Artists should get PAID

Artists should get PAID

That title is very very simple but the concept is not. This morning I read an article on the Ottawa Sun about a band that was requested to play for free at Canada Day Kanata. A yearly event that attracts thousands in Kanata for Canada day, this band was asked to headline FOR FREE. Pathetic. This is a struggle I know about. As an artist (@jeanviews) myself I constantly deal with the issue of getting paid and I will scream this till the day I die: ARTISTS SHOULD GET PAID!!! 

Why? Because we love our craft and work hard for what we do.

Why? Because a “good look” ain’t enough! We have bills!

Why? Because what we do is important and without us, society would be ruined.

Why? Because it is a sign of respect.

Why? Because it is the right thing to do.

If you request an artists services PAY THEM, doesn’t matter if they are your 3rd cousins best friend’s brother. People disrespect artists all the time: Musicians , Painters, Photographers, Videographers, Poets, etc are told “your work doesn’t matter”. How? By y’all not paying us. How do we end this disgusting cycle?

Read my title.

 

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Lil Nas X matters…so damn much

Lil Nas X matters…so damn much

Parody songs have existed from time, I remember the Weird Al Yankovic days of “White and Nerdy” me and the crew would laugh while singing along. Nowadays we have rappers that dedicate their career to trolling, from the innocent Lil Dicky (who can actually rap) to the “test my gangsta” Tekashi Snitch Nine, hip hop comedy has evolved. Now we move to Lil Nas X with his #1 single “Old Town Road”. This song is jokes and it’s perfect for time.

Because of Soundcloud rap we have an era of “genre-less” artists. I’m talking Lil Peep, Xxxtentacion, Lil Uzi Vert, Trippie Redd and Post Malone to name a few. They brand themselves as “rockstars” and aim to move away from the conventions of hip hop. Just like Rock&Roll and the blues slowly became infected by people who have 0 respect for it and want to actively deny the core of it, Hip hop is receiving this treatment. So where does Lil Nas X fit in this? Nas X came thru and said “y’all wanna play? Hold my beer” and released one of the most lit Country TRAP songs I’ve ever heard!

Folks wanna hop in our genre for clout without respect for the craft. Yes I’m talking about you Post Malone, Lil Xans, Macklemore and Iggy Azalea. These are artists are quick to wave the hip hop flag then move on from it because they are “gendre-less”. It’s no coincidence that they are white, they have a privilege that can only be afforded to white people. Marky Mark, Kid Rock, Vanilla Ice and even 2014 Miley Cyrus are a few examples of this “trend”. This is why Lil Nas X was considered “not country enough” for the billboard charts (p.s. it was lowkey a marketing scheme) they want to put us in a box, in the words of DJ annoying ass Khaled “they dont want you to win”. These artists have the privilege of being “artists” and not categorized as “urban”. This is why Nas X matters, he FLIPPED THE SCRIPT and for that I’m grateful.

When his album comes out I’m BUYING that bih and supporting all his endeavors into predominately white musical gendres. And I suggest y’all do the same.

Why Nipsey Hussle’s death broke my heart

Why Nipsey Hussle’s death broke my heart

Sunday evening as I was watching another episode of “Heroes” on Amazon video I was scrolling through IG and fell on the most heart breaking news I’ve read in years. Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was shot and killed in broad day light in his store. A small tear fell down my cheek because 3 things came to my mind:

  1. Nipsey is Us: He was born to an American mother and an Eritrean father, he is a child of the diaspora and I couldn’t help but see myself in him. A black man raised in poverty, that went through the growing pains of the streets to become a Black businessman focused on his community. If that ain’t the American dream I don’t know what is. Working from the bottom (even doing crime at times) to get to the top. The man was nominated for Rap Album of the Year when 5 years prior folks clowned him for selling 100$ albums. Nipsey is who we ASPIRE to be! A black male that was born in circumstances beyond his control but decided to TAKE control.
  2. Envy in the Black Community : I understand that he was making a documentary on Dr. Sebi and the impact he had but I also understand niggas. Nipsey most likely knew the shooter on a personal level because 2 hours before his death he made a cryptic tweet “Having strong enemies is a blessing”. This was not a CIA/FBI tin foil hat conspiracy, HELL NAH, this a jealous and evil nigga that decided to end the life a black leader. Envy in the black community has manifested itself so many times, last year we lost Xxxtentacion, few years ago we lost Bankroll Fresh and even before that we lost Chinx Drugs. Men who stayed in their hood and got killed by their own. This murder was premeditated, it was erratic and it was based on ENVY and JEALOUSY! Why can’t we let our people win? Why must we blame the white man when we are killing each other? Why can’t we stop the cycle of violence in our communities?
  3. The Family of Nip: As all the dedications and RIP posts rolled up I learned one major thing: this man was loved and respected. My heart broke when I realized Hussle has left this world with a young child and the love of his life, Lauren London. My heart broke when I realized Crenshaw and Slauson would never be the same because of all the business he brought. My heart broke when I realized that this death could ignite gang violence in LA between Crips and Bloods. My heart broke when I realized that Yesterday (April 1st) Nip was planning to meet LAPD to discuss ways to improve impoverished communities.  And my heart broke because we lost one of the most influential leaders in our generation. We as a people have lost a family member, Nipsey is our brother and when family leaves our hearts are beyond broke.

