Industry rule #4080 : “The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation”
“Record company people are shady.” Wise words from the Abstract.
Recently I’ve read an interesting article on HipHopIsRead.com, it’s an anonymous letter from a former employee of one of the more established company in the music industry. It’s a bit of a read but it’s definitely worth it, cause if true (which wouldn’t surprise me frankly) it’s quite frightening to see how fucked up the industry is. And how far some people go for money. As the title suggest its about a secret meeting that would influence the Rap game, real cloak a dagger stuff. Not even exaggerating check out a passage from the letter :
At this point, my industry colleague who had first opened the meeting took the floor again and answered our questions. He told us that since our employers had become silent investors in this prison business, it was now in their interest to make sure that these prisons remained filled. Our job would be to help make this happen by marketing music which promotes criminal behavior, rap being the music of choice. He assured us that this would be a great situation for us because rap music was becoming an increasingly profitable market for our companies, and as employee, we’d also be able to buy personal stocks in these prisons. Immediately, silence came over the room. You could have heard a pin drop. I remember looking around to make sure I wasn’t dreaming and saw half of the people with dropped jaws. My daze was interrupted when someone shouted, “Is this a f****** joke?”
Check the full article on HHIR