|Once upon a time not long ago... this was my dollar and a dream|
It's interesting, before I even thought of writing this I had to take a long look in the mirror...
The reality is, I have over 15+ years in this business either as a blogger, events host, music director, radio station owner, podcaster and artist manager and none of that means shit to the current climate. Relatively speaking, we have embraced the drama, seduction, pettiness, and backstabbing nature that would make Shonda Rhimes blush and keep Mona Scott Young in business for eternity.
But this isn't a narrative for me to downplay the way these talented Black women have become media giants, it's to feed the nature that the business is dying to live and living to die. And what stands in the way of it living: the old guard.
Yep, the gatekeepers who withhold the untapped talent of the independent and unsigned music field across this often deem dead globe we call Earth. Or should I say the ones they tap into and suck them dry once they got all of their talent out of them.
|How I Perceive The Record Industry Looks At Talent...|
Here's a interesting take I saw today. UK based media company The Telegraph highlighted something eerie but true: The music industry is exploitative. You heard it. But while they reference Simon Cowell and his exploits they pointed out some of the key faults that some artists tend to fall into....
"If you go on a TV talent show that majors on theatrical emoting, dodgy cover versions, faux sincere judges and the lure of instant fame and fortune, then perhaps you’re setting yourself up to be manipulated" | Writes @JamesFHall— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) April 8, 2021
Read more: https://t.co/hgfXGLKEHP
Yes, that's in reference to the very controversial era of singing on television for a contract.
But while even I got caught up in the Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood hype, I clamored for more for the R&B/Hip-Hop/Rap community and yet... nothing. While I am not purposely shoving aside The Rap Game or Rhythm & Flow, its certainly not enough for what is necessary to change the culture. But here we are in a world where it's those genres that are most harvested for content because of either its viral nature on social media or immense talent individuals within it.
|Cher Lloyd, who finished fourth in The X Factor in 2010, this week used TikTok to accuse the show of “selling me the dream just to exploit me"|
|"Sky's documentary Framing Britney Speaks... it was a painful account of how badly her mental health suffered at the height of her fame" - @TheTelegraph (Twitter)|