What's sad is that I actually posted the press release yet my powers of recall are slipping and getting way too selective:
So I should have remembered that and probably would if I had said more at ProHipHop. Let's call it "chronic" age deficiency and leave it at that!
Hey, I got a question for you guys. I'm interested in the demographics and subcultural perspectives of hip hop fans and since you guys are clearly true hip hop heads, is it a rule that true hip hop heads never admit to being wrong, they just move on to the next point?
That's what I've found over the years as a hip hop blogger and that seems to be the pattern here. Is that like part of the subculture or something?
I can't wait to hear your insightful comments!
That's right. I forgot about that.
Good point. Glad you to see you can step up to the occasion!
But this will make Drake's rise to the top more enjoyable to watch!
Look, Grayson, I don't think I'm any big deal but I did want to establish just enough credentials to let you guys know that when I watch the cycle from initial announcement of an album to resulting album sales and concert news, I often have a sense of what kind of marketing campaign went into it that isn't just based on my personal preferences.
De La Soul just isn't nearly as visible as they could be given their historical status and that's a business issue that affects their ability to share their art.
I could say more but I see how you guys are going to play this sort of thing so I'll leave it at that.
Grayson, thanks for clarifying.
However, he begins and ends his piece with comments about De La Soul's small audience which has to do with popularity. They're not popular so they have a small audience. That's basic logic but old school hip hop heads turn their nose up at discussing business so they can't even figure out how that part fits in.
I'm pointing out the missing pieces in his discussion regarding, in part, their small audience.
In any case, he's lucky to be a columnist since that apparently means he doesn't have to back up his arguments with actual facts.
Since this isn't marked review, it must be willfully ignorant partisanship masquerading as journalism.
"Since De La Soul doesn't call itself the best group alive, and since it doesn't have the one-hit-wonders-in-waiting Soulja Boy and Drake in tow, you likely won't have trouble getting in."
De La Soul doesn't have big audiences because they haven't dropped music that's caught the attention of large numbers of people in a long time.
I'm a nearly fulltime hip hop web publisher and I also run a hip hop press release service and, due to my national visibility, I get a good look at what's happening with hip hop marketing:
De La Soul has not mounted an effective promotional campaign in years. I vaguely remember a comeback album of some sort that was very poorly handled. They're not properly putting in the work to grow their audience. They're relying on folks like you who'll big up them in the press because you're a fan with an old school obsession. A lot of old timers are making comebacks right now and the ones that are reaching out effectively and also have good management support are doing just fine.
Lil Wayne gets big crowds not because he calls himself the best rapper alive but because he hit the mixtape circuit so thoroughly that everybody heard him, particularly hip hop bloggers, and they liked what they heard.
His process of winning over New York, which is still extremely difficult for Southern acts, was a process of creating an inescapable presence and New York capitulated. But not cause he said he was the GOAT or because he was inescapable, but because they liked what they heard!
People love Lil Wayne. Lots of youngsters love Soulja Boy and his presence is strong now, long after the Crank Dat phase has come and gone. He's not going away though it remains to be seen just how strong his pop career will be.
Drake was getting incredible buzz among serious hip hop artists including many who say that they heard about him long before they heard him but it was the performances that won them over. I don't really like him all that much but man does he have some serious fans.
Basic web research would reveal that about Drake. Maybe you should stop digging in the crates for a minute and do your job, eh?
This is just such a poorly done, overwhelmingly personal essay passing for journalism that I'll stop there. But there's plenty more that could be picked apart and I'm very disappointed that the main hip hop journalism that many people in the Triangle see is being written by folks like you.
I was very saddened by this story and especially by news of the antigay Facebook group that sprung up so rapidly.
I'm also saddened to see somebody jumping on the comment about Southern Baptists. Sure, I was raised Southern Baptist and I know they're not all homophobic but I don't see these gay kids threatening Southern Baptists with violence. Yet on a campus with this kind of nonsense happening, gay kids are sadly justified in feeling threatened on a daily basis.
Get a grip and recognize what these kids face. Let's give them support rather than quibbling over the details of their misperceptions.
When they're not worried about getting beaten up, raped or killed, then start harassing them about generalizing about groups who aren't under any kind of serious threat.
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