Viacom Media Does Not Care About Ed O.G. And The Bulldogs…

I’m sure that the majority of you go to CNN’s website right after leaving XXLMAG dot com’s page. How else would you kids stay so well informed? So you all must have heard that Viacom Media, the Tall Israelis that own B.E.T. and MTV networks was going to sue online search engine giant Google and their subsidiary YouTube for one and a half billion dollars.

The funny thing to me is that the word billion doesn’t even represent real money to me. The truth that the entertainment industry generates hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue each year is mind numbing. Is that how much money we are spending collectively? Instead of investing in ourselves, or our children’s futures, we are making it rain for these corporations. Don’t believe the hype about music sales being down either. People are still spending their money on something. The last I read is that savings accounts weren’t growing so that money has to be going somewhere. Think about this… When Napster was still illegal people were still buying CD’s. Now that Napster is legal, CD sales… Not so much. Don’t look now, but someone at Universal might be cooking their books with the Enron stylee.

So Viacom Media decides to sue Google and YouTube for copywrite infringement. I hope Google hits Viacom in the face with a ‘Ho Sit Down’. Viacom is not Universal when it comes to content. As a matter of fact, Viacom is the weed carrier to Universal, Warner Bros. and just about everybody else including Fox. The only thing I may have watched on YouTube from Viacom’s camp are the clips from the Colbert Show and maybe some old Beavis and Butthead shit. In reality, most of the shit uploaded to YouTube is user based content that shows people busting their asses on skateboards or being eaten by sharks. Since when has Viacom broadcast one of their original programs that was worth pressing the rewind button for?

Music fucking TeleVision and their parent corporation are dinosaurs that need to be shot in the head. The limited format and playlist of MTV has always meant that more compelling and provocative Hip-Hop had to be broadcast elsewhere, and when Viacom purchased the last remaining outlet for gaining national recognition with a rap video the game got fucked the fuck up. Part of the reason that mainstream Hip-Hop has lost the diversity of subject matter is because the same family of dimwits program the Viacom and ClearChannel networks. The people they hire to work these outposts are just as stupid or scared to lose their jobs as well paid yes men. This lawsuit by Viacom is the scream of a dying corporation.

It’s not like I’m such a big fan of YouTube either, but they were the only outlet to see some rare, archival footage of all kinds of performers. The process for broadcasting that footage was at its base, the height of democracy. If you had a video, you posted it. If the people liked it, they watched it and then passed it on to their friends. How simple is that? Giving the people what they want when they want it is the cornerstone of America’s capitalism. The entertainment industry has waited so long to embrace the evolution of digital technology that now they are scrambling to monetize anything and everything. I say eff them for what they did to DJ Drama, and the kid from Napster, and all those people who got letters in the mail from the RIAA.

After Google beats back this Viacom lawsuit we will have to figure out a way to bring down YouTube. Them niggas is too big right now, but at least they run all the Hip-Hop videos from back in the day. Where else are you gonna be able to see the D.O.C., the godfather of gangsta rap?

  • EReal

    So Viacom is suing them for other people uploading videos of their old shit on YouTube??
    I dont get it, wheres the liability here?
    Fuck Viacom, like people are running out to buy the 2nd season of rugrats on DVD and shit. What the fuck.
    Its supposed to be a sharing site, but you can only share certin shit now??

    YouTube sucks now anyway, its like a video version of myspace. Ghey.
    The only shit I really watch are battles, diss vids, shit like that, and pretty much only the ones linked from XXLmag, besides that, graff vids, thats it.
    This is what happens when americans take a good idea, build an awesome sharing site and then sell it to the highest bidder. Its like Myspace now, totally sold out and all about maximizing paper. There’ll be more like this, sites that are groundbreaking and instead of doing a good thing for the country and keepin it ours, they’ll sell to the highest bidder too.
    Welcome to the real capitalism, the all mighty dollar.

    1 hunned.

  • young88

    Good Post, it’s all over as we know it 4 viacom and its about time anyway, and mtv needs 2 be shut down 4 makin being gay look fun and positive cuz little kids will see that and it’ll brashwash their brains! Mtv goin to hell and bet will 2 if they dont get they act right!

  • sATaLyte

    Sorry mane, I was watching that c.u.r.t.i.s pt 2 last night and singing youtube’s praises.

