On Rap Blogging and Music Leaks

Here’s a great clip of Just Blaze breaking down both sides of the perpetual conflict between artists and their record labels and the bloggers who post their music.

I think Just explained it pretty damn well, but alot of thoughts about this very subject have been floating around in my head lately, so I figured this was as good a time as any to let them loose.

I can’t speak for every blogger out there, but I can say that personally, I am well aware of the fact that pretty much all of the music we post here, we are posting at the pleasure of the artists and labels. Simply put, the artists and labels have every legal right to C&D (C&D = Cease and Desist: the legal warning that copyright holders send out to websites who have posted their material) us into oblivion if they saw fit to do so. So we know that. But we also know that they choose not to do so. And we know that 90% of the music being posted on rap blogs nowadays comes from, or is sanctioned by, the labels or within the artists camp.

But then there is the issue of unsanctioned, premature leaks. These are the songs we are most likely to get C&D’d for. These are the tracks that are unfinished, or were stolen and leaked against the wishes of the artist or simply aren’t supposed to be out yet. So we’ll get our hands on them, post them and then end up having to take the song down. And it’s at this point that some of us go on Twitter to complain (read: cry), or start drafting a big angry blog post about why the label that threatened us is the devil, or whatever. And then neutral folks who don’t blog or record music (civilians) read those rants and say to themselves: “Shut the fuck up crybaby blogger, you have nothing to complain about, it was never your music to post in the first place, yadda yadda.”

And I guess that’s understandable. We probably do come across like colossal douchebags at times. But what folks don’t understand is that there’s usually a deeper, underlying reason for our anger. For one, how the fuck are we supposed to know if a song isn’t finished, or wasn’t sanctioned for release or whatever? If you don’t pre-emptively tell us, “hey, you might come across a leaked copy of so-and-so’s song with so-and-so, can you please refrain from posting it”, then how are we supposed to know? The vast majority of you label people don’t communicate with us on that level, but yet you have no problem sending us unsolicited, boilerplate emails when you have some wack radio single you want posted everywhere. So we get a song, post it and then turn around to a fucking legal threat from some fuck head suit in our inbox and we momentarily spazz. So we’re human, fucking sue us (kidding, please don’t).

I have also been known to spazz after being C&D’d for posting a song that I didn’t initially know wasn’t sanctioned for release, but could really only benefit from being posted across the blogs. Those situations are tricky because I know I’m legally in the wrong, but the overwhelming stupidity and lack of internet savvy on the part of the people threatening me just makes me utterly irate. And while we’re on the subject of lack of internet savvy, you know what else is wack? When a song leaks on 5000 sites and only a handful of popular blogs are C&D’d. Then you ask somebody at the label why you’re being singled out and they tell you because your site is so big. Oh so it’s cool if the song leaks to 2,000 people, but not 20,000? And now I’m the only asshole who doesn’t have the song posted so I look like I’m slipping. How does that make sense? Oh and while we were discussing it, another 1000 people downloaded it and posted it on their blogs, and Twitter, and so on and so on…

NEWSFLASH: Once a song has been leaked onto the internet, it’s a wrap. It’s over. There’s nothing you can do about it, and by asking a few bloggers to take it down, all you’re doing is pissing off those few bloggers in your futile attempt to stop the unstoppable. If you go online and see that your song leaked, the best thing you can do is fume for a minute, get it out your system and keep it moving. Anything else is a waste of everybody’s time. You can continue to deny this undisputable fact or you can accept it, it’s up to you. I know the internet is this big mysterious beast that is sometimes beneficial to you and sometimes not, but you are never going to be able to control it and once you understand and accept that, we can all move forward.

Then there’s the situation where a person that you know for a fact works for the artist or label sends you a track, and you post it and you get C&D’d anyway. Really? You send me this shit to post so you can get your buzz up, I post it and I’m rewarded with a legal threat? Stop it 5.

