robinvndamn asked: Do you think the whole "industry plant" thing that's thrown around for guys who come up quickly on the independent tip (macklemore, chance etc) is a legitimate thing or something the internet created to discredit guys work?
As far as those particular artists go I can tell you that’s absolutely crazy talk. Macklemore was selling out shows and crushing digital sales for years before anybody in the industry begrudgingly acknowledged his existence. He had to land a number one album to make that happen. Chance’s rise was more rapid but dude already had a solid local fanbase when 10 Day dropped in 2012 and nobody was touching him. Then he made a tape that was better than 10 Day and shit snowballed.
If you watch these things you’ll see these things. But a lot of these armchair internet A&Rs idiots have their blinders on so tightly, blocking out everything outside whichever corner of the culture caters directly to their interests. Then when something beyond that purview does become successful they get all huffy and confused and stubborn about it. Macklemore and Chance are both acquired tastes in very different ways but even if you loathe them it shouldn’t be hard to listen to either and recognize why they would organically and immediately connect with certain people. And when art truly connects in that manner it tends to spread quickly because there is now this web of interconnected computers throughout the world.
This sort of paranoia is understandable though. The industry and blog culture specifically has cultivated this environment of distrust with all these secret signings and backdoor bloggers turnt managers. And the whole mess does tend to trickle down from there but that has less to do with an Illuminato conspiracy than it does with sheer laziness/cowardice. Everyone in both the industry and critical spheres is looking at one another to see what’s hot instead of engaging the interests of real life audiences or just straight up trusting their own instincts. It’s a shit show that makes me sad and is a big part of the reason I don’t write as much anymore.
But here’s the thing - a secrete manager/label/publicist can get you on a blog or all the blogs or in a magazine or on a Kanye West song but they can’t actually make anyone care beyond the basest of cool kid hypebeast type posers (who will be over it and on to the next thing in six months anyway) and I guess a handful nerds overseas (which is where a lot of these guys will tour for the rest of their days). That thing the cigar chomping executive cliches of old always said about stars having IT is very real and generally speaking a plant won’t grow without IT word to Travis Scott.
thought this was very interesting. noz, man.
This is one of the first instrumentals made for the album that didn’t make the final cut. Silly tom fills.
praise the man responsible for showing many of us compassion & allowing us to have equal access to the rights of living in this country. Rest In Honor MLK.
I’ve been trying to get to bed earlier and I’ve been failing every night. Before I know it, it’s almost 2am again and I’m listening to this and having slight anxiety.
this song has been stuck in my head man… definitely one of the greatest moments of the film… Love it.