How long will the TIs tolerate hip-hop blogs?

Could it be that the TIs have finally found a way to make money from rap music on the Internets?

These days, you can hardly swing a dead cat without hitting a story about how some song you’ve hardly even heard has set a new digital sales record. Eminem did it a couple of weeks ago, then Flo Rida did it again. It’s only a matter of time before someone else does it.

Think about it: I’ve only heard that Flo Rida song once, in the context of a discussion about how he’s become so successful despite the fact that you hardly ever hear his music. Even that Eminem song I don’t hear very often, given how popular it is. I hear that new 50 Cent song, which no one really likes, more often than I hear “Crack a Bottle” on Eminem’s own station on Sirius.

The fuck?

You can only imagine what might happen if one of these TI-backed, major label rappers actually came up with a song that was a genuine hit, in the sense that people really liked it and desired to hear it.

Selling half a million digital downloads in a week might not be such a big deal, in the sense that they only cost $.99 each – it’s hardly a suitable replacement for selling half a million copies of an album that costs at least $12, which the labels used to do week in and week out, back in the day.

Still, it’s a half a million dollars in a week for a song – and not even necessarily an especially good song. If this trend continues, I could very easily see a song selling a million or more copies in a week. The key, for the TIs, is: making sure this trend continues.

The only times I’ve ever paid any money to download music were when it was an artist I knew, and I wanted to show support, Internet Soldiers-style, and when someone gave me a gift card to ITunes. But I’m not gonna lie – the idea of paying to download music is somewhat tempting, in the sense that it’s not very much money at all, even if you work for XXL.

The reason I don’t bother is because it’s too easy to go to one of these sites that specialize in bootlegging people’s shit. I’ll deal with umpteen ads from motherfucking Sharebee trying install malicious software on my computer, in order to save a dollar – I’ve got antivirus protection, and lord knows I’ve got free time. No Boutros.

Which begs the question: How long are the labels gonna deal with these sites bootlegging their shit? If I’m one of these TIs, and I can make even a few grand a week by shutting down one of these blogs, why wouldn’t I? I could take that money over to the East Side and get some glitter on my face.

In all likelihood, the TIs could make a lot more money than just that. There must be a veritable shedload of people who are like me, in that they’ll continue to steal music, as long as it’s free and easy, but if it ever gets to the point where it’s not, it’s not like they’re never gonna listen to any new music ever again. Believe me, I’ve settled on things a lot more traumatic than paying for music.

The argument you hear put forth by the bootleggers is that they help labels promote artists, and of course I’m not buying it. Keep in mind, I enjoy these sites myself, and I hope they continue bootlegging people’s shit, if only because it’s gonna save me money. But lets face it, these sites mostly only help promote artists that don’t merit being mentioned in any other media. If you’re Donnie Goines or somebody, you might welcome the free promotion. But if you’re Eminem, it’s probably just cutting into your money.

  • Bobo D

    Why don’t they shut down those websites?
    Well they may be a lot of reasons for that, if you recall when Metallica took the head of going at Napster, there was some outcry by media and public that Metallica has no reason to sue Napster, saying they already have tons of money, and that it was uncool. At this time you would noticed that record company’s backed off, because they must have been afraid off losing sales across the board.

    Well no record company is making money right now so I think right now is a good enough reason to shut some websites down, but that ain’t gonna make me go buy the stuff, unless it’s a quality album I’ll buy it. But if it’s a pile of crap I ain’t even going to bother myself by downloading it.

  • sealsaa

    I can’t recall ever hearing the Flo Rida song you’re referring to (or maybe i’ve heard it and didn’t realize it). But to answer your question, I don’t think the TI’s will put up with the blogs for much longer. Say what you will about Soulja Boy, but he’s brought digital music/ digital fame to the forefront. Album sales will continue to decline, and the TI’s will have no other option but to make a quick buck off of their artist’s singles, and to chop off the hands of anyone caught with their hands in the TI’s pockets.

  • JCITYHUSTLA617

    THESE PPL BETTER NOT FUCK WITH MY FREE MUSIK ILL FUCKIN CUT A MOTHAFUCKA………………EVEN IF SITES WERE 2BE SHUTDOWN OR WHATNOT THAT AINT GONNA STOP ME FROM CHECKIN MY PPLS THAT BOUGHT AN ALBUM I WANT AND BURN IT SO EITHER WAY I AINT GONNA PAY FOR NOTHING ITS BAD ENUFF I BOUGHT ALMOST EVERY HIPHOP ALBUM FROM 97-2005……………….REPRERATIONS ARE DUE AND ILL TAKE MINES IN THE FORM OF FREE HIPHOP THANK YOU VERY MUCH…………………

    PS…….I REALLY DONT GIVE A FUCK BOUT SUPPORTING AN ARTIST CUZ THEM NIGGAZ NEVA SUPPORT ME STOP RAPPING AND GET A REAL JOB IF IT IRKS YOU SO MUCH

    • amar

      rofl

      • OG Matt Herbz

        I’m voting for JCityHustla for President, gotdammit. That was the truth right there. These niggaz been getting rich off of another niggaz paycheck for too gotdamn long. Shit, in these times of economic hardship where a nigga’s portfolio can take a 6-digit dip in 3 hours, a nigga gots to economize and shit. Give me some Rapidshare links or Megaupload links and color me badd, nigga, I’m set. Them niggaz wouldn’t give a fuck if you were to be broke, so don’t give a fuck about them niggaz, neither. Like this stupid bitch I got answering my phone calls at my office–she was getting all sad about them two fruitcake NFL niggaz that vanished out at sea. Them niggaz wouldn’t give a fuck if I were assassinated that one time in Colombia, so I just say R.I.P. to them homos and keep it moving like a true White Nigga should. Peace, and I’m out.