As somebody who’s been dealing with this shit for 6+ years now, I can tell you right now that this is just a manifestation of the laziness that permeates the music industry. It’s just a continuation of the same old theme where they love blogs when they can serve as a promotional shortcut, but don’t really respect them beyond that. And I guess you could say we’ve allowed that mentality to flourish. We should’ve played hard ball from day one, but we didn’t or weren’t in a position to, and now here we are. I could go on for days with different scenarios, but the point is, we’re usually not just complaining without (what we feel is) good reason. It is certainly not from a sense of entitlement.

Which brings me to my next point. It has come to my attention that Lupe Fiasco and several surly looking gentlemen recently approached the homie Shake from 2DopeBoyz to discuss the matter of dude’s music continuously leaking onto the interwebs. I understand that what started out as a conversation deteriorated into yelling and screaming and some physical threats were made. Before I even go any further, let me just say that this type of shit is unacceptable.

I wasn’t there and I don’t know where Lupe is getting his information from, but I can say with absolute certainty that nobody from the NMC is hacking into email accounts or doing anything even remotely shady to obtain unreleased music. As a matter of fact, I’m willing to bet big money that whoever is leaking your shit is closer to you then Shake or any other blogger will probably ever be. But yet, here you are physically threatening a blogger because you saw the song on one of our sites so it must’ve been a blogger who stole the shit right? Not fucking cool.

Again, I can only speak for myself here, but I’d tell any artist who even thinks about coming in my face with any of that “you leaked my music” rah-rah bullshit: you’d better have some damn good proof before the thought even crosses your mind. Just ask yourself: “Is this worth it? Am I certain this guy did this, or am I just going off what some knucklehead in my entourage thinks may have happened? Am I sure that once I confront or physically assault this guy, that I will never for the rest of my life be in a position to get touched back? Can each one of these goons I’m with say the same thing?”

I’m just sayin, because this isn’t the 90’s, we’re not some African bootleggers on Canal St. and you ain’t Tupac nigga.

Look, I’m not an artist, so I’m not gonna sit here and act like I understand what it must be like to see your unfinished work or work that was never meant for public consumption, leak all over the internet. I would imagine that it must suck and I feel you on that. But feel me for a minute. Are there bloggers out there who would leak their own grandmother’s last will and testament if they thought it would bring them some kind of name recognition? Of course there are. But from what I’ve seen in 6+ years of blogging, the percentage of bloggers who do this shit out of love for the music far outnumbers the few scavengers out to make a name for themselves. So when we get our hands on an unreleased gem, we want to listen to it and share it and dissect it with other like minded folks because we’re passionate about you as an artist and rap music in general.

I can also say from experience that the true fans, the people who will either buy that album or single even if they already downloaded it for free, and who will buy that concert ticket no matter what, are not reading those other blogs. So when you generalize all bloggers as thirstbucket music pirates out for easy fame and fortune, you’re doing us and yourself a disservice. That whole notion is counterproductive to everything that we’re all trying to do here. Like Just said in the video, let’s find some way to make this work for everybody. I don’t post entire retail albums on my site and never have. I don’t allow people in the comments to post entire retail albums on my site either. I also include iTunes and Amazon buy links when requested or if I am so inclined. At the end of the day, we are fans of these artists and I don’t think anybody, bloggers or fans, is trying to just straight up disrespect their wishes and their pockets.

That being said though, here’s a little dose of reality for you artist types, because clearly when some of you reach a certain level things start to get a little fuzzy.

You know those bloggers who I mentioned before who are just out for a name, and post your whole album two weeks before it drops and refuse to take down leaks? Those dudes, and a whole bunch of other people that occasionally enjoy your music, don’t give a fuck about your wishes or your album sales. I know this because I used to be one of those people. In case you haven’t looked outside recently, this country is a couple of years deep into a massive recession and niggas are out here hurting. So if somebody downloads your shit to save themselves 12 bucks at the record store, maybe it’s because they have no choice. Are you really gonna sit there and chastise us like you never fucking dubbed a cassette or CD off one of your mans before?

