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21 Responses to “Killer Mike on Audience Responsibility”
Well there just isn’t enough people who give a fuck about music enough for them to spend time on the internet just to find out about new artists, as dope as they may be. That’s how I think it is.
I have many friends who love hip hop music, is what they listen to. But they like to listen to the same god damn Gangstar record year after year and occasionally they might try something new if they happend to like what I play when they are in the car with me.
Music is killing the other forms of art right now, nobody reads peotry and there’s not alot of people reading anything at all. And still, as dominating music is as the way we experience art most people just don’t care enough to want to find out about music they don’t already know about. And they certainly doesn’t feel they have a responsibilty to do so.
So if these artists that in my opinion deserves to be heard more is going to be heard more, what need to change is somehow people will have to start choosing what to listen to by thinking about the product, rather than just listen to what the people sorrounding listen to (or however people who are not music nerds reasons as they put music on their ipods).
That’s just a theory, a theory that someone else probaly explained better somewhere else.
It’s a simple argument, but I buy it. I remember when I was a kid, the library is where I lived – I found music there, and I would sometimes troll the microfilm just because it was interesting – but I was limited by what they on file there. It’s overwhelming what people have access to now. A few minutes ago, I decided that I wanted to hear more from B.o.B. than that “Should Have Been…” comp from earlier this year, and about 20 minutes later, I have three new mixtapes of music on my computer. That’s just crazy.
But that’s also why people come to this site. Noz somehow got his hands on a shitload of rap music and absorbed it while most of us were just soaking up what they played on The Box or Yo! MTV Raps or whatever. I knew guys like that in high school and college. You’d be like, “Oh! I just heard _____,” and they’re like, “Oh, I’ve BEEN into that.” CBRAP is a filter like the radio used to be…
In a way, though, this nearly unlimited accessibility is too overwhelming. It’s hard now for an artist to grow in the public spotlight and expect the listener to grow with them. New material is released at such a high rate as established and aspiring rappers have learned to exploit the internet better than any other artists. It seems like tens of mixtapes are released weekly and while a relatively small number are consistently good, most have at least some good songs on them.
Because of this perpetual tidal wave of new music I have to choose which to listen to, and this means that if I find an artist unimpressive the first go around, I’m far less likely to give attention to subsequent efforts. Our attention spans are short in such a fast paced market, and if you’re not putting out new material quickly enough, you’re liable to lose some of your audience. And then of course, the emphasis shifts from quality to quantity. It’s an interesting conundrum.
I hear you, August – but you could argue that the pace of release is a little closer (though certainly not identical) to the pace of release that artists had to match about 30-40 years ago. The string of Beatles, Dylan, Elvis Costello and David Bowie albums that people consider to be classics came out over the course of about 5 years per artist. You released something each year, and then you toured like a motherfucker. One difference is that the record label was relevant, but not monolithic – and they allowed you to release a total dud of a record and then live to record another day…whereas now, they are irrelevant and have no patience anyway.
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no, its up to the artists to create dope music…and in hiphop the fact is artists frm the past make better music then artists of the present…if the dope music is made u will hear about it off the internet…the revolution will not be televised in other words
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KM is a great artist, but part of me thinks if/when he retires he could be a Chuck D style commentator and be way more effective than Chuck ever was (no disrespect to Chuck D). That said, I know he’s tried his hand at blogging and maybe there’s just not so many people who have ears to hear what he has to say.