Category Archives : Money

F*cked around and got locked up? That’s not in the contract.

Bobby Shmurda, 20, took the internet by storm in early 2014 when a Vine of his song “Shmoney Dance”  went viral.  After a bidding war between labels, he signed a multi-album deal to Epic Records, and became hip-hop’s new flavor of the week.  He followed it up with “Hot Nigga” and seemed poised for continued success (whatever that looks like in today’s music business landscape).  Yet somehow, with lyrics that highlight drug sales, trap houses, and violent exchanges (or him and his crew just shooting people, as it were), there was some incredulity when Shmurda was arrested in December 2014 on a series of charges that include drug dealing, weapons possession, conspiracy to commit murder, and assault.  Shmurda pleaded not guilty and bail was set at $2 million.  Yet two months later, he is still in custody, and apparently upset that his label hasn’t been more supportive, specifically by posting his bail and voicing its support. My gut reaction to Shmurda’s sense of entitlement from his label was disgust. How dare this employee expect his employer to bail him out of a situation he got himself into by allegedly committing crimes? If I go out and catch charges, I’d sooner expect to be fired than for my employer to post my […]

More than a portfolio 2

I’ve been mulling this post over in my head for a while. I’ve sat back and observed, hoping the obvious would become apparent, but … that hasn’t been the case, and it worries me. I have a wide range of friends, both male and female, with varying personal backgrounds, educational attainments, career paths, dating situations, etc.  One issue I’ve seen come up consistently among them is the idea of a potential partner “bringing something to the table.” Admittedly, I see this more among my female  friends than male.  The argument is usually something along the lines of them highlighting their attributes on paper and claiming a potential partner should either match or exceed them.  I say on paper not to be facetious, but because the qualities are usually the things that are concrete, such as a college degree, well-paying job, home-ownership – things that indicate independence and financial stability.  I don’t argue that these are factors that one shouldn’t want, if that’s what’s important to you.

The ever-changing face of music

Today, via Twitter, I learned that Fat Beats was closing its New York and Los Angeles retail locations.  I’ve never been to either location, but the realization that I never will hurts.  A TON of the artists I like have expressed how integral Fat Beats was in their careers, both tangibly and otherwise.  Many of them cited how amazing on a personal level it had been to do their first in-store appearances there, or described how legitimizing it felt to see their vinyl in the stores.  Others talked about how you could always trust Fat Beats to have the underground music more mainstream stores couldn’t be counted on to have. Immediately, people jumped to the why.  How could something that has come to be regarded as a “mecca” for hip-hop fans and artists be closing?  It truly is a hip-hop institution, so what went wrong?  The same answer echoed (and was retweeted): people don’t buy music.  DJs don’t vinyl anymore.  Fans don’t purchase physical music, either.  More than that, when people do purchase physical music, they do it at big box chains like Best Buy, Walmart and Target, but not local mom and pop spots, like Fat Beats, CD Game […]

Get a job!

Apparently today's big buzz is about a judge ordering Nas to pay his ex-wife Kelis $10,000 a month in spousal support until he takes care of the $299,000 he owes her in back child support and alimony.   o_0   I guess I should preface this by saying I don't believe in divorce. I do, however, believe in prenuptial agreements.  But I especially don't believe in alimony/spousal support.   To me, marriage is a very sacred thing.  A committment acknowledged between to people in love who also love each other that is professed before man, the government, and most importantly, God.  Divorce would only happen if something egregious occurred — like he abused me or the kid(s), sexually assaulted/molested anyone, or became addicted to drugs. Outside of that, I'd like to think I'd know someone well enough to know they wouldn't do shit like become a drug dealer, kill people (though sometimes that's justifiable), etc.  For me, marriage will happen (if/when it happens) ONCE.  No divorces. What part of "til death do us part" don't folks get?   I know that is in stark contrast with the fact that I support prenuptial agreements.  People typically look at this as a […]

Archive: The Tipping Point?

I chanced upon someone else’s page and they brought up the issue of commercial rap, and how people assume that just because white people are buying your albums, you just gotta be commercial. Oh Man! There are so many ways to look at this, but I wanna use The Roots and their album “The Tipping Point” to illustrate my point. In this month’s issue of XXL, the group talks about how this album is more … sigh … what’s the word I’m looking for … commercial. No. More … average hip-hop listener friendly. The group wants more mainstream success. I can’t blame them … they got bills to pay. As ?uestlove said, “I’d rather have to deal with the embarrassment of someone questioning my artistic merit than with, ‘Why’s he moving back into his mom’s house?’”