The same thing goes for your unreleased/unfinished tracks. There are a lot of folks who like your music on some level but don’t really give a fuck about you as an artist or person. Those folks might even buy your album, but they certainly don’t give two shits that you didn’t want that 5 year old freestyle to ever be heard. Shit, right now they’re probably about to throw that shit on a Best of You mixtape and go sell it in school for 5 dollars a pop while you fly around in your private jet. So you really have to understand that there’s a whole bunch of people out there who don’t give a fuck about your pockets. Just keep that in mind the next time you decide to open your mouth about losing out on album sales or not charting as high as you wanted to. This is Hip-Hop fam, a culture built on hustling and getting over by any means necessary. A lot of you niggas got rich rapping about this same exact mentality, yet when it comes back around full circle it’s a problem?

Just some food for thought.


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159 Responses to “On Rap Blogging and Music Leaks”

  1. SNORT_snortCRAZY88SINCE88 Says:

    ______________________________________________________________ESKAY!

  2. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    I’m just sayin, because this isn’t the 90’s, we’re not some African bootleggers on Canal St. and you ain’t Tupac nigga.
    ======================================
    I LOL’d

  3. sealsaa Says:

    sealsaa Says:

    May 13th, 2010 at 7:04 pm
    RIGZ Says:

    May 13th, 2010 at 6:59 pm
    Cause Kiss & Styles are better then him and they’re in the same group.

    ^^

    That still dont mean he aint ill though lol…Styles & Jada > Most people
    ^^^^
    Gza has the same problem

  4. Hopp Says:

    Well damn @ the lenght of this post … But I gon’ give it a chance, this should be interesting.

  5. Kareem Says:

    #FuckLupe

  6. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    Am I sure that once I confront or physically assault this guy, that I will never for the rest of my life be in a position to get touched back?

    ^

    CAAAAAAAAAAAAA’ MON SON! LOL!

  7. Bx Blue Says:

    This is some real shit, eskay. I respect it. I think its funny that Lupe was the guy gettin all tough with bloggers. I’m pretty sure I could punch a hole straight through that fags chest. Seriously, I think I could.

    I know this is a Nah sin, but I really never could stand corny ass Lupe. Fuck him and his music. Sorry.

  8. PATRON JAMES Says:

    Fuck Lupe

  9. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    lol at the hbic (head blogger in charge) uprising.(n)

  10. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Am I sure that once I confront or physically assault this guy, that I will never for the rest of my life be in a position to get touched back?
    ==================================
    LOL @ the thought of eskay “touching” someone

  11. NESTLE SNIPES Says:

    Eskay thats too much typing

  12. Danielson The Elusive Says:

    damn, eskay went in but there’s very little to argue with here tbh.

    so does this mean no more Lupe posts on Nah for a while lol?

  13. Dot Says:

    Hit the nail on the head. Great write up.

  14. Bx Blue Says:

    “I smoke boom with the rascals, only hardcore shit no room for Lupe Fiascos. I don’t rap for robots, I rap for mo guap”

    - Sean P

  15. Passionate Brother Pause Says:

    #FUCKLUPE

  16. Dynamics Says:

    *wipes forehead.

    God damn.

    Good read and breakdown.

  17. Ray Stantz Says:

    In a few words — Well fucking said my dude!

  18. Bx Blue Says:

    AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    May 13th, 2010 at 7:11 pm
    Am I sure that once I confront or physically assault this guy, that I will never for the rest of my life be in a position to get touched back?
    ==================================
    LOL @ the thought of eskay “touching” someone

    ^ I hear ya Amp, but we’re talkin about Lupe here not Freddy Foxxx or something. I’m pretty sure Diggy Simmons would run that Chi-town faggots pockets.

