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Monday, December 22, 2014
A few weeks ago I wrote a piece entitled, “Why is Terrible Music Popular” where I attempted to gather insight as to why artists’ with lesser quality music have larger fan bases than artists who have been in the industry longer and have mastered their craft to an unparalleled degree. I used examples of mainstream favorites as well as current underground heavyweights in order to give my readers some perspective on this issue. Because the way I see it, if terrible music is the only music selling and music sales are at an all time low, then we’re about to crash and burn this industry unlike anything anyone is prepared to realize. Its reaching the end of 2014 and only one artist has released a platinum album this year, of course its Taylor Swift; go figure. This can only mean one thing in my personal opinion. And that remains clear that its become overly obvious that we’ve reached a turning point in the digital age of music and nobody, especially the labels and artists knows where to go from here. Truth is, I saw this coming several years ago. Even as as naive as I was as an aspiring artist, I knew the trends were shifting and with the current climate, there is no way things were ever going to be as they once were in the early 2000’s. We live in an age where information is immediately accessible and people have become used to this instant gratification which prevents them from seeing the bigger picture and looking several years or even months down the road. Its quite sad actually, and just like you can’t put a bandaid on a gun wound to heal it, this industry has been bleeding itself dry for quite sometime. I could point fingers but to be honest, we’re all to blame for it. The labels with their archaic business model refused to shift gears as the digital age hit head on. Artists refused to take responsibility settling for badly orchestrated record deals and quick paychecks. And the fans of the post file-sharing generation simply conditioned themselves to get used to not paying for a single shred of music. And here we are, almost 2015 and look who remains atop the music charts. The usual darlings of MTV/BET along with the random breakthrough artists who managed to build an internet buzz made up of die hard hipster fans that make sure their artists garner their fair share of popularity much against their philosophical tendencies. And as 2014 comes to a close, its become abundantly clear, fans are no longer going to pay for music. My question is how did it get this way? When I was 16-22 I was more than willing to take my overenthusiastic ass to best buy to cop the newest album from my favorite artists. So why can’t kids today shell out 9.99 for a digital album or even $5 on their favorite tracks? I don’t have the answer to that but I can take one quick glance at my twitter timeline and tell you we’re dealing with a generation of self-centered egomaniacs who have no appreciation for any of the technological advancements we’ve been given, nor the work that gets put into the entertainment they’ve been provided. They’d rather spend more time arguing on the comments section of YouTube videos than actively show support for their favorite artists until it comes time to attend a concert. Of course this isn’t entirely their fault. Popular music of numerous genres for the past decade has done well in pushing a message of egocentric behavior, caring of nothing but personal satisfaction that can only be fulfilled by sex, money, status, and recognition without any acknowledgment of the consequences of one’s actions. It doesn’t take a doctorate in sociology to see how obvious that reality is. And that’s why to be honest, I’m a tad bit afraid of what 2015 holds in store for us as a whole. The music industry is made up of so many participants of both professional and consumer backgrounds. And still, we have yet to come to a viable solution that makes it fair for everyone to get their deserving share of the pie. And let’s face it, we need to find some solution quickly because from what I can gather, regardless of who is topping the charts and selling albums, there is no shortage of talent out there. Its actually quite the contrary. There’s more talent than we know what to do with, which is also apart of the problem. But that topic is for another discussion, another day. Its high time we finally put away foolish pride and unite as a whole. Artists, industry professionals, and fans need to work together in order to revive this dying entity because lets face it, things can’t go on as they have been the past few years. Fact of the matter is, artists can’t make music with no money to cover the necessary expenses. And that being said, do we really want to live in a world where good music is virtually non-existent and hard to come by? Think about it for a minute. I think your precious need for it deserves at least that much.
