  63. green eyes Says:

    no, i meant listen to what he says and do it.

  64. Phuque Says:

    smh @ these niggas over at Nah….anybody over here?

  65. candyraindrops Says:

    good post green…I think what you just describe is/was lauryn hill’s struggle with hip-hop..she aint crazy..she smart to detach herself. or it could just be good marley dick..lol

  66. green eyes Says:

    i think l boogie had that struggle…but was crazy

  67. Phuque Says:

    LL:

    >>good marley dick

    ^^*blank stare*

    lol…

  68. green eyes Says:

    what up ll, phuque

  69. Phuque Says:

    l boogie was the dopest female emcee IMO…she’s living proof that there is a thin line between genius and insanity…

  70. green eyes Says:

    yup

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