  19. Rod Says:

    This is Hip-Hop fam, a culture built on hustling and getting over by any means necessary. _______________________________________ that should shut Lupe up

  20. SeniorCivilian Says:

    I got a friend who stans for Lupe and even he doesn’t try to defend his bitch ass-ness off the mic.

  21. DW Says:

    Well said eskay.

  22. Shooter Says:

    lol at Lupe confronting people with gooons

  23. PATRON JAMES Says:

    bun b vs lupe

  24. NESTLE SNIPES Says:

    Lupe has goons?

    Shake must be a pussy to get punked by Lupe?

    This reminds of the Bun B and Bol beef…Bol backed down from meeting up.

  25. T Nelson Says:

    thats why i say fuck all the new bullshyt out there now and dig in the crates a lil and get back to appreciating the music that got us here…the wack music these industry niggas dont understand that we wouldnt buy anyway fails in comparison to the golden years of 92-98….

  26. Leonard Washington aka the Silky Johnson of Nah Right=HATE! HATE! HATE! Says:

    I hope lupe reads this and whoops eskay’s ass(II)…………lol

  27. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Eskay’s default mode is crybaby.

    He’s just tight he doesn’t get the respect from the labels that he feels he deserves.

  28. Bx Blue Says:

    Lupe’s goons come equiped with butterfly knives in their murses and bb guns in their size 24W jeans. Colorful homo thugs FTL.

  29. what hu, whats man, whats human Says:

    premo says *Word up..

  30. Polka Says:

    lol @ Lupe. The fuck ?

    Real talk from eskay is the real, real talk.

  31. Bx Blue Says:

    AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    May 13th, 2010 at 7:23 pm
    Eskay’s default mode is crybaby.

    He’s just tight he doesn’t get the respect from the labels that he feels he deserves.

    ^ Amp, you the same dude that complained when they left you off the panel discussing Em’s new single right? Just checking.

  32. Selly Says:

    Eskay is the only blogger I respect enough to read an entire essay from.

    Fuck Lupe

  33. baby jesus Says:

    damnn

  34. baby jesus Says:

    and you ain’t Tupac nigga.

    ^
    potent

  35. Bx Blue Says:

    what hu, whats man, whats human Says:

    May 13th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    ^ We have a winner for worst Nah name. Congrats.

  36. PATRON JAMES Says:

    smh at YN getting punked by lupe

  37. Hopp Says:

    But yet, here you are physically threatening a blogger because you saw the song on one of our sites so it must’ve been a blogger who stole the shit right?

    ^^

    ‘The fuck ? Word this happened ? Man, that’s going too fucking far … Like, seriously …

  38. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Eskay’s default mode is crybaby.

    He’s just tight he doesn’t get the respect from the labels that he feels he deserves.

    ^ Amp, you the same dude that complained when they left you off the panel discussing Em’s new single right? Just checking.
    ==============================================
    Rosenberg over me?

    C’mon man.

  39. Bx Blue Says:

    AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    May 13th, 2010 at 7:27 pm
    Eskay’s default mode is crybaby.

    He’s just tight he doesn’t get the respect from the labels that he feels he deserves.

    ^ Amp, you the same dude that complained when they left you off the panel discussing Em’s new single right? Just checking.
    ==============================================
    Rosenberg over me?

    C’mon man.

    ^ Hahaha fair enough. Although I respect Rosenberg’s musical opinion over the jokers from Itsthereal. I mean, if I had to pick a jew to respect that is.

  40. Hopp Says:

    Most of y’all won’t care, but let me just tell you :

    You lose if you ain’t read this.

  41. Lee (TeamSupreme) Says:

    fucking brilliant post. end of.

  42. Crackavelli Tha Don Says:

    Eskay wrote that long ass write up and I read it…just like listening to Yeezy’s “Last Call” all the way through…every time…

  43. rex hussla Says:

    *dead* at the thought of Lupe’s goons rolling up on Shake on BMX bikes and Razor scooters

  44. Crackavelli Tha Don Says:

    Yall ready to see LeBron James go Super Saiyan on the Celts?

