Is Green Lantern accepting payola?

“DJs used to check for a record, now these dudes want a check for a record.” – Sean Price

One of my favorite scenes in a film in the past several years that didn’t involve any reverse cowgirl was that scene in Hustle and Flow where DJay goes to a club where he knows Ludacris is gonna be; sits down at Ludacris’ table and talks all this shit to him about how he’s such a big fan of his, and how Ludacris’ early material was such an inspiration; and then gives Ludacris a copy of his demo tape. Then Ludacris takes said demo tape into the restroom, drops it into a toilet and takes a piss on it.

Ha!

I’m not nearly as big a fan of the following scene, where DJay goes into the restroom, finds his demo in the toilet floating in a puddle of piss, retrieves it, then proceeds to beat the living shit out of Ludacris. One of my goals for my career as a hip-hop journalist that doesn’t involve taking advantage of a woman is to recreate that scene with with one of you MySpace rappers’ mixtape or whatever, and the last thing I need is to get the shit kicked out of me just because you assholes can’t figure out a better way to escape your menial existence than to further ruin hip-hop with your god-awful budget Jay-Z routine.

Hence, I wasn’t sure how to feel just now, when I read this post by some bum rapper I’ve never heard of about how he went to see DJ Green Lantern spin at a club, approached the DJ with some joints for him to play on his show on Sirius Satellite Radio, and Green Lantern supposedly told him he wasn’t trying to hear that shit, unless this kid was prepared to cut him a check.

And I quote:

At the end of the night I said what up to Green and made a move to get him some music for his Sirius Satellite Radio show. He looked at me and was like thats cool, but uh “Ya’ll got a check???” And then says cause “You know brothas gotta pay the rent!”

Hmm…

On the one hand, if this is true, I’d have to say that’s some fucked up shit – in the sense that DJs charging people to play their records is wrong, both in the sense that it’s somewhat illegal, and in the sense that it does a disservice to the consumer. Lets say this bum Kaos could actually afford whatever it costs to have your joint played on Green Lantern’s Show on Sirius Satellite Radio. Why should I have to listen to some shit I don’t want to hear just because Green Lantern got paid some money.

I’m not getting paid for that shit!

As far as the legal aspect of this shit is concerned. I’m not sure if the same laws that govern terrestrial radio also govern satellite radio – since these satellite stations are owned by private companies, and I know they can get away with a lot more shit content-wise than regular radio stations. But I’m assuming that’s shit’s not any more kosher on radio you have to pay for than it is on radio you get for free, if only because satellite radio is – after all – some shit you have to pay for.

Why should I have to shell out $7 a month or whatever satellite radio costs (I could get a tank and a half of gas for that!) just for the privilege of hearing some shit I probably wouldn’t even be hearing, if some bum-ass mixtape DJ hadn’t received a handful of sweaty dollar bills in exchange for playing it?

On the other hand, I can’t fault Green Lantern too much for what he may or may not have done. If I was him, I would’ve charged the kid a grip of money, then took his shit into the bathroom and took a piss on it and not even played it on my show. I mean, how could the kid even retaliate against Green Lantern for pulling some shit like that, aside from beating the living shit out of him? Payola is illegal anyway. Trying to get Green Lantern busted for some shit like that would be like calling the cops because you got robbed during a drug deal.

Also, let’s keep it real, this kid’s motivation in trying to get Green Lantern to play his shit on the air probably weren’t all that altruistic anyway. He was just trying to get his shit played on the radio so he could get a record deal and make a shiteload of money – just like any number of other people in hip-hop these days. If he was just doing this shit for the love of the art, he could post his shit on the Internets and be done. I mean, he’s got his own blog, fer chrissakes. He should use it.

But if all he’s trying to do is get a leg up in the industry, which is what I suspect, then I’m at a loss for why him having to pay somebody should be such a travesty. As the kid who writes the Scratch blog once pointed out, hip-hop these days is full of mofos looking for free shit from people, and then getting all pissed at you when you want something in exchange. I’m not saying Green Lantern is right for accepting payola, if that’s what he’s doing. I’m just saying.

