BREAKING: Curtis Shot in Foot

 

By his own record label.

So representatives from Interscope just hit me up and asked me to remove the Curtis and Justin joint. The request by itself isn’t out of the ordinary, especially when album cuts leak prior to the official release date, or when singles hit the streets before that magical day that the labels decide the public is ready to hear them. So it’s no big deal, and I have no problem removing the song, but let’s talk about how stupid a move this is for a minute.

So far Curtis has released 3 or 4 underwhelming songs in a futile attempt to get the public amped for this album. While it’s certainly not my kind of hip-hop, there’s a good chance that that record and the single with the other white boy will be the only joints that will make this CD take off the way GRODT or The Assacre did. I say this because while "She Wants It" is a fucking awful rap song, its actually not a half bad pop song.

So what appears to have happened was the song leaked at some point yesterday and by last night it was available on sites all over the internet for free download. Of course Interscope can’t allow that because, as we all know, the majors are no longer in the business of selling albums. No, they are now in the ringtone and individual digital download business, so they see a leak like this as potentially devestating to their bottom line.

Now they find themselves in a position where they have to force me, a blogger and the same guy that they beg to post their shitty "label approved" songs, to remove the track from my site. Oh, so now you’re mad at me because not only can you not control the distribution of the music that is your company’s lifeblood, but you don’t understand the way things work in this day and age? Now you have staff members wasting their time tracking down an mp3 that had already spread across the globe while you were still curled up in your G-Unit pajamas with your Tickle me Yayo doll action figure. NEWSFLASH: It’s waaay to fucking late now guys. 

I’d like to point the suits at Interscope, and all of the other majors for that matter, to a free downloadable (take note!) e-book called The 20 Things You Must Know About Music Online by Andrew Dubber. Please feel free to peruse the entire thing, but for the purposes of this lesson, you can skip right ahead to #2 which explains the principle of "Hear/Like/Buy." Now check this fly shit out:

It’s the golden rule. People hear music, then they like music, then they buy music. It’s the only order it can happen in. If you try to do it in any other sequence, it just won’t work. 

He goes into greater detail then that, but you get the drift. And is he lying? I don’t think so. You have to hear something to like it and (hopefully, for the labels) purchase it. It seems pretty logical that if their is a buzz around a new song, the label would want to feed that buzz rather than stifle it.

But labels nowadays don’t seem to be able to fathom this concept, even though they’ve been practicing it for decades with radio. No, now that everything is digital, God forbid a listener should get their hands on a CD quality mp3 of a potential iTunes single. The kicker is that, these are the same labels that are talking the artists into making entire albums full of ringtones and radio friendly trash and driving consumers away from full album purchases in the first place.

But whatever, what the fuck do I know. Props to the independent labels who fill my inbox with mp3’s everyday and encourage the sharing of music. We as music fans should be doing whatever we can to support those companies.  Shout to Interscope for that Cashis ad in the sidebar. Oh, and big shout to Curtis, I’ll see you on September 12.


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383 Responses to “BREAKING: Curtis Shot in Foot”

  1. Phuque Says:

    # SIX2SIX Says:
    July 6th, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    Phuque send em to daddy6262003@yahoo

    ^^Not to be rude but….who is you??

  2. tyrone biggums Says:

    co-sign greenie….i only heard the last 3 songs but shit sounded dope and defintely 3 great choices

  3. Phuque Says:

    @ Billz – Word…good lookin’ (nhjicglich)

  4. green eyes Says:

    lol @ phuque either turning down 50 who is trying desperately to please the NR crowd or giving the bird to a troll trying to skeez his trcks

  5. Phuque Says:

    lol Greenie

  6. tyrone biggums Says:

    # green eyes Says:
    July 6th, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    lol @ phuque either turning down 50 who is trying desperately to please the NR crowd or giving the bird to a troll trying to skeez his trcks

    * keels over and dies *

  7. tyrone biggums Says:

    lmao @ flex……” sam goody is finished right now ” ….

  8. BKScribe Says:

    # green eyes Says:
    July 6th, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    lol @ phuque either turning down 50 who is trying desperately to please the NR crowd or giving the bird to a troll trying to skeez his trcks

    ^LOL I got a video comin soon.. that addresses that very subject

  9. green eyes Says:

    im saying… you dont think two times reports back the shit we say?

    two: Yo, fif… they aint feelin it

    50: none of it? but i got that crakka ass justin timberlake

    two: NR dont care about that

    50: damn man… did you tell em about vitamin water?

    two: yeah dog– they hate on everything. except joe buddens.

    50: well call that man up… we can do a duet!

  10. tyrone biggums Says:

    lmao @greenie

  11. Big Homie Says:

    green eyes Says:

    July 6th, 2007 at 6:12 pm
    im saying… you dont think two times reports back the shit we say?

    two: Yo, fif… they aint feelin it

    50: none of it? but i got that crakka ass justin timberlake

    two: NR dont care about that

    50: damn man… did you tell em about vitamin water?

    two: yeah dog– they hate on everything. except joe buddens.

    50: well call that man up… we can do a duet!

