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The Day Hip-Hop Lost Its Voice (As it relates to the legendary ARTIST, Michael Jackson)
August 21, 2007

Words by Lucy Diamonds

Lately I’ve been wondering about the day
hip-hop lost its voice, so this article is dedicated to seeking an
explanation for what I like to call "the writers block era." What
happened to good music and good songs? Where are all the good writers
and good lyrics? Where’s the poetry? The vision? The art? Why is it all
so art-i-ficial now?


I’ll tell you the reason why record sales are at an all-time low, and trust me, it’s very
simple. It’s you! You are the reason! I am the reason. We are ALL the
reason. Anyone who claims to be an artist, or creates music in some
form, is the problem with the industry today. Think about it… "Record
sales." What is a record sale? Who makes the records? We do! We are the
creative force behind every product sold. So if our products don’t
sell, we aren’t doing OUR job. Quit blaming the internet. We’re already
learning to capitalize off of digital sales, and every other retailer
(not just music oriented) is booming from global internet sales.

The real
problem is that most artists aren’t making good records anymore — the
product is just not good, especially in hip-hop. For the most part,
hip-hop has become over commercialized with too many businessmen trying
to pretend to be artists who think they know what the consumer wants.
Most of your music isn’t good, it’s just catchy enough to get you a
very short-lived paycheck, and as a self-indulgent businessman, that’s
all you are really concerned about. Congratulations, you’ve just
conformed to the mentality of nearly all of these narcissistic industry
executives. But with everyone’s greed blinding them, they don’t notice
that these temporary cash cows only hurt in the long run is…

I worked with Bruce Swedien (Quincy Jones’ partner — and one of the
most successful men in the history of recorded music) he told me that
when he, Michael Jackson, and Quincy Jones were working on Thriller,
(which just happened to become the best selling album of all-time) the
music industry at that time in 1982 was at another all time low
. Kids
weren’t buying records then; they were going to the new video game
arcades and spending money on those stand-up, coin-operated games, not
on music. Epic Records was nervous that Thriller wouldn’t sell
very well, so Quincy Jones and Bruce Swedien’s theory was, "let’s drive
people back into the record stores." And they did… at a record
breaking level. Listen people, we can do that again. People say you
can’t sell millions of records like you could in the past, and here I
am asking "Why not?"

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