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  • http://MYSPACE.COM/COLLINSGRIFFIN HOLLYWOOD_P

    A WISE MAN ONCE TOLD ME…IF YOU WONT INVEST MONEY IN YOURSELF WHY WOULD YOU EXPECT A RECORD LABEL TO….NIGGAS DONT RESPECT FREE OR FAVORS…

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  • Neven

    Another reason for HIp hOP going down hill instead of playing something you like or you think others will like. You play it on what face in on the bill your handing him. NO wonder you have G Unit on the radio all day 50 is paying Green with buck’s money to have the spins. If this is the way Dj’s are going to support the culture (that was started by a DJ)then artists should just go the the Internet and set up social networks like NYOIL, then maybe some day the DJ will be extinct.

  • Mean Greene

    Payola is a way of life man. Sheeit, every artist I know includes ‘getting spins’ in his budget. And I should know, I live in DJ Khaled’s market.

  • Pierzy

    I know a bunch of people that work in radio and payola exists constantly. How the fuck else do shitty ass songs get burn in prime spots? I heard a show one time where the DJ asked, “You wanna hear this song?” and the dude on the phone said, “Nah, not really” and they played it anyway! I mean, it’s funny but it’s fucked up too.

    • http://xxlmag.com Bol

      >I heard a show one time where the DJ asked, “You wanna hear this song?” and the dude on the phone said, “Nah, not really” and they played it anyway!

      Roffle.

  • http://www.ronmexicocity.com ron mexico

    this is why i don’t listen to the radio

    …or bum ass niggas.

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    DJ Green Lantern’s name sounds like the name a Gay/Emo/LOGO Channel DJ might name himself, anyways if I was that kid I woulda kicked the living Shit outta DJ Aquaman and called it a Day. Atlast though, 9 times out of 10 shorty’s Rap Skills were on par with that of Souljah Boy and DJ Green Lantern was doing Hip-Hop a favor becuz most of these kids nowadays make Music that sounds like they’re suffering from lifelong ADHD. Anyways fluck it, Chi-Town Southside Wild Wild 100′s stand the Fuck Up!!!

  • http://suckapunk.blogspot.com Suckapunkin’

    I imagine the money is so the kid’s tape isn’t pissed on, by which I mean Green Lantern needs some kind of screening process to determine what he actually listens to, since he probably gets more tapes then he has free time. He needs to listen to shit before he puts it on the air, just to make sure he doesn’t put something on the air that gets his ass sued. So he listens to stuff by people that pay him, pisses on the rest, and then determines what will make the show. It’s a flawed screening process, but one that’s effective and profitable.

  • dj ashy fingerz

    its legal to accept money for spins but you have to announce that you got paid to play it. And its so obvious nowadays I don’t know why more djs dont keep it real and do that..

  • myspace.com/yeahirap

    most rappers can’t rap but that does not stop them from play. I guess He does not get paid enough doing the actual show so he needs money to play artist who ar enot known.Dj Vlad’s manager told me it will coast $600 to get a spot on one of his mixtapes these guys want extra money out the poccet already knew

  • http://www.thekaoseffect.com/blog Senor Kaos

    DO YA HOMEWORK FAT BOY! I AINT ONE OF THOSE MYSPACE RAPPERS YOU REFERRED TOO. VINTAGE IMPERIAL IS THE CREW, OUR MUSIC HAS PLAYED AROUND THE WORLD FOR YEARS INCLUDING MAJOR RADIO IN LONDON AND TOKYO, AND I’VE NEVER PAID A DJ TO PLAY MY MUSIC.

  • T. Jones

    Yeah http://thekaoseffect.com/blog/?p=1344 had a post on this yesterday.Green Lantern was in Atl the other nite. Shouts out 2 my nigga SENOR KAOS thekaoseffect.com/blog

  • http://www.thekaoseffect.com/blog Senor Kaos

    DO YA HOMEWORK FAT BOY! I AINT ONE OF THESE MYSPACE RAPPERS YOU REFER TOO. VINTAGE IMPERIAL IS THE CREW FROM ATLANTA. OUR MUSIC HAS BEEN PLAYED AROUND THE WORLD FOR YEARS ON MAJOR RADIO STATIONS IN LONDON, TOKYO ETC. AND I’VE EVEN BEEN FEATURED IN XXL MAG WHO BLOG FOR. AND I’VE NEVER HAD TO PAY A DJ TO SPIN MY MUSIC, WONT START NOW!!!