  45. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    *dead* at the thought of Lupe’s goons rolling up on Shake on BMX bikes and Razor scooters
    ===================================
    They were about to Kick, Push Shake’s ass lol

  46. baby jesus Says:

    *dead* at the thought of Lupe’s goons rolling up on Shake on BMX bikes and Razor scooters

    ^
    with colorful ass sneakers and g-shocks on. smh

  47. eskay Says:

    >>Shake must be a pussy to get punked by Lupe?

    not for nothing but Shake’s not a pussy, he held his ground against a bunch of dudes and didn’t get touched.

    >>LOL @ the thought of eskay “touching” someone

    of course Amp would be the guy saying this.

    it’s whatever, niggas can take my words however they want to, but i’m 5+ years in this blogging shit and not one commenter, rapper or goon has ever gotten out of pocket with me much less layed hands on me.

    not saying i’m a tough guy, just telling you the FACTS.

  48. baby jesus Says:

    you aint have to throw shake under the bus tho e$. lmao that was coldblooded

  49. sealsaa Says:

    baby jesus Says:

    May 13th, 2010 at 7:31 pm
    *dead* at the thought of Lupe’s goons rolling up on Shake on BMX bikes and Razor scooters

    ^
    with colorful ass sneakers and g-shocks on. smh
    ^^^

    He claims to be a Muslim, so i’m guessing bow ties/high and tight fades.

  50. DDotOmen Says:

    this nigga went in.

  51. DDotOmen Says:

    and just to piggy back what Eskay said.

    ddotomen.com/2010/04/08/warner-bros-records-files-lawsuits-against-blogs-over-gucci-mane/

  52. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    i’m 5+ years in this blogging shit and not one commenter, rapper or goon has ever gotten out of pocket with me much less layed hands on me.

    not saying i’m a tough guy, just telling you the FACTS.
    =======================================
    Be honest though, Big Kill had you under pressure lol.

    Blogger’s gotta have tough skin, but if you talk tough you gotta anticipate someone calling your bluff at one point or another.

    Lucky for you guys, most of these rappers are actors with a mic.

  53. baby jesus Says:

    # DDotOmen Says:
    May 13th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    this nigga went in.

    ^
    smh

  54. sealsaa Says:

    not for nothing but Shake’s not a pussy, he held his ground against a bunch of dudes and didn’t get touched.
    ^^^^

    Lupe>”You know the type/loud as a motor bike/but wouldn’t bust a grape in a fruit fight”

  55. eskay Says:

    >>Be honest though, Big Kill had you under pressure lol.

    i’ll be honest, that definitely could’ve been the day I caught a bad one.

    but it wouldn’t have been over no blogging shit.

  56. Leonard Washington aka the Silky Johnson of Nah Right=HATE! HATE! HATE! Says:

    it’s whatever, niggas can take my words however they want to, but i’m 5+ years in this blogging shit and not one commenter, rapper or goon has ever gotten out of pocket with me much less layed hands on me.
    ^^^
    thats becuase you hide behind you computers screen or Miss Info most of the time ..Fact you will be the first blogger to get punched in the mouth by a rapper…

  57. SuperCommenter BK Strong Says:

    You got to Knock Lupe out early he probably can fight for 3 days after Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

  58. sealsaa Says:

    Leonard Washington aka the Silky Johnson of Nah Right=HATE! HATE! HATE! Says:

    May 13th, 2010 at 7:40 pm
    it’s whatever, niggas can take my words however they want to, but i’m 5+ years in this blogging shit and not one commenter, rapper or goon has ever gotten out of pocket with me much less layed hands on me.
    ^^^
    thats becuase you hide behind you computers screen or Miss Info most of the time ..Fact you will be the first blogger to get punched in the mouth by a rapper…
    ^^^

    My money’s on Byron Crawford getting touched first, but i’ll be praying that it’s Sandra Rose.

