Fool me once, shame on you: fool me twice shame on me.
That's got to be what producer Bangladesh is thinking today, after admitting that he hasn't been compensated for constructing the "6'7" track for Lil Wayne's upcoming 'Tha Carter IV' album.
Mind you, this is the same producer who has complained in the past that he was never paid for the "A Milli" beat either.
"I f*ck with Wayne man. I had the opportunity to give him more music," Bang told MTV. "It's just hard to do. It's just hard to keep working for free. Aint got nothing to do with royalties, but you do work, you expect to get paid for the work and sh*t. You keep getting the run around so it's like you can't just keep giving somebody your best sh*t... it's hard to do."
Bangledesh had to know what he was walking into, and did it anyway. He wanted to the chance to work with Lil Wayne again after crafting 'Tha Carter III' banger, "A Milli." He took a leap of faith and may have struck out again.
He says there are several ways he could have been compensated.
"Producers get paid several ways - like there's different monies," Bang explained. "This aint got nothing to do with the royalties, it's just the fee what I charge for the beat and it hasn't been handled properly."
"6'7" will appear on on Wayne's upcoming 'Tha Carter IV' album.
Should we feel sorry for Bangledesh given the fact he wasn't paid before, and knew the risk going in?
- BRONX, NY, United States
- WELCOME , I GO BY THE NAME OF RAYDO. I WAS RAISED IN THE SOUTH BRONX, NEW YORK CITY SINCE THE AGE OF SIX YRS OLD.GROWING UP IN THE BRONX I WAS SORROUND BY THE ELEMENTS OF HIP-HOP, GRAFFITI , DEEJAYING, BREAKDANCING, RAPPING. I HAVE CREATED THIS WEBSITE TO PRAISE & PAY HOMAGE TO THE MEN & WOMEN BEHIND THE BOARDS MAKING THE BEATS FOR ALL YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS.REMEMBER HIP-HOP IS NOT DEAD AS LONG AS THE BEATS KEEP BANGIN'.
Friday, April 29, 2011
The news that alt pop group N.E.R.D., Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shae Haley, had joined the New Era Flagbearers lineup as part of the Fly Your Own Flag campaign took me back a few years to the days when Pharrell was taking on the role of high dollar tastemaker and New Era was pursuing limited edition local cap campaigns like they were a sneaker company. It's weird how quickly cutting edge marketing approaches become business as usual for reaching youth and/or the almost sacred to marketers realm of 18 to 35 year old males.
Viewing the New Era Flagbearers site, I'm immediately struck by the tension between the style of baseball players and the style of tastemakers from artistic realms. Baseball style has such a conservative vibe one almost feels sorry for New Era compared to sneaker companies who can connect basketball players and hip hop stars or even go straight to skateboarders and get it all in one package. But such tension doesn't really seem to be a problem for New Era, the Coke or Nike of the cap game, especially now that they have connections with seemingly every major sports association and continue to dominate style-conscious sectors with the 59Fifty.
The initial roster announced for 2011 Flagbearers featured athletes plus the Ghetto Film School. In fact, if one discounts spoken word artist Mason Granger, N.E.R.D. is the only true musical act in the Flagbearers lineup. And it makes me wonder about musicians as tastemakers in the second decade of the 21st Century, given that most of their tastemaking activity revolves around things other than music.
One of the reasons someone like Pharrell can take tastemaking to the bank is that hip hop went from the streets to the penthouse. That journey eventually included luxury endorsements followed by luxury product lines based on the taste of rappers, producers and the people they hired with taste. Rock has made a similar, if less excessive, journey but rap has almost always treated taking that money as a sign of success. One generally isn't labeled a hip hop sellout for enjoying material goods. Oddly enough to those who denigrate rap, it's the art itself that's held accountable by one's fanbase, not the lifestyle.
But hip hop also helped make the musician less necessary to aligning one's brand with tastemakers. Hip hop culture is identified as including rapping, dj'ing, breakdancing, graffiti and, though so many have forgotten, beatboxing. This short list of skill areas has gone through many changes over the years but the strong identification of hip hop music with dance and visual arts has helped pave the way for individuals with less brand recognition to move into the limelight. As more and more companies aligned themselves with street artists working their way into the gallery system, music video directors working towards Hollywood and tshirt creators dreaming of three piece suits, the less necessary it became to get a musician on board to harvest that elusive substance called cool.
That's not to say that musicians are going out of style as tastemakers but it does mean that they have to share those precious revenue streams with artists from other disciplines. And it raises the question of whether folks like Pharrell have undermined themselves, perhaps even jumping the shark, when the highest artistic praise he or Kanye West has to give seems to be reserved for Louis Vuitton.
This line of thought doesn't even address the endless brand extensions that can start to turn a musician's personal brand, built on music, into a parody. Snoop Dogg might be forgiven when a relative pushes a Snoop Dogg hot dog line cause Snoop's brand is parodic but what does it mean when Pharrell starts putting outcandles based on his hand gestures? It's like the Blue Man Group tried to go upscale and only succeeded because it was a limited edition item whose sales aren't tracked publicly.
Granted most musicians don't really have to be concerned with such opportunities. Usually one has to worry more about album art and tshirt designs. But as music sales become lesser revenue streams and musicians seek even more ways to extend their appeal into other realms, they're quite right in being hesitant about how their brands are deployed. Most musicians already recognize that having mass-produced items flooding the market can kill one's credibility. Now they're burdened by the recognition that even limited edition luxury items can extend one's brand into a realm that doesn't ultimately support their musical identities and that being identified as a tastemaker can eventually transform an artist into a marketer.
Craze related some of his experience from touring with Kanye on the emcee’s 2008 Glow In the Dark Tour. He stated, “I was just thinking, ‘Kanye, the superstar guy, was gonna finish doing his the show, go to an after party, get with the hoes, just be a rock star,’ and none of that [happened.] The whole time we were on tour he was working on 808s And Heartbreak. When we were in China…everybody went to the Great Wall to check it out. And I was like, ‘Where’s [Kanye] at?’ And they were like, ‘He’s in the studio.’…He had a makeshift studio in the dressing room and he was always, always working. This guy wasn’t getting any sleep. He wasn’t messing with girls or trying to go party…The work ethic was just incredible.”
Thursday, April 28, 2011
USB flash drives are really boring. They just look like each other and failed to surprise you. But we you see here are two custom-made flash with a based on calssic Hip Hop equipments.
The first one is the Akai MPC 2000XL flash drive that shaped like the classic drum machines / sampler. Another one is the E-Mu SP-1200 flash drive, based on the 12-Bit drum machine / sampler.
Both drives has 4GB capacity and “Super Durable PVC Rubber Construction” and “Ultra High Detail”. They are priced at $39.95.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Veteran Hip-Hop group Lords of the Underground (LOTUG) will celebrate their 20th year as a unit with the release of their 5th, untitled album.
According to group member "Doitall" Du Kelly, group members Mr. Funke and DJ Lord Jazz have spent hours crafting the new record, which s being Executive Produced by rap legend Marley Marl.
All three members of the Newark,
LOTUG's 1993 debut album Here Comes The Lords produced five records that charted, including their biggest hit singles "Chief Rocka" and Funky Child."
"It's time, man. We've toured the world, we've done our separate ventures, and now, we go back to what brought us to the dance," Doitall told AllHipHop.com in a statement. "This time, it's for not just us, but the fans as well."
At press time, there is no release date, or album title for Lords of the Underground's 5th studio album.