  • T.A.B. (The Anti-Bol)

    That scene where luda pisses on dude’s demo is not cool, specially after he gave his a FREE bag of weed. Step ur shit up you fat herb.

  • larry brite

    thanks for also waiting like 3 hours to post my shit retard

  • midwest

    payola is (I assume) like steroids in baseball. Alot of players do it, but at the end of the day the true talent (or marketability in hip hop) will shine through. Barry Bonds is a steroid addict but he is also one of the best ever.im sure the same can be said for many relevant rappers.

  • ChicaGOrilla

    Family let’s get some stuff straight first. Dude you really shouldn’t run around calling brothers BUM rappers or whatever unless you know they bum rappers. That’s disrespectful! Second as a hip hop journalist I would imagine that you would have done some type of research on my man before you posted this. Kaos been putting in work on the Atlanta underground for YEARS!! Recently he opened up for EMC (Masta Ace, Punchline, Wordsworth & Strcklin), hosted & performed @ the A3C (check Myspace TV), and had his records sold over in Japan for a minute. Now with that said, no one said Green Lantern doesn’t have a right to make a living or get paid for what he does. The point was that he hadn’t even heard the material and was like “is there a check invovlved?” Had he said I want to listen to it first and then talk options to making those spins happen that’s one thing but to come at my dude raw like that is bogus!!!! The music could’ve been garbage and he still would’ve played it? C’mon bruh!!!!

  • The Spaniard

    Ron Mexico speaks the truth.

    They have internet connections in the Federal lockup?

  • moresickaMC

    who listens to radio anymore anyway. Internet is the new democracy

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    We all know money makes the record go round. If only Spitzer would have kept his campaign promise of killing the payola in the industry before getting caught at the $4,000 dirty sanchez buffet…

    This game needs an enema.

  • http://www.first.com Mr. Alex

    You da man, Bol.

  • Tyler

    “On the one hand, if this is true, I’d have to say that’s some fucked up shit”

    What fuckin Planet do U live on BoL? U didn’t get the memo? They are all doing this shit and have been 4 a minute now U stupid fat fuck. . And U call yourself a hip hop Blogger? Well we just call U a stankinass fat bitchass nigga living with his mom dukes who shines nigga’s johnsons while U are at your BMG job. Did U get that note I left U the other day on the kitchen table? ? I should have put it on the freig. then U would have atleast seen it.

    “Why should I have to shell out $7 a month or whatever satellite radio costs (I could get a tank and a half of gas for that!”

    Again. What planet do U live on fuckhead? And what the fuck do U drive? A fuckin Moped?

  • http://www.myspace.com/GrimeyHipHop Stan

    And they didnt play it?!?!?!?!

  • ahaha

    what I wanna know is where the fuck can you get a tank and a half of gas for $7

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    “a tank and a half of gas for $7″

    - a 12-pack of bud light?

    • http://xxlmag.com Bol

      I give my secretary Thursday afternoons off to get her hair did.

  • lone1

    I emcee…and I have a couple of myspace pages in which I promote my music…but the music is not on the radio…what I’m trying to say is…if you listen to the radio…they play the same shit…the shit may suck….but they still play it…they play it til it is programmed in your head to repeat whatever hook or song they have to go along with it…until you are “used” to listening to it…and after you are “used” to listening to it…you expect to hear it more often…I hate the damn radio…but my daughter knows the hooks to these same damn garbage ass tracks…and kids download this ringtone shit…or have their parents buy the garbage ass cd or something.

    Endstate…if I could pay a fuckin DJ to play my shit on the radio…I’d do it…think of all the groupies I would have than…whoa!

  • http://myspce.com/marko4aoc Marko-V

    I live in St.Louis and payola is at an all time high. You got niggaz who go in the studio knowin that all they gotta do is make a stripper/dance song and give a local d.j. some paper they’ll play it. Which is why there ain’t nothin but commercial garbage breakin through from the Lou. We got a song called the Louie Step, Screensaver, and the “god awful” joint “Thick wit It”. Just the titles alone scream sellout and the quickest way to do that is to pay a d.j. to keep playin that bitch. Also, those d.j. pools are pretty much scams too. Derrty D.J.s run the Lou and if didn’t pay to get your song included in the pool nobody gives a fuck about your song. Therefore cats with real talent end up leavin the city and makin it hella hard for those left behind in these fucked up conditions. As you can see, I’m a disgruntled rapper who might have to sell out to get on and it breaks my heart (LOL).

    myspace.com/marko4aoc

  • POLO DIZ

    Bol says:

    I give my secretary Thursday afternoons off to get her hair did.

