Tuesday, April 17, 2007

if we are to see a change in what we hear


Do we understand how much it costs to get records played on mainstream radio? One rap group has publicly stated in an interview that they paid $1 million to get ONE song played on mainstream stations. That's more than the rapper gets to record his entire album. Who is it that profits so handsomely off this "gangster" rap that they can pay $1 million dollars to get airplay? The Record Company! Many of these rappers are in standard 12 point recording contracts that yield a mere $.63 per ($15) CD? Just as the NBA, if the record companies say put on a suit, the rapper will put on a suit. Likewise, when told to "keep it gangsta" the rapper will keep it gangsta!

So, it is to the Major Recording, Radio and Video companies that this fight must be taken, if we are to see a change in what we hear! Here goes a very very very small list of rappers and albums that they either totally refused to play or criminally marginalized on commercial radio.

  • Lupe Fiasco "Food and Liquor" 2006
  • Rhymefest "Blue Collar" 2006
  • Wise Intelligent "Blessed be the Poor The UnMixtape" 2006
  • Wise Intelligent "is The Talented Timothy Taylor" 2007
  • Common "Like Water For Chocolate" 2000
  • Common "Electric Circus" 2004

  • Saul Williams "Amethyst Rock Star" 2001
  • Saul Williams "Saul Williams" 2005
  • Paris "Sonic Jihad" 2003
  • Arrested Development "Heroes of the Harvest" 2002
  • Arrested Development "Among the Trees" 2004
  • Arrested Development "Since the Last Time" 2006

  • Public Enemy "Rebirth of a Nation" 2006
  • Public Enemy "New Whirl Odor" 2005
  • Public Enemy "Revolverlution" 2002
  • Public Enemy "There's a Poison Going On" 1999-2000

  • Mr. Lif "Enter the Colossus" 2000
  • Mr. Lif "Emergency Rations" 2002
  • Mr. Lif "I Phantom" 2003
  • Mr. Lif "Mo' Mega" 2006

  • Zion I "Mind Over Matter" 2000
  • Zion I "Break a Dawn" 2006

  • Living Legends "Almost Famous" 2001
  • Living Legends "Creative Differences" 2004
  • Living Legends "Classic" 2005

  • Dead Prez "Let's Get Free" 2000
  • Dead Prez "Turn off the Radio: The Mixtape, Vol. 1" 2002
  • Dead Prez "Turn off the Radio: The Mixtape, Vol. 2: Get Free or Die Tryin'" 2003
  • Dead Prez "RBG: Revolutionary But Gansta" 2004
  • Dead Prez Presents M-1: Confidential 2006
  • Dead Prez/Outlaws "Can't Sell Dope Forever" 2006

  • John Robinson "The Leak Edition Vol. 1" 2005
  • John Robinson "The Leak Edition Vol. 2" 2006

  • Scienz of Life "Coming Forth By Day: The Book of the Dead" 2000
  • Scienz of Life "Project Overground: Scienz Experiment" 2002
  • Scienz of Life "Diggin In The Archives" 2004
  • Scienz of Life "The Blaxploitation Sessions" 2006

  • Oh No "The Disrupt" 2004
  • Oh No "Exodus into Unheard Rhythms" 2006

  • Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) "Black Star" 1998
  • Mos Def "Black on Both Sides" 1999
  • Mos Def "The New Danger" 2004
  • Mos Def "True Magic" 2006

  • Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek "Reflection Eternal/Train of Thought" 2002
  • Talib Kweli "Quality" 2003
  • Talib Kweli "The Beautiful Struggle" 2004
  • Talib Kweli "Right About Now" 2005
  • Talib Kweli/Madlib "Liberation" 2007

  • The Roots "Things Fall Apart" 1999-2000
  • The Roots "Phrenology" 2002
  • The Roots "The Tipping Point" 2004
  • The Roots "Game Theory" 2006

  • KRS ONE "The Sneak Attack" 2001
  • KRS ONE "Spiritual Minded" 2002
  • KRS ONE "Prophets Vs. Profits" 2003
  • KRS ONE "Kristyles" 2003
  • KRS ONE "Keep Right" 2004
  • KRS ONE "Life" 2006

  • K-Os "Exit" 2002
  • K-Os "Joyful Rebellion" 2006
  • K-Os "Atlantis: Hymns for Disco" 2006

  • Polyrhythm Addicts "Break Glass" 2007
  • Jurassic 5 "Quality Contral" 2000
  • Jurassic 5 "Power in Numbers" 2002
  • Jurassic 5 "Feedback" 2006

  • Blackalicious "Nia" 2000
  • Blackalicious "Blazing Arrow" 2002
  • Blackalicious "The Craft" 2005

  • Lyrics Born "Later That Day" 2003
  • Lyrics Born "Same !@#$ Different Day" 2005

  • Jean Grae "Attack of the Attacking Things" 2002
  • Jean Grae "The Bootleg Of The Bootleg" 2003
  • Jean Grae "This Week" 2004