  59. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Fact you will be the first blogger to get punched in the mouth by a rapper…
    ============================================
    I actually could see this happening.

  60. eskay Says:

    >>Fact you will be the first blogger to get punched in the mouth by a rapper…

    that’s cool, I’m prepared to hold that title. but are any of these niggas prepared to be the first rapper punched in the face by a blogger?

    as for hiding behind anything, google me nigga.

  61. Voltron aka fuck detox Says:

    i will personally shoot Bol for his comments about The Ecstatic.

  62. baby jesus Says:

    Fact you will be the first blogger to get punched in the mouth by a rapper…

    ^
    its funny because its true (c) b-ri

  63. jermaine Says:

    i feel just blaze!!! I think blogs should post finished tracks. Stop posting 50 diff versions of one song. Thats why i dont fuck with Wayne bc dude just has to much music floating around that only makes me want to hear an complete album from him.

  64. Rockabye Says:

    (stands, applauds)

  65. Shooter Says:

    i will personally shoot Bol for his comments about The Ecstatic.
    ^^^

    isnt Bol a Mos def stan?

  66. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    My money’s on Byron Crawford getting touched first, but i’ll be praying that it’s Sandra Rose
    ===============================
    Crawford doesn’t leave his house.

    I’d like to see Necole Bitchie duff Mr. Rose out but shorty is built like a starvng Ethiopian so I doubt she has any wins in that one.

  67. DV Says:

    Lupe is such a douche, it’s unreal. He lost the internets back with this one. Fuck him, I’ll never buy anything he ever puts out again… real talk. Or ever post any of his music… he needs an ego check big time.

  68. Sicky Cy Says:

    The labels get so uptight because they think ALL bloggers are blogging to get hits and make money off ads. (If there is anyone out there that’s blogging for that reason, kill yourself.) Str8 up and down n*ggaz love this shit. I started my blog in ’07 from talking on the forums & comments sections on Allhiphop. I had no clue then there was a Nahright, 2Dopeboyz or none of that. I was postin’ shit so the cats I was cool with on Allhiphop would check it out because Allhiphop was slippin’ & it was a lot of hot shit out there that they weren’t postin’.

    I started receiving promo emails in my personal account. Unsolicited. Still do to this day & in my sites account. I don’t really give a fuck about C&Ds because as you said it’s their right but if you C&D don’t think your gonna add me to your promo list & expect me to jump back on your dick. N*gga please.

    I’m a emcee & a producer so unfinished music leaking sux but get over that shit. You should be honored because that means people are interested in your music. Don’t C&D n*ggaz & then get mad that you only sold 30,000 in your 1st week. It ain’t the bloggers. Your shit was just wack.

    I get money off the other shit that I do associated with music.

    Side note: please let one of them n*ggaz run up on me. I’m a 6’2″ 300 lb ex defensive end. I will smack the fire out your security. That is all.

  69. Leonard Washington aka the Silky Johnson of Nah Right=HATE! HATE! HATE! Says:

    that’s cool, I’m prepared to hold that title. but are any of these niggas prepared to be the first rapper punched in the face by a blogger?

    as for hiding behind anything, google me nigga.
    ^^^ lol at internet “tuff”guys Black just because you got a lil short nigga complex doesnt mean you have to have a death wish as well…im jst sayin
    #kanyeshrugs#

  70. Mr.Londoner Says:

    I never understood how Lupe (clearly an internet savvy man) gets shit leaked more than most.. seriously how the fuck can you blame anyone! Fix up Wassulu.

  71. Ghost Writer Says:

    Too dope

  72. Hopp Says:

    I always found funny how not just here but pretty much anywhere negativity attracts way more attention …

    A couple people here actually ain’t talking bad about the post, but why respond to them ?

    That said, I forgot to mention the interview … Just Blaze actually got an interesting point-on-view regarding this situation.

