Newest Lame-Ass Trend in Major Label Hip-Hop Exposed by NY Mag


R.A. the Rugged Man said it best: Every Major Record Label Sucks Dick. Major props to New York Mag writer Erika Ramirez for writing today about the latest bullshit going: signed artists pretending that they're unsigned to boost their indie cred (link and excerpt below). Sure - it's nothing new, and we've suspected it with many cats throughout the years, but it's always nice when someone does a bit of research to make a point. Oh - and for the record: I have nothing against Wiz Khalifa, even though Kush and Orange Juice is the lamest album title that I've ever heard (next to Ghetto Postage and Nastradamus, of course). The only thing worse is the thought of college kids finding it hilarious.

With his independently released mixtape So Far Gone, Drake went from digital dynamo (2,000 downloads in ten minutes) to Grammy nominee all before he signed on any dotted lines. Or maybe not: While a major-label bidding war supposedly raged, rumor had it that he was already signed to Young Money/Universal. Either way, the excitement around his quick, seemingly unassisted rise translated into true stardom. And today, a number of up-and-coming rappers, eager to re-create his magic, are at pains to represent themselves as boot-strapping independent artists — even when they’ve got freshly inked major-label deals. READ IT ALL HERE...
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