    Need that in my life.

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    “Black people unite and let’s all get down”

  • Young cane

    1st

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    YouTube is that crack, and after we bring Viacom to it’s knees YouTube will be next unless they hurry up and put that compensation rule into effect.

    There have been YouTube users that have uploaded videos with views in the millions. Them peoples deserve some of that money that Google spent to buy YouTube don’t you think?

  • FLIP

    Not if they ain’t shoot the videos themselves. I know one thing, somebody owes Afroninja some money!

  • Pancho

    hmm…

    f*ck Viacom…they ruin anything their hands touch upon…

    Youtube gonna get f*cked up, Google gonna get f*cked up…

    DAMN…if only people weren’t so lazy, we could all unite to take out these TI’s…

  • FROSTYFREEZE

    Speaking of Obscure ish on YouTube, I just found Luke’s “Cowards in Compton” video last week. I was all set to watch it again today and *POOF*, it’s been pulled.

    They should split Viacom’s music videos into 2 categories:

    -Current videos that all sound the same and MTV/BET only plays when everyone is asleep or at work anyway

    -Old School Videos from people who actually put an effort into not having their videos sound like everyone else’s videos.

    YouTube gets the first category, Viacom can keep the rest. Deal?

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    ^word

  • Meka Soul

    perhaps if viacom played music that caters to everyone & not just the “gullible enough to buy this crap” crowd, perhaps consequence would have sold more than 8,000 copies his 1st week out.

    ah, who am i kidding? nobody was gonna buy that shit either.

    i suppose i should chuck my illegal copy out my ipod now.

  • Meka Soul

    there’s always daily motion…

  • John Cochran

    It’s not suprising at all. You know the man in the big office gotta find a way to eat off everything. Man, without youtube, I couldnt see fifty aimimg a gun at a camera, buffie the body giving a brotha a lap dance, or that guy in that battle gettin styled on. What a shame.

  • king blair

    you can’t even watch porn on youtube that shit is so ’05 only hipsters and anime freaks be on that shit now we need to start a petition to get big lez and joe clair back on rap city i remember the wu-tang episode when them ninjas were freestyling at a pizza spot

  • Eman

    Nothing Like classic Wu videos or No limit videos its like you have to have old videos availble somewhere just to understand the history of hip hop culture and plus its not like you can download shit people just watch them whatever they do fuck em.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Joe Clair was a hump but Big Lez was cool. She’s a lez too… allegedly.

    • Soulman

      BILLY X YOU’VE FALLEN INTO THAT TRAP THAT SO MANY PEOPLE WHO DON’T USE THEIR BRAINS FALL INTO. I’VE KNOWN LESLIE ALL OF HER LIFE AND I GUESS YOU DIDN’T PUT TOGETHER THAT LEZ IS SHORT FOR LESLIE. JUST LIKE JOE IS FOR JOSEPH. THAT’S IT & WHY PEOPLE FEEL THE NEED TO PUT ANYTHING ELSE ON IT, IS BEYOND ME.

      IF HAVING MUSCLES MAKES HER A DIKE THEN I GUESS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THIS GYMNAST/DANCER DO HER THING ACROSS FILM & TV.

      WHAT ELSE IS SHE SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE. YOU’RE PROBABLY ONE OF THOSE INSECURE MEN WHO CAN’T TAKE A WOMAN BEING IN BETTER SHAPE THAN YOU! LOOK AT THE TRACK STARS. IF YOU KNOW HER HISTORY THEN YOU KNOW SHE WENT TO COLLEGE ON A GYMNASTICS SCHOLARSHIP. YOU DON’T GET THAT BY LOOKING FLABBY & PERFORMING WHACK.

      BEING MUSCULAR & FIT & TALENTED DOESN’T DEFINE YOUR SEXUALITY. YOU’VE PROBABLY NEVER MET LEZ, DON’T KNOW HER REAL NAME, DON’T KNOW PEOPLE WHO KNOW HER, AND MIGHT JUST BE ONE OF THOSE MEN SHE SIMPLY WASN’T INTERESTED IN (A MAN WHO CAN’T HANDLE REJECTION)

      YET YOU’VE POSTED THIS “ALLEGED ASSUMPTION” AND IT’S REALLY PATHETIC THAT YOU WOULD ATTEMPT TO DEFAME ONE OF HIP HOP’S ICONS!