  73. Voltron aka fuck detox Says:

    # Shooter Says:
    May 13th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    i will personally shoot Bol for his comments about The Ecstatic.
    ^^^

    isnt Bol a Mos def stan?

    ^

    bit.ly/aZLE7t

  74. Bx Blue Says:

    I personally hope Jay Smooth is the first to get punched in his face. He is truly a pompous jerkoff. Hey Mr. Smooth, you ain’t that smart you balding cocksucker!

  75. sealsaa Says:

    I’d like to see Necole Bitchie duff Mr. Rose out but shorty is built like a starvng Ethiopian so I doubt she has any wins in that one.
    ^^^^

    Rose is a butch dyke. She’d mop the floor with bitchie, then turn her out.

  76. Shay Says:

    Nicely put, Eskay.

  77. J Says:

    Crackavelli Tha Don Says:

    May 13th, 2010 at 7:30 pm
    Eskay wrote that long ass write up and I read it…just like listening to Yeezy’s “Last Call” all the way through…every time…

    ——————

    haha, i always listen to that all that way through as well. “Yo Gee, you still think we can get that deal with Roc-a-Fella?”

  78. Eastern_Digital aka Nahright's Fantasy Football champ Says:

    I personally hope Jay Smooth is the first to get punched in his face. He is truly a pompous jerkoff. Hey Mr. Smooth, you ain’t that smart you balding cocksucker!

    ^^
    lmao

  79. Eric Mangini Says:

    The niggas that don’t care ain’t gon read all that.

  80. whu? Says:

    Very well put sir.
    & why ur movement continues major relevance.

    Thanks again.

  81. Eric Mangini Says:

    Lupe’s goons musta sent a pre-shot at eskay.

    Overheard after Shake got roughed up: ” and you tell eskay he might be next”

  82. Hollabread Says:

    LMAO @ You aint Tupac Nigga w/ the link! Yonkers nigga shit

  83. Detroit P Says:

    ” Oh so it’s cool if the song leaks to 2,000 people, but not 20,000? And now I’m the only asshole who doesn’t have the song posted so I look like I’m slipping.”

    to

    ” So when we get our hands on an unreleased gem, we want to listen to it and share it and dissect it with other like minded folks because we’re passionate about you as an artist and rap music in general.”
    ^^^^
    contradiction?….is it about keeping up with the blogosphere and maintaining your spot as the top rap blog?….or are you really just THAT compelled to share music and it has nothing to do with

    considering the range of artists you post, some of whom you actually shit on..I’d say its the former and therefore call bullshit on your whole defense..Im sure you post Sean P and Cam out of love….but someone like Kanye or JayZ or Lil Wayne or Gucci mane doesnt really need your blog machine…im just sayin..

  84. sealsaa Says:

    Crawford doesn’t leave his house.
    ^^^

    Hold up, don’t he work at K-Mart? If they could find Khaled’s mom…

  85. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    Yall ready to see LeBron James go Super Saiyan on the Celts?

    ^

    PWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAAAA!

    FOH!

  86. Tonio Says:

    Major points:

    “90% of the music being posted on rap blogs nowadays comes from, or is sanctioned by, the labels or within the artists camp.
    (…)
    Once a song has been leaked onto the internet, there’s nothing you can do about it.
    (…)
    Rappers stop trying to address the issue by approaching bloggers, because this isn’t the 90’s, [they're] not some African bootleggers on Canal St. and you ain’t Tupac nigga.
    (…)
    The percentage of bloggers who do this shit out of love for the music far outnumbers the few scavengers out to make a name for themselves.
    (…)
    If somebody downloads your shit to save themselves 12 bucks at the record store, maybe it’s because they have no choice.
    (…)
    There are a lot of folks who like your music on some level but don’t really give a fuck about you as an artist or person.
    (…)
    This is Hip-Hop fam, a culture built on hustling and getting over by any means necessary. A lot of you niggas got rich rapping about this same exact mentality”