  • Little Brother "The Listening" 2003
  • Little Brother "The Minstel Show" 2005

  • Murs "Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition" 2004
  • Murs "Murray's Revenge" 2006

  • J Dilla "Donuts" 2006
  • J Dilla "The Shining" 2006

  • The Last Emperor "Music, Magic, Myth"
  • Pharoahe Monch "Internal Affairs" 1999-2000

  • Immortal Technique "Revolutionary, Vol. 1" 2000
  • Immortal Technique "Revolutionary, Vol. 2" 2005

  • Brand Nubian "Fire in the Hole" 2004
  • Lord Jamar "The 5% Album" 2006

  • Sadat X "Experience & Education" 2005
  • Sadat X "Black October" 2006

  • I Self Divine "Self Destruction" 2005
  • The Boom Bap Project "Reprogram" 2005

  • MF DOOM "Operation: Doomsday" 2001
  • MF DOOM "Vaudeville Villian" 2003
  • MF DOOM "MM..FOOD" 2004

  • Madvillian "Madvilliany" 2004

  • Heiroglyphics "3rd Eye Vision" 2001
  • Heiroglyphics "Full Circle" 2003

  • De La Soul "Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump" 2000
  • De La Soul "AOI: Bionix" 2001
  • De La Soul "The Grind Date" 2004

  • Masta Ace "A Long Hot Summer" 2004

  • Wordsworth "Mirror Music" 2004

  • Dilated Peoples "The Platform" 2000
  • Dilated Peoples "Expansion Team" 2001
  • Dilated Peoples "Neighborhood Watch" 2004
  • Dilated Peoples "20/20" 2006

  • The Coup "Party Music" 2001
  • The Coup "Pick a Bigger Weapon" 2006

  • Blue Scholars "Blue Scholars" 2004

  • The Dope Poet Society "Prointelpro" 2007

  • Michael Franti "Stay Human" 2001
  • Michael Franti "Songs From the Front Porch: An Acoustic Collection" 2004
  • Michael Franti "Everyone Deserves Music" 2003

  • CL Smooth "American Me" 2006

  • Pigeon John "Is Clueless" 2002
  • Pigeon John "Is Dating Your Sister" 2003
  • Pigeon John "...And The Summertime Pool Party" 2006

  • The Procussions "...As Iron Sharpens Iron" 2003
  • The Procussions "5 Sparrows for 2 Cents" 2006

  • Strange Fruit Project "Soul Travellin'" 2004
  • Strange Fruit Project "The Healing" 2006

  • Kenn Starr "Starr Status" 2006

  • Kev Brown "I Do What I Do" 2006

  • Slum Village "Trinity (Past, Present, and Future)" 2002
  • Slum Village "Detroit Deli (A Taste of Detroit)" 2004
  • Slum Village "Slum Village" 2005

  • Akrobatik "Balance" 2003

  • Afu-Ra "Body of the Life Force" 2000
  • Afu-Ra "Life Force Radio" 2002
  • Afu-Ra "State of the Arts" 2005

  • The Perceptionists "Black Dialogue" 2005

  • Supernatural "The Lost Freestyle Files" 2003
  • Supernatural "S.P.I.T." 2005

  • Freestyle Fellowship "Temptations" 2001
  • Freestyle Fellowship "To Whom It May Concern" 2002

  • Aceyalone "Accepted Eclectic" 2001
  • Aceyalone "Love & Hate" 2003
  • Aceyalone "Magnificent City" 2006

  • Abstract Rude "P.A.I.N.T." 2001
  • Abstract Rude "Making Tracks" 2002
  • Abstract Rude "Making More Tracks" 2004

  • Haiku d'Etat "Coup de Theatre" 2003
  • Haiku d'Etat "Haiku d'Etat" 2004

  • X-Clan "Return From Mecca" 2007

  • Emanon "The Waiting Room" 2005

  • Aloe Blacc "Shine Through" 2006

  • People Under The Stairs "Question In The Form of an Answer" 2000
  • People Under The Stairs "O.S.T." 2002
  • People Under The Stairs "Stepfather" 2006

  • Gift of Gab "Fouth Dimensional Rocketships Going Up" 2004

  • J. Rawls "The Essence of J. Rawls" 2001
  • J. Rawls "Essence of Soul" 2006
  • J. Rawls "The Liquid Crystal Project" 2006
  • J. Rawls & Declaime "It's the Dank and Jammy Show" 2007

  • Lone Catalysts "Hip Hop" 2001
  • Lone Catalysts "Good Music" 2005

  • Asheru & Blue Black of The Unspoken Heard "Soon Come..." 2001
  • Asheru & Blue Black of The Unspoken Heard "48 Months" 2003

  • Gangstarr "The Ownerz" 2003

  • The Pharcyde "Plain Rap" 2000
  • The Pharcyde "Humboldt Beginnings" 2004
  • 2 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    Dont forget all of the albums by PARIS either.

    Adrian Harper said...

    Thanks, as you can see from my later blogs I have the highest regard for Paris
    Is there anyone else I may have overlooked?