    LMAO ^ WTF?!

    I just read that..
    What that had to do with anything?

  • http://www.hoodgrownonline.com Hoodgrown Magazine

    “A WISE MAN ONCE TOLD ME…IF YOU WONT INVEST MONEY IN YOURSELF WHY WOULD YOU EXPECT A RECORD LABEL TO….NIGGAS DONT RESPECT FREE OR FAVORS…”

    BULLSHIT! You niggas is missing the point. Unless you a young nigga you wouldn’t know that hip hop wasn’t always like that shit and the reason it’s like that shit now cause you niggas accept it as a given. Fuckin idiots!!!!

    DJ’s used to play shit that they liked on the strength of whether it was hot or not. It wasn’t nothing to run up to a Red Alert or Mr. Magic and if your shit was hot… it was played!!!

    Shit has changed cause it’s so many niggas that think they rappers with subpar shit that a lot of niggas are lookin to make they’re business off of you.

    I work as a graphic designer at a Resort in the Poconos (Queens transport) and these niggas pay all these indie rock groups $300 – $1500 per night to play AND give them a free room.

    Rap niggas is soo dumb that cats give us fucking tickets to sell or charge us to perform. And again… you fucking idiots is just alright with that. So while these indie rock niggas is making dough… you niggas is getting raped!

    But I guess you’re fine with that! Just accept it.. fuck it.

    Now I see cocksuckers on Myspace trying to get niggas to pay for placement on their bullshit “industry mixtapes” or play to boost your plays and you niggas just bend over and accept it.

    I hear that hot shit!

    It ain’t about investing in yourself… dumb asses… it’s about what’s right and wrong.

    Stick your asshole out and some faggot will fuck you….

    Niggas gotta stop giving these niggas all this fucking power…

    You niggas is soo thuggish…. bring 50 of your homeboys to the fucking club and make these faggots play your shit..

    Charge them niggas to be able to leave the club safely…

    Eye for a fucking eye…..

    http://www.hoodgrownonline.com

  • http://www.hoodgrownonline.com Hoodgrown Magazine

    “A WISE MAN ONCE TOLD ME…IF YOU WONT INVEST MONEY IN YOURSELF WHY WOULD YOU EXPECT A RECORD LABEL TO….NIGGAS DONT RESPECT FREE OR FAVORS…”

    BULLSHIT! You niggas is missing the point. Unless you a young nigga you wouldn’t know that hip hop wasn’t always like that shit and the reason it’s like that shit now cause you niggas accept it as a given. Fuckin idiots!!!!

    DJ’s used to play shit that they liked on the strength of whether it was hot or not. It wasn’t nothing to run up to a Red Alert or Mr. Magic and if your shit was hot… it was played!!!

    Shit has changed cause it’s so many niggas that think they rappers with subpar shit that a lot of niggas are lookin to make they’re business off of you.

    I work as a graphic designer at a Resort in the Poconos (Queens transport) and these niggas pay all these indie rock groups $300 – $1500 per night to play AND give them a free room.

    Rap niggas is soo dumb that cats give us fucking tickets to sell or charge us to perform. And again… you fucking idiots is just alright with that. So while these indie rock niggas is making dough… you niggas is getting raped!

    But I guess you’re fine with that! Just accept it.. fuck it.

    Now I see cocksuckers on Myspace trying to get niggas to pay for placement on their bullshit “industry mixtapes” or play to boost your plays and you niggas just bend over and accept it.

    I hear that hot shit!

    It ain’t about investing in yourself… dumb asses… it’s about what’s right and wrong.

    Stick your asshole out and some faggot will fuck you….

    Niggas gotta stop giving these niggas all this fucking power…

    You niggas is soo thuggish…. bring 50 of your homeboys to the fucking club and make these faggots play your shit..

    Charge them niggas to be able to leave the club safely…

    Eye for a fucking eye…..