Tell Me Have You Seen Her……..

10 Jun

I spent the 8 bucks  on Nikko Gray’s debut solo EP Love Seen cause I dig her and I can’t think of a better way to support the artists I dig than putting a lil’ green in their pockets. Due to the over abundance of blogs written by music fans who believe they have the musical knowledge and technical skill to write an objective, informed, and engrossing critique and the dominance of internet piracy; word of mouth and co-signs don’t cut it anymore. Yeah positive press is always a plus but at the end of the day, no matter how much we love what we do, everybody needs to eat and nobody likes to grind for free.  By buying albums from musicians and artists who are true craftsmen we a) place them higher on the charts and push them further up the industry food chain thus turning the tide against regurgetated, standardized, tasteless bullshit execs keep churning out b) show em that they’re not doing this for nothing and c) do our part in helping them generate the monetary funds neccessary to wage war against the machine ie building record labels commited to passion and artistry or filitering that capital back into the communities and initiatives that need it. I find that it’s not so much  about being a part of the machine as it is showing appreciation and reclaiming the integrity of the music industry. The last three albums I bought were Janelle Monae’s The Arch Android, Nas and Damian Marley’s Distant Relatives and Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Pt II and it was money well spent on all counts.  I still get my download on like a mutha’, but I have no problem spending money on people who want to change things through their art, who do it to teach, inspire, provoke, challenge, heal or destroy. Ain’t that what it’s supposed to do?


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