    *dies*

  12. LL(not the rappa) Says:

    green eyes Says:

    July 6th, 2007 at 6:12 pm
    im saying… you dont think two times reports back the shit we say?

    two: Yo, fif… they aint feelin it

    50: none of it? but i got that crakka ass justin timberlake

    two: NR dont care about that

    50: damn man… did you tell em about vitamin water?

    two: yeah dog– they hate on everything. except joe buddens.

    50: well call that man up… we can do a duet!

    ^^^^^^LMAO..!..sounds accurate *waves @ 2x*

  13. LL(not the rappa) Says:

    green eyes Says:

    July 6th, 2007 at 6:12 pm
    im saying… you dont think two times reports back the shit we say?

    two: Yo, fif… they aint feelin it

    50: none of it? but i got that crakka ass justin timberlake

    two: NR dont care about that

    50: damn man… did you tell em about vitamin water?

    two: yeah dog– they hate on everything. except joe buddens.

    50: well call that man up… we can do a duet!

    ^^^^^^LMAO..!..sounds accurate *waves @ 2x*

  14. Big Homie Says:

    Since we was talking about who the best duo in Hip Hop not too ago, I solved all the problems here

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96YACmvX4xk

  15. Mac Brown Says:

    green eyes Says:

    July 6th, 2007 at 6:12 pm
    im saying… you dont think two times reports back the shit we say?

    two: Yo, fif… they aint feelin it

    50: none of it? but i got that crakka ass justin timberlake

    two: NR dont care about that

    50: damn man… did you tell em about vitamin water?

    two: yeah dog– they hate on everything. except joe buddens.

    50: well call that man up… we can do a duet!

    ***ROTFLMBAO!!!

    Damn………you at it again

  16. el_feces_loco Says:

    # Shanti Says:
    July 6th, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    sometimes crazy reminds me of el feces loco.

    ^^^You rang?..

    The gangs all here huh? Waddup ShanT.I,.Gween Beans.,ike, foe,,TYBiGGs,land, crazy88, joe88, all of yous…and last but not least my nigga Simon aka Eskay.

    I’m back..been out the loop 4 a min, been gettin my panhandling(no red Lobster’s dishwasher) on, stackin my paper (no NY POst warehouse worker)…who knew taking over the world would take longer than 4 months?

  17. ian Says:

    Eskay, how does Dubber’s #2 principle of “hear/like/buy” apply if you’re already giving away the track on this site for free while also acknowledging as you do that we’re in a single, not album, sales market?

  18. el_feces_loco Says:

    # LL(not the rappa) Says:
    July 6th, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    @loco….was the chick in that pic lightskin?

    ^^Naw she was thick skinned..she had more azz than a 2 dollar race horse..haha naw send me the pic again..ill tell u if you is you.

  19. Ja Rule REMEMBER ME Says:

    I’m jealous of Fiddy getting to live out my dream of being a gragadocious asshole and being rich to back it up

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    vitamin water ladies & gentlemen

    vitamin water

  20. moneyray Says:

    yall are the same guys that think T.I. IS a good rapper? smh

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  22. KingML Says:

    Hate is the new love.

    50 is the new Ja Rule.

    Vitamin Water is the new Crystal Pepsi.

    But this rap shit is allllllllll still the same.

  23. Belize Says:

    Good write up Eskay..

  24. Darth Cipher Says:

    stupid interscope… they’ll never learn

    i guess they want to do Re-Up numbers with Curtis

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  26. The Truth... Says:

    (not sure if spoken about already…didn’t read all the comments)

    >> …….which explains the principle of “Hear/Like/Buy.”

    I think that right now Interscope knows that with 50’s music it’s more like “Hear/Not Like/Delete track right away/Never buy the album” at least that’s how I see it. And I honestly think that they hope to sell albums just off the fact that it’s a new 50 album, and not cause it’s a dope album….

  27. Ignite Mindz Says:

    yeah well i used to just tape shit when they played it on the radio and make mixtapes since i was 9 years old. I dont see how downloading is so much different. Did you know how bad companies freaked out when they learned people could dub their tapes and videos, they adapted. TV networks freaked out when they released the remote control because people could change the channel and miss the commercials so easy. They fuckin adapted. Why are these morons running the record industry and cant seem to adapt whatsoever

  28. eskay Says:

    >>Eskay, how does Dubber’s #2 principle of “hear/like/buy” apply if you’re already giving away the track on this site for free while also acknowledging as you do that we’re in a single, not album, sales market?

    it doesn’t apply, and that’s part of my point. if they continue to push songs as ringtones and individual digital downloads, they’re going to ensure that they completely kill the album market. Album sales are down, but people still buy albums, and I’m sure a bunch will buy Curtis…but not if they don’t hear a song from it that they like.

  29. Turkish Delight Says:

    hm, fuck 50..

    he aint shit no more to me..
    the only thing i do like is amusement park,
    but i got sick of that after listening to it
    once or twiicee.

    and his vitamin water is nassttyy.
    hahaaa

  30. DopeMan Says:

    Vitamin water, ladies and gentleman. Vitamin water….

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