Fast-forward to the present, and that novelty is gone. As someone who’s career has flourished through the presence of blogs and websites, I personally love what the NahRight‘s and 2DB‘s and Herfection‘s have done for the game, and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am right now without their support. So when the lines get blurred in the eyes of the powers that be, and sites get taken down for the wrong reasons, the worry of how fans will be made aware of new artists becomes a reality.
Anti piracy is nothing new, as we’ve seen DJs get arrested and tapes get confiscated. Stealing artist’s music and leaking albums is one thing, and I’m totally against it, as I make my living solely off of music and a leaked album can be severely damaging. But when labels and artists themselves send music to the blogs to openly promote and generate interest, there’s no piracy at hand.
As a product of the blogs and fans getting familiar with who I am due to the ‘Net, the importance of the viral community is more present than ever before. And as someone who is still a listener and fan, I’ve become aware of a ton of new artists via the blogsphere, like Nitty Scott MC and Tyler The Creator/Odd Future (Sidebar: that kid Earl is gonna be a monster really soon. Quote that).
In essence, the blogs are the new mixtape DJs. Instead of waiting 3 months for 30 new records, we probably see close to 50 a day via the ‘Net. The days of depending on a DJ to get a collection of the newest joints and compile them for you for $10 are now a “free 99″ deal and a plethora of music, so much so that sometimes it’s overwhelming. At the end of the day, blogs, music sites, etc., are all intensely needed, when worked right. Obviously the sites that allow retail downloads for free should be the targets, but the OnSmash’s and other blogs that support the awareness of new artists to the fans, with fan’s and label’s PERMISSION should be given the lane to do as they are set up to. But hey, maybe I’m bugging (*Kanye shrug*).
In conclusion, this is the epitome of “the good fight”. So shouts to Legend and everyone at OnSmash and all the other blogs that support us all. Til’ next week, 100.