      MY BLOOD IS HER BLOOD….I KNOW LESLIE, I KNOW HER FAMILY, I KNOW HER EX-BOYFRIENDS…I KNOW HER STORY & HER LIFE..AND I’M SURE YOU DON’T…..THINK BEFORE YOU PUT BULL**** INTO THE UNIVERSE!

  • Davinche

    Fucking great post Billy. Your best shit by far. I guess the obligatory “Nullus” is needed.

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    Old white men is runnin’ this rap shit,
    Corporate forces runnin’ this rap shit,
    Some tall Israeli is runnin’ this rap shit,
    We poke out our asses for a chance to cash in.
    Cocaine, is runnin’ this rap shit,
    ‘Dro, ‘yac and e-pills is runnin this rap shit,
    MTV is runnin’ this rap shit,
    Viacom is runnin’ this rap shit,
    AOL and Time Warner runnin’ this rap shit,
    Quasi – homosexuals is runnin’ this rap shit.

  • Combat Jack

    Co-sign on Afro-Ninja. Dude needs his own viewer submitted content based entertainment show.

  • empryssofmarlyn

    veri informative article

    and all this tyme i thought youtube was a useful resource to watch South Park at skool when i could be actually learning something useful
    now i kno i’m jus feeding some whyte fuck who is slowly destroying rap musiq as we know it (or jus making worse)
    Death to viacom b/c destroying viacom means no more Black Explotation Television and MTV

  • http://www.myspace.com/theanticorp SONNY CHEEBA

    Good post… That Mos Def quote E said was on the money!

    But who am i kidding, i’m trying to get rich too!

  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    Ayo Sunday…I had to flip ur B-Ball style..hope u like the read:

    dahshyt.blogspot.com/2007/03/bow-wow-is-tim-duncan-of-this-rap.html

    Holla!

  • nation
  • Meka Soul

    big lez could get it on any day that ends in “y.”

  • DANJA29

    Shit is crazy. What, are they worried that people watchin’ videos on Youtube is gonna distract them from watchin’ videos on THEIR stations? Whaen the FUKK is the last time you seen a video on MTV?!

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Viacom is desperate to stay relevant. MTV turned 25 years old last year. Everyone knows that when you turn 25 your azz is officially old and you should start raising kids.

  • Cuban Link

    I watched that shit from South Park from the game show where they have N_GGA and they need to guess the word lol funny shit that has me rolling but of course that shit gets robbed too FUCK THE WORLD!!!

  • Dr Flav

    This was good, Im no hater, if props are due, I give em. Viacom wants in, plain and simple and they own a whole lot of media, Dont Sleep.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    ^Yeah Viacom wants in but they are trying to bully Google to come to the table. The suit is patently frivilous but if Viacom’s lawyers have a connect with the judiciary shit will get dicey for Google/YouTube.

    It’s like this, YouTube and Google get it. Make everything accessible to the people – buffet style. Those that want Lil’ Wayne can get that and those that want the Wu can get theirs too.

    Viacom’s agenda is too narrow minded. That’s why their viewership is waning now.

  • Notorious A.G.C.

    Billy X just “ETHERED” leadin blogger nerd BOL wit dis post..BOL still talkin bout lupe fiasco lol…GOOD POST

  • http://www.unkut.com Robbie

    Not to mention Adult Swim just removed all the Aqua Teen videos the other day…

  • rec

    “stop wasting your money on marketing schemes/and pretty packages pushing ki’s to fiends” KRS-One circa. 1995

  • EReal

    Can someone explain to me how Viacom owns rap videos??
    I thought the label owns the shit because they paid for it and the channel just plays it, when does it become Viacom’s property??
    I can see maybe re-runs of The (Ghey) Rapper Show being a problem, but how can they claim the music videos??

  • lex

    Check out this congressman from Pittsburgh. He is trying to rep for mixtapes and hip-hop. He enven name drops Drama

    http://splashcastmedia.com/us-rep-defends-mixtapes-and-mashups-on-floor-of-congress

  • jacquez
  • John Brown

    Billy,

    Now this is fucking HIP-HOP JOURNALISM ON A HIGHER LEVEL. great post.

