Fuck You Pay Me

Game has been on fire as of late, last week the Compton rapper released his double-disc Purp & Patron mixtape and yesterday he dropped his latest project The Hangover. The 40 combined tracks, which Game offered up as free Internet downloads should be more than enough to satisfy the rapper’s fans until his The R.E.D. Album drops, but not everyone seems to be so excited about Game’s moves.

Yesterday it came to light that the RZA who is the credited producer on “Heartbreaker” a track off of Purp & Patron served a cease and desist to Game, and there is the threat of a lawsuit. Both rappers took to the hip-hop media (and Twitter which is like the hip-hop media these days anyway) and downplayed any sort of beef. Instead it just seems to be a misunderstanding between the two camps. You see RZA gave Game “Heartbreaker” with intentions to land the track on an official release and not a free mixtape. Game— for whatever reason decided not to use the beat for his album and instead give it away as a free download. And therein lies the dilemma. In this new digital era where free-Internet downloads do wonders for an artists’ buzz (but nothing for his pockets directly), I can’t help but wonder what happens to the producer? How does he eat?

In actuality, there can be quite a few people who put work in on a free download. Of course there is the rapper, then you have engineers, producers and graphic artists who design the cover. So who pays those guys? Engineers don’t benefit from a “buzz” and most times mixtapes don’t even have liner notes.

Now, I’m sure Game takes care of his camp, but what about the up and coming artists who are just starting out? How does that work?

I mean I love free music as much as the next guy, but people do deserve to get paid for their work don’t they?— Rob Markman

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

    What up Rob. I thought engineers were paid as part of the money you put up for studio time. I would assume the artists that do the covers also get paid (presumably by the artist who thinks he/she will recoup it later thanks to the buzz)…or perhaps they do it in exchange for the promise of more work down the line?

    The problem is that it is an outdated business model but it worked for so long that it is having trouble adapting to the new climate. Slowly things are changing…at least in some places…but it’s not happening quickly enough to offset the lost revenues that have been lost in the digital age.

    • xxl staff

      shut the fuck up bitch

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  • Oranges and gators

    COME ON SON Y’ALL SOOOOO BEHIND ON NEWS LATELY. The samples were unclearable so Game thought it was cool to throw it on the tape but Rza was still tryna sell it that’s why he was mad. He didn’t serve the cease and desist whoever the sample came from did. Damn XXL y’all slippin.

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  • http://www.pmpworldwide.com/alsween AlSween

    It sucks more for someone new because their hopes and dreams can get crushed in an instant from becoming a huge record to being something disposable for the artist’s buzz. However I think that if a new producer had a choice between having a song with Game on a mixtape for free vs no work at all I think they’d choose the exposure. Most mixtapes aren’t mastered so no one is cut out of getting paid there. Mixing would usually be done inhouse, cheaper or for free.

    I guess what I’m getting at is someone established can use their name as currency for a mixtape track. Joe blow off the street can’t use the logic of “I want the beat for free because it’s a mixtape”. There is no trade off in that situation.

  • http://facebook.com d-1c3

    thats why you make your mixtapes up an go find a corner, dish them bitches out, and break bread with the dudes behind the scenes……show yo producers some love!!!