How far must I go to gain respect?
Umm well, its kind of simple, just remain your own
Or youll be crazy sad and alone. Industry rule number four thousand and eighty,
Record company people are shadyyy!! – Tribe Called Quest (Check The Rhime)
I’ve been in the music industry for a long time now and it seems like every 4 or 5 months theres something strange going on when people lose sight of their plans in the face of opportunism. It use to bother me knowing that I worked in a world where no one trust each other and people only have honor loyalty through contracts. That was the old me though, I no longer let any of that bother me because it’s simply about protecting yourself.
You see there are three types of people in the music business. People who care about art and want to make great music, people who want to make money and those who just want to be famous. There are however hybrid types who value all three but just be wary of the extremists. When it comes down to the wire those cats will act on their obsessions and destroy all in their path to get it. This may sound discouraging but if your trying to come up in the business its very difficult to avoid these people so just remember to protect yourself. You don’t have to think about it too much, that’s no good because it will take away from your creativity and affect the vibe but just outline your interest, be strong about it and don’t let people take credit for your work.
At the end of the day, no one who plays dirty gets away with it and they do pay the price in one way or another. I’m posting this song today because I don’t play in that game and when it comes to my close friends we’re coming up together regardless of the circus around us…
So if ya heart stop beatin’ I’ll go back in time
Make your heart beat again real ni*&@s till the end
We try to succeed ni$&@s smoke weed
To real ni#*@ that could relate it…” – CNN (Live On Live On)
I’ve known some of the people I work with for over 15 years and its always been about the music, nothing else. I’ve been very fortunate to receive love and help from honest people who don’t expect anything in return and that’s what it’s about. It takes a while to understand the impact that has on you but in the end it changes your approach and I’m grateful for it because loyalty is hard to come by these days, so hard that sometime you can’t even recognize when you have it…
What is mine is yours…”