        –OG Matt Herbz–

    • c. gabi

      And you are????? …..

  • sealsaa

    @ Bobo D

    I’m sure these exec’s could care less what people think is “not cool”. They have the feds backing them, and they’ll be ready to cut off any hand caught in their pockets.

    • Bobo D

      True, but when was the last time you heard of a major download website getting shutdown, most of the time it’s the downloader who gets cuffed by the feds.
      Back in high school there was this dude who use tell cd’s of all the shit he downloaded, he got caught and to pay a major fine, which was fucked up cause I had ordered a gang of mixtapes from him (lucky for me I had’nt payed yet).

      All I was wondering why don’t websites like limewire and all p2p networks get taken, just because they have some disclaimer that you may download the music if own the original album and if you don’t all illegal action is your problem. I mean really, who downloads music they already bought?

      ‘If I catch K-K-Kazaar, Im gonna go B-B-Bezerk,
      Til the put me in a prison like Mystikal’ – Sway , Download

  • mgs

    two things: I guarantee those digital download records are fabricated for publicity. If record labels are willing to pay radio stations for spins, then why not drop some cash to buy yourself a digital download sales record? They get most of the money back anyways.

    Second, as soon as the local US based sites get taken down, people are going to look around and find the chinese bootleg sites that are completely out of the TIs control. They’s rather deal with a site like TSS which they could threaten or influence.

  • amar

    bol, if the TIs decide to fuck with what’s going on, ppl will complain, ppl will innovate and soon enough someone will invent and popularize a much easier way of stealing music.

    Example: Napster. They shut that bitch down, and then all these kazaa’s and limewires started coming up. TIs found out and now all i need is a torrent site or a blog.

  • No Mames Buey

    It’s been 10 years now since the 1999 napster era, & the TIs still haven’t figured out how to stop bootlegging mp3s. I don’t see it happening in the next 5 yrs if ever.

    even in the extremely unlikely event that the TIs shut down all blogs, msg boards etc on the internet that share albums…

    even in US-labeled “rogue countries” like Iran, N Korea…

    in major cities with enough “heads” of a music genre, there would be “meetings” where cats would bring their netbook computers, external hard drives [||], & 16 USB drives where they could quickly copy/paste & end up with 10 GB+ new music.

  • geico lizard

    “I could take that money over to the East Side and get some glitter on my face.”
    Thats one of the main reasons men get out bed to go to work and make money.

  • $ykotic

    Ask Nike if they really go after people bootlegging AF1′s!

    Limewire is all shared files. If it was so illegal why does your Limewire library show up on iTunes?

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com tony grand$

    The TI’s may attempt to regulate the situation, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into the complete shutdown of the “free download”

    All that’s going to do is make ppl get more innovative in their attepts to make the music available. Piracy is the big business of no business, meaning stopping one’s eating only means that another man can now eat. & hunger & thirst are real.

    I buy bootlegs, I download what’s “downloadable”, not because I want to piss anybody off, but because it’s available, convenient, & cheap.

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com tony grand$

      *By cheap I mean “Free”

  • http://www.twitter.com/Kornphlake Kornphlake

    The only thing these “bootlegging” sites do is point in the direction of this new music. I can download just about any song in the world from youtube anyway, are they going to shut that down to. And recording digital signals isn’t that hard either, so you can’t broadcast your song on t.v. or radio without giving it away. Music should be free, get your money off of concerts and merchandise. Licensing fees and the whatnot. Because if an artist won’t give away their music I don’t listen to them. Somebody out there will give me their music for free. You don’t need big labels anymore, you can connect with the people directly. What good is the middle man? They just get in the way and tell you what you can and can’t do.

    • FlapJack

      Cosign

  • BIGNAT

    “I could take that money over to the East Side and get some glitter on my face.” hahahaha it’s good to help the single moms bol

    • geico lizard

      ^
      Single moms working their way through college who say they are 19 but they look 45 in the face.

  • dameSTATUS

    Bol,

    You and Gotty (TSS) are both “friends in my head” (II), I feel like you should self censor and take this down. He’s not doing anything to interrupt your ability to make funds for the purpose of getting glitter on your face. Can Gotty get a glittered face too? (II)

  • Curtis75Black

    To answer your question, it will happen when ya’ll start calling out the right people instead of the trendy. It will when you start bigging up the real talent, not just the hottest on the market. It will when you start listening to actual cd’s instead of taking payola to love or hate a cd because of the artist, giving a genuine opinion like we used to in Hip Hop. When we had morals and didn’t give a fuck about a glossy magazine cover looking like Vogue or Essence. Trust me, they look at these blogs but until ya’ll change your views that are completely biased to make money for them, who would give a fuck. Call out the CEO instead of the artist for the cd floppin’ (Jay, Em and Dre) eventhough you want that new interview and want to hear the new music. It’s only right.

  • Sholdjettie

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