We can’t let his legacy die, just like Tupac, Nipsey had a mission that was beyond music. On several interviews you could tell that he wasn’t just “a rapper” he was more than that. I dare you to listen to any Nipsey album/mixtape and tell me you didn’t find GEMS. I dare you. So what happens now? I want to challenge everyone to listen to every Nipsey Hussle song on SPOTIFY, APPLE MUSIC OR ANY STREAMING SITE because he owned his masters and every cent will go to his family. I want to challenge everyone to buy a product off themarathonclothing.com , I want to challenge everyone to look after black men because this effects us too. I want to challenge everyone to spread love to those you love (and those you don’t) because you never know which day will be their last.

Follow up to my Cardi B post

Follow up to my Cardi B post

When I started this blog in 2013 it was a hobby, something easy and chill to do, from my very first post I made it clear that this was for fun. The tag line for this page is “A good waste of time” but slowly I’ve realized that this site has an impact and I want to start off by saying this: THIS IS MY BLOG, MY VIEWS AND I CAN EXPRESS MYSELF ANYWAY I WANT! A lot of you don’t know me, my intentions and it shows, especially when it came to my Cardi B post yesterday. So let me make 3 things clear:

  1. My main point (thesis) was that Cardi B represents what I don’t want in hip hop and black culture in general. Yes I admit it comes off as judgy and yes I used harsh words but that was my point. Plain and simple I use controversial words to increase engagement. And yes my word choice can be improved. The way I addressed it made folks uncomfortable but the Internet is beautiful. Why? Because you can exit my site and go towards your echo chamber, never challenge your own views and never learn from others.
  2. Cardi and R. Kelly are not the same, I know this. I juxtaposed both of them to show how absurd Twitter (and most social media) has become. Making a false equivalency (google that) with disgusting crimes is not right! My message is consistent, I don’t like Cardi or what she represents! Some have argued that Nicki Minaj is in the same lane as her, following the hyper-sexual Lil Kim path and I agree. The only difference is Minaj has authentic hip hop talent and respects the culture therefore I respect her more. She writes her own rhymes and has put in the work, two things I can’t say for Cardi. To top that off Barti has said in radio interviews that she is a “bag chaser” which tells me that she cares less about the culture and more about the bank account, this is one of the reasons I will never respect her.
  3. I’m not perfect and I never claimed to be, we are all flawed and for folks to go out there and take a moral high ground makes me suspicious of them. I can’t even number the amount of Trash things I’ve done (and still do). Of course I can improve the tone of my writing (and I will), of course I could use different words to make my points (and I will) and of course I am open to hearing different opinions and views (and I always will) but I hate where our generation is going. I hate where our society is going. If you don’t fit into the box of mainstream thought you’re a cancer. Imma make this clear, I like being different and I will always be ME! Regardless of any comments, rumors or anything haters throw at me, and I hope you are the same. Authenticity is rare and I aim to be authentic in all parts of my life.

 

Thank you for reading.

Nav (and your favorite rapper) wants clout more than money

Nav (and your favorite rapper) wants clout more than money

Came across an interesting Instagram post by 6ixbuzz, the popular Toronto based hip hop page, about Nav and how he wants fame. I was SHOOK so I decided to make a poll on my photography page @jeanviews (follow dat! best up and coming shooter in the city) to see if folks wanted Clout or Money. It was all cap, folks voted 90% money and 10% clout. CAPPING IS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH! Nav made it clear, he wants fame, he wants the TMZ cameras, he wants attention, he’s clout chasing and I find that pathetic.

