The Internets: completely over or just temporarily?

It occurred to me, when I read the other day that Prince has declared the Internets “completely over,” that Prince has now been a cautionary tale for much longer than he was ever a genius/worthwhile artist.

It’s one of those weird bits of trivia like the fact that the Foo Fighters have been now been around for something like 3x as long as Nirvana was ever around, and the fact that Biggie Smalls career hardly lasted three years before Suge Knight had him assassinated.

If Prince lives to be 100 years old, who knows what crazy shit he might say. Just in the past few years, in addition to declaring the Internets over, there was that shit he said about how fruits shouldn’t be allowed to get married, which seems cruel at the very least, if not suspect. Pretty much the only time you hear from Prince these days is when he’s saying something you wish he hadn’t said. Fortunately, for the sake of his legacy, he belongs to one of these religions where they don’t believe in going to the hospital. I heard his body is all fucked the fuck up (nullus), but he refuses to have it fixed. He might not last forever.

He might have a point though. If you’re an artist, why should you give a rat’s ass about the Internets? People are just gonna use it to steal your shit. Why make it any easier for them by putting your shit on the Internets in the first place?

Of course Prince is fortunate in that he established his career as an artists long before there was a such thing as the Internets, and the attendant implosion of the music business. He had like three albums out before I was even born. He had movies with gratuitous nude footage of ridonkulously well-crafted ethnically ambiguous women before I was capable of fapping to them. He could distribute his next album exclusively via the homeless man who harasses people in the parking lot of the Taco Bell on Skinker just north of Delmar, and it wouldn’t stop people from shelling out top dollar to come see him live, even if he insists on playing his new shit. I’d go, just to see if he tosses copies of the Watchtower out from the stage, Stryper-style. That’s where all of the money is anyway.

I don’t have it handy, and I’m not gonna find it for you, because sometimes being black affects the level of effort I’m willing to put forth, but there’s a chart some young guy put together that breaks down how much money you can make by selling your music online. Basically, you can’t make shit from selling your music online. Eminem, who sold more albums this past decade than Elvis and the Beatles combined (though not quite as man as Buhweet), may have sold a few hundred thousand copies of “Not Afraid” and that garbage he did with Pink, but that shit only cost $.99. And that’s before Apple and the TIs take their parts. He probably didn’t make very much money, and he makes more money than anyone.

If I were an up and coming artist, I’d have to seriously consider taking Prince’s advice not releasing my shit on the Internets – not because I’m upset with the Internets, because people use them to steal from artists, but because there’s the distinct possibility that I wouldn’t make any money anyway, and that way I can pretend as if I’ve purposely decided to limit my career, on principle. Which would you’d rather be, the guy who let the TIs talk him into making a song with Lady Gaga and didn’t make any money, or the guy who told the TIs they could suck Lady Gaga’s dick and didn’t make any money. The only way I’d upload my shit to iTunes, Spotify et al, is if I became popular enough to make a significant amount of money from selling my music digitally, in which case I would of course give in and stop pretending as if there’s anything wrong with the Internets.

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  • ri067953

    Bol, you have redeemed yourself myfriend.

  • Worley

    I choose B: “the guy who told the TIs they could suck Lady Gaga’s dick and didn’t make any money.”

  • Esco

    Bol your website is a virus sess pool, clean that shit up bruh .. Cant complain though you fat fuck are the best blogger XXL has.

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  • C.P

    Bol i reckon you’d probably suck lady gagas dick right after that tall israeli finished up…..we all kno how u feel about white women

  • $yk

    “the guy who let the TIs talk him into making a song with Lady Gaga and didn’t make any money”

    ^ lol @ the Wale dart

    “Prince said: “The internet is completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.”

    His battle began in 2007 when he famously announced his intention to file lawsuits against eBay, YouTube and the Pirate Bay for the misuse of his music. Ever since he has banned such sites from using his music in any fashion and refused to work with legal paid-for options like iTunes, 7Digital or eMusic.”

    ^ this is coming from the guy who started all of this selling music online, so you gotta think he knows what he’s talking about, regardless of the usual “he ain’t relevant”, “this is promo for his new album”, “Prince is a weirdo” banter flying around, like his clothing style affects his knowledge of the industry.

    The Beatles’ catalog is not available on iTunes. Eminem has sued Apple twice ’cause of that royalty stuff.

    iTunes can make some serious coin off of you (some people will DL 4 songs, then go back and individually DL the rest of the songs on the album. 14 songs equals $14 for iTunes, while most artists make 2-7 cents per album). Straight highway robbery.

    I would sell merchandise and give the CD (music) away, or put it on some blu-ray type of format.

    Stay cool (literally).

  • Big A

    “He had like three albums out before I was even born. He had movies with gratuitous nude footage of ridonkulously well-crafted ethnically ambiguous women before I was capable of fapping to them.”

    You’re in peak form again Bol. Keep “it” up lol.

  • Mutada Al Sader the King

    BOL C/S the people up top, I have a spiffy new Mac Book pro now to supplement my aging but still fast and usable HP and when I went to your site, with my Windows cpu, it was a travesty. Your site is infected with that Antivirus 2010 shit and a host of others. You need to get on that asap.

    And thanks for not going in on the JW’s, some of thier beliefs are out of wack with the bible, but they are generaly good people. The dont go to th hospitol (which is untrue), was as bad it got. And thats acceptable. as

  • caino

    Ahh back to your best bol – tho l did enjoy that you implied that J Cole has been tampered with.

    Prince is wise, peeps should hear him out!

  • SansBeach

    The answer to this is to just build your own damn website that sells your music. itunes is just a glorified website you can build or pay somebody to build a page like that for you. I wonder if the major labels are lazy, stupid or did they sell their souls to steve jobs when they signed a contract to distribute through itunes?

  • geico lizard

    Bol in the Eminem post you did when you mentioned the recovering alcoholic drug addict who is now recovered and preaching to us it reminded me of Princes speech at the BET awards. Prince sexed every fine light skinned woman in America from 1980-1998 and now he is telling us not to do the same thing.

  • Bol Stan

    is it safe to go to Bol’s site now? after reading the comments im kind of scared.

  • Royalty

    Get your facts together first. You sound like an idiot when you say Witnesses don’t got to the hospital. Gather the facts first hommie!!