The 5 Spot: PremRock
PremRock’s picks: Has-Lo, Open Mike Eagle, Jesse Abraham, Elucid and Cavalier. Great writeup and great music, get familiar.
7 Ways to Piss Off Your Studio Engineer
This was great. A lot of rappers just have no fucking clue about how to be professionals and this is a good, grounded and short introduction to reality.
Organized Noize - a master class on album production and collaboration
This was insanely great, you need to read it if you plan on making a rap album in the next decade. Essentialism.
Good advice that always bears repeating. Maybe a little too elementary for the Audible Hype ground but this was a solid primer.
Essential: Al Lindstrom Talks to 4 Indie Label Success Stories
Mello Music Group, Duck Down Records, Strange Music and motherfucking Rhymesayers. Hard to line up a more important crew than that. Must read material for DIY hip hop heads.
PBW Reflects on 15 Years of Stones Throw Records
That’s right: 15 years. A lot of folks lose sight of that fact when they’re assessing the accomplishments of Stones Throw…shit takes time yo…shit takes time.
In a Diversified Rap Game, It's Getting Harder to Stand Out
Some interesting points wrapped around a great rundown of eXquire and King Louie’s 2011 career moves.
Ghosts of Def Jam's Past
Damn. Great piece.
Real Yeti Rap
An Interview with Sophie Reeves, Tour Manager for Pretty Lights
Excellent work from Greg “Quiet Entertainer” Freeman, interviewing a music biz pro on successful touring, planning, logistics…very tasty.
Bob Lefsetz on Artist Coaching
One of his best in awhile: must-read status.
Thes One on Why Artists Should Boycott Spotify
Great read from the People Under the Stairs renaissance man Thes One. He also touches on planning album releases and making an album launch the biggest event possible…
How Did Copyright Law Get so Utterly Fucked Up?
Great, short review from Cory Doctorow on a Harvard book that just got published, “Creative License,” that examines the tangled minefield of modern copyright and usage clusterfuckitude.
Jimmy Iovine: Still Human Trash
An amazing find: when Jimmy is interested in new artists, he uses fraudulent DCMA notices to get all their music taken down…before he even approaches them. For reasons the article makes clear, Jimmy will never face consequences for doing this routinely. But hot damn, he really should.