  • derfla the hus’la

    these monopolyising faggots betta get they mind right they feel threatend by them youtubes and it’s about time someone put em in they place coz they think people watching they station are dumb.

    good question Ereal that shit is mind blowing.

  • http://www.myspace.com/friscorepresenter anthony

    Yeah man youtube sucks balls now anyway! Everything sucks after u sell it ie myspace! Facebook! Youtube! I kant even watch girls shake their ass n they room no more lol

    But viacom shuld really play more then the same ol videos they play and maybe people wouldt go 2 youtube

  • J.R.O.

    Real T, Sunday. I used to be on youtube.com all of the time, but since they fucked with all my playlists (’cause of them bastards Viacom), I don’t fuck with it as much. Good lookin’ for letting me know what the hell is goin on.

  • Dr Flav

    Yo you right Sunday, and by forcing a You Tube collaboration thats how Viacom going to strong arm that loot, cause either Google going for the settlement to keep the content or removing it totally and saying fuck Viacom. E REAL, if the videos were lifted off Rap City or Yo MTV Raps then they are considered part of the tv program licensed by Viacom. A good example of what you speakin on are those Prodigy, 50 or Cam straight from the crib/video studio to You Tube joints.

  • http://www.bonfiles.com Bonfiles Lenoir

    Homie has a little air of arrogance towards the end but an excellent addendum to this great post. 4 parts.

    http://www.myspace.com/dbrad76

  • http://www.myspace.com/ghanghiskhan Da 4 Building

    Fuck Viacom. If they would stop showing bullshit videos on their networks then people wouldn’t have to watch Youtube 4 good videos. I don’t need 2 watch a music video 4 half naked chicks when I could pop in a flick that have naked chicks. Dumb asses took off Duckdown by BDP.

  • breeze-a-leo

    real shit… if not for youtube you wouldnt get the real street shit tho! http://youtube.com/larcenyent

  • mannyworld33

    @ cuban

    http://www.southparkzone.com
    they got every episode mayne!

  • SOULMAN

    ILLY X YOU’VE FALLEN INTO THAT TRAP THAT SO MANY PEOPLE WHO DON’T USE THEIR BRAINS FALL INTO. I’VE KNOWN LESLIE ALL OF HER LIFE AND I GUESS YOU DIDN’T PUT TOGETHER THAT LEZ IS SHORT FOR LESLIE. JUST LIKE JOE IS FOR JOSEPH. THAT’S IT & WHY PEOPLE FEEL THE NEED TO PUT ANYTHING ELSE ON IT, IS BEYOND ME.

    IF HAVING MUSCLES MAKES HER A DIKE THEN I GUESS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THIS GYMNAST/DANCER DO HER THING ACROSS FILM & TV.

    WHAT ELSE IS SHE SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE. YOU’RE PROBABLY ONE OF THOSE INSECURE MEN WHO CAN’T TAKE A WOMAN BEING IN BETTER SHAPE THAN YOU! LOOK AT THE TRACK STARS. IF YOU KNOW HER HISTORY THEN YOU KNOW SHE WENT TO COLLEGE ON A GYMNASTICS SCHOLARSHIP. YOU DON’T GET THAT BY LOOKING FLABBY & PERFORMING WHACK.

    BEING MUSCULAR & FIT & TALENTED DOESN’T DEFINE YOUR SEXUALITY. YOU’VE PROBABLY NEVER MET LEZ, DON’T KNOW HER REAL NAME, DON’T KNOW PEOPLE WHO KNOW HER, AND MIGHT JUST BE ONE OF THOSE MEN SHE SIMPLY WASN’T INTERESTED IN (A MAN WHO CAN’T HANDLE REJECTION)

    YET YOU’VE POSTED THIS “ALLEGED ASSUMPTION” AND IT’S REALLY PATHETIC THAT YOU WOULD ATTEMPT TO DEFAME ONE OF HIP HOP’S ICONS!

    MY BLOOD IS HER BLOOD….I KNOW LESLIE, I KNOW HER FAMILY, I KNOW HER EX-BOYFRIENDS…I KNOW HER STORY & HER LIFE..AND I’M SURE YOU DON’T…..THINK BEFORE YOU PUT BULL**** INTO THE UNIVERSE!