I’ve written several times about social media but few times about clout and here is my unfiltered view. Most of us (rappers included) want clout more than money. Imma give you an easy example: look at IG model Sommer Ray. Like most Instagram models she has a large following and makes tons of money to advertise for brands but in many interviews she admits to loving the fame more than money. If you do some research you’ll find out that her mother bought a pornstar’s IG to propel her daughter into social media stardom. In this case you’d think that her eyes are on the BAG first, but NAH it’s about clout!

For Nav to fall into that trap of clout chasing is disappointing as hell! After a solid album (Bad Habits review on the way) and great potential the man still wants clout, something that mega artists such as Bieber, Beyonce, Drake, Kanye try to avoid…Why chase clout when you can chase money? This generation is sad.

Full disclosure: I used to think like Nav. I used to want clout more than money and I hope I never go back their again. Let’s aim to be legends at what we do, let’s aim to support or family, let’s aim to make the bag in silence and with integrity.

Why I will never rock with Cardi B

Why I will never rock with Cardi B

I read the media landscape, I have twitter, that’s why I was surprised to see a weird hash tag… #SurvivingCardiB…tf? It’s a play on words to #SurvivingRKelly trend. Years ago Cardi went on IG live and rambling about luring men into having sex but drugging them first before and robbed them after. Let me keep it all the way real This AINT IT CHIEF! Cardi is Not R. Kelly, the pedophile superstar singer that had sex with underage girls, she has never inflicted such damage. She is not an abuser but she is utter complete trash and everyone like her is trash!

Let me make this clear, I absolutely hate Cardi. And let me make this crystal, I HATE what she represents: Hoe, Stripper, Finesse, Loose Morals, Ratchet, Ignorant, Dumb culture! When folks stan for criminals and hoes that’s where I draw the line. Since when did we decide it’s cool to be a hoe? Since when did we decide it’s cool to drug and rob men? Since when did we decide it’s cool to have ghost writers for 90% of songs? Since when did we decide it’s cool to make a mockery of rap? Since when did we decide it’s cool to be bird on social media? Since when did we decide to let Cardi B be a role model for girls?

Y’all did that, y’all decide that Integrity doesn’t matter. Morals don’t matter. Being virtuous doesn’t matter. Having class doesn’t matter. None of this shit matters unless you’re getting to the bag…that is the motto for 2019…

The hard truth is y’all don’t care. You guys would rather keke and haha at the fuckery instead of look deeper. To me Cardi is a recycling of trash rappers that the music Industry and multi national corporations feed us to tear down the very fabric of our society. To fill the stereotype of a ratchet ghetto black female which falls into the prism of how they see us, she’s a mockery of our culture and our people. But y’all don’t care…y’all just want to twerk to mediocre bars…y’all will never care…

 

P.S.   Rico Nasty, Dej Loaf, Young MA, Noname Gypsy, Nicki Minaj and many more female rappers are 10x better than Cardi and less problematic, support them!

We must protect BIG DRACO at all costs!!!

We must protect BIG DRACO at all costs!!!

Soulja Boy is a hip hop legend and we need our legends to REMIND us who they are! He gave us hits on hits on hits. Crank Dat, Kiss Me thru the Phone, She got a Donk, Soulja Girl, Birdwalk , etc .  Before people said “Mumble” rappers and “Sound cloud” rappers killed hip hop YOUNG DRACO was getting allllll the hate. Did you remember when he was beefing Ice-T ? Of course you don’t because that was 9 YEAR AGO!!!!

Big Soulja has outlasted 99% of the rappers in the mid to late 2000s I dare you to name me 5 rappers that were popular in 2007 and are still in headlines today? Your favorite artists could NEVER! We must protect him at all costs, straight up. Please please watch the FULL Breakfast Club interview, it’s the most entertaining hour of your life, you will cry laughing and learn a lot about the rap game! Let me list off the things Lord Draco has done:

  • Streaming (Limewire era he finessed the system)
  • YouTube Rappers (he got flown out YT Headquarters in 2007)
  • Putting on Tyga, Famous Dex, Rich the Kid
  • Being in the “Versace” video at 1:19
  • Having 150 Shooters in ATLANTA NIGGA
  • Copyright of the “Crank dat” dance (sorry 2 Milly)
  • BEING THE KING OF RAP TROLLS

And y’all wanna talk about Tyga…TYGA?!?! TYGA!?!?! We need Soulja after Tekashi’s arrest, we need KING DRACO and we NEED to protect him!