After two NYPD officers were murdered in their squad car in Bed-Stuy on Saturday, politicians, activists, and celebrities have all spoken out about the assassination. And many prominent conservatives have chosen to blame Mayor de Blasio and President Obama for the deaths: "Quite frankly, the mayor ran an anti-police campaign last year when he ran for mayor," former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly told ABC News. "I think a lot of the rhetoric was [anti-police] at a time when the police had a 70% approval rating. Obviously that’s not the case now. They joined the de Blasio administration." "I think when the mayor made statements about how they had to train his son [Dante], who is biracial, to be careful when he’s dealing with the police, I think that set off this latest firestorm," Kelly added. Even former mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has been a constant critic of de Blasio and his policies, said that might be a bit much: "It goes too far to blame the mayor for the murder, or to ask for the mayor’s resignation,” Giuliani told Fox & Friends Weekend. Well, not that de Blasio isn't somewhat to blame: "But I don’t think it goes too far to say the mayor did not properly police the protests. He allowed the protesters to take over the streets. He allowed them to hurt police officers, to commit crimes, and he didn’t arrest them. And when you do that, similar to what happened in Crown Heights, you create a great riot. He should have known better. For that he has to take accountability." “I feel bad for the mayor," Giuliani continued. "He must be heartbroken over the loss of two police officers. I can’t believe this is what he wanted. I don’t [think] he’s a bad man in any way. I think he’s a man who’s pursuing the wrong policies." Lest you think Giuliani is going soft, he blamed Obama for supporting a hostile environment against cops while on Fox News this morning: "We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” Giuliani said this morning. "The protests are being embraced, the protests are being encouraged. The protests, even the ones that don’t lead to violence, a lot of them lead to violence, all of them lead to a conclusion. The police are bad, the police are racist. That is completely wrong." Mother Jones pointed out the absolute hypocrisy of Giuliani's statements: "Maybe lots of people support lots of things, and we can't twist that generalized support into blame for maniacs who decide to take up arms for their own demented reasons. Maybe that's a better idea after all."
During an appearance on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, Big Sean addressed rumors that “IDFWU” was directed at his ex, actress Naya Rivera. According to the Detroit, Michigan rapper, the song couldn’t have referred to Rivera since he was still dating the “Glee” star at the time. Big Sean even recalled playing the song for Rivera prior to its release months ago. He later referred to the DJ Mustard-produced song as more of an anthem than a diss song. “First of all, I wanna state that when we came out with the song I was in—Who people think the song is about, I vividly remember playing it for that person,” Big Sean said. “So, the point is though it wasn’t no diss song. Obviously, it just fit the situation. It feels good. It’s an anthem. And you know, I did go back and change a couple lines probably. I tweaked it…It’s a video. I just wanted to come up with a concept that was fun. You know what I mean? Something different. I didn’t want to stand in front of no Rolls Royce on some regular shit. We just had fun with the concept. I feel like it related to the song. I just wanted to show the different elements, the different meanings of the song. It’s just an anthem.” The Motor City wordsmith later revealed that an Eminem collaboration on one of his own albums is “possible.” He also confirmed that a “Detroit vs. Everybody” music video is in the works. “It’s possible. This [“Detroit vs. Everybody”] was the first collab. I want people to really—We shooting a video for it too by the way. Coming up,” the rapper said. In regards to his upcoming album, which he says he’s wrapping up right now, Big Sean says the project will touch on both the ups and downs of his life over the past year. “I mean, it’s kinda just a time capsule of my whole life in the last year,” he said. “So, you can just imagine all the things that I’ve been through…It’s ups and downs. It’s all gon’ make sense when I drop the album. When I drop the title and all that stuff.”
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Set to be announced at CES 2015, BMW unveils their fully-automated Remote Valet Parking Assistant. Using BMW i3's four laser scanners with the digital site plan of a building, like a multi-story car park for example, a user can activate the Parking Assistant via a Smartwatch, which then will steer the vehicle independently through the levels without the driver inside. The Remote Valet Parking Assistant recognizes the structural features of the car park and equally reliably steers round any obstacles that appear unexpectedly like other parked cars. Once the BMW i3 has parked, it locks itself and waits to be called by smartwatch and voice command. It will calculate the exact time a driver will arrive at the exit and starts up and drives at the precise time to meet them. Stay tuned for further details...
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
DJ Mister Cee resigned from Hot 97 less than a month ago and he already has a new job with the newly reformatted Radio 103.9. Mister Cee released an official statement to XXL about his latest venture.
“I AM EXCITED, HUMBLED, AND BLESSED TO BE BACK ON THE RADIO WITH THE NEW RADIO 103.9 IN NEW YORK. TO BE A PART OF A NEW GROWING STATION GIVES ME A FRESH START IN MY RADIO CAREER,” Mister Cee said. “SPECIAL THANKS TO KEN JOHNSON & RAPHAEL GEORGE FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY. ALSO A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ANDREW VERAS AKA DOMINICAN DREW FOR PUSHING FOR ME TO BE A PART OF THE RADIO 103.9 FAMILY, I WILL NEVER EVER FORGET IT.” (HipHopDX)