  87. Els Says:

    I went to Best Buy and the workers were bitching about the Cavs, and I laughed at them and told them they were getting beat by a 6’1 PG and 4 old men

    I usually don’t root for Boston teams, but lets go Celtics

  88. sealsaa Says:

    Still think the Celtics are going to beat themselves(NH)…

  89. baby jesus Says:

    word lebron bout to hurt the celts something serious

  90. hl Says:

    Still think the Celtics are going to beat themselves(NH)…

    nope. they’re professionals. no way they lose tonight.

  91. Eric Mangini Says:

    Word on the streets is that Shake got Kicked n Pushed.

  92. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    ” Oh so it’s cool if the song leaks to 2,000 people, but not 20,000? And now I’m the only asshole who doesn’t have the song posted so I look like I’m slipping.”
    =================================
    This shoulda been edited out.

  93. Shooter Says:

    C-N-N Recruits Nas, The Lox & Just Blaze for “The War Report 2″
    ^^^

    nice

  94. Hopp Says:

    If somebody downloads your shit to save themselves 12 bucks at the record store, maybe it’s because they have no choice.
    (…)
    This is Hip-Hop fam, a culture built on hustling and getting over by any means necessary. A lot of you niggas got rich rapping about this same exact mentality”

    ^^

    Specially those 2 …

  95. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    niggas is pipe dreamin’. lebrons in boston. the games ova.

  96. SuperCommenter BK Strong Says:

    Vlad got 300g’s for taking that whupping from Rawse Boys. Bloggers are praying a Rapper or his goons to punch them in the face.

  97. hl Says:

    C-N-N Recruits Nas, The Lox & Just Blaze for “The War Report 2″
    ^^^

    nice

    word? Kelis got Nas working. He’s supposed to be on AZ’s album too. link?

  98. DudeOmniscient Says:

    Nice work, Eskay.

  99. Shooter Says:

    nope. they’re professionals. no way they lose tonight.
    ^^^

    accurate. when the Celtics are up (n) they know how to finish teams off, word to the 08 Finals

  100. Mr.Londoner Says:

    # SuperCommenter BK Strong Says:
    May 13th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Vlad got 300g’s for taking that whupping from Rawse Boys. Bloggers are praying a Rapper or his goons to punch them in the face.

    =-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=–=-==-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    ^
    this

  101. shake Says:

    Word on the streets is that Shake got Kicked n Pushed.

    ^^

    the streets lie.

  102. Leonard Washington aka the Silky Johnson of Nah Right=HATE! HATE! HATE! Says:

    niggas is pipe dreamin’. lebrons in boston. the games ova.
    ^^^^
    yeah………..nah its to easy………………..

  103. Leonard Washington aka the Silky Johnson of Nah Right=HATE! HATE! HATE! Says:

    I still think eskay get knocked the fuck out(c)Chris tucker sooner than later….

  104. Trey Says:

    Couldn’t have said it any better Eskay, respect.

  105. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    sheesh my dick got a viral disease.

    STFU B!

  106. baby jesus Says:

    shake Says:
    May 13th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    the streets lie

    ^
    ……….1

  107. sealsaa Says:

    accurate. when the Celtics are up (n) they know how to finish teams off, word to the 08 Finals
    ^^^

    Fair, but they’re inconsistent, and they tend to blow leads. I’m rooting for them too, just hoping they don’t fuck it up.

  108. Shooter Says:

    word? Kelis got Nas working. He’s supposed to be on AZ’s album too. link?
    ^^^^

    xxlmag.com/online/?p=79665

  109. Leonard Washington aka the Silky Johnson of Nah Right=HATE! HATE! HATE! Says:

    sheesh my dick got a viral disease.

    STFU B!
    ^^^
    must have got it from your moms vaginalor your dad’s anus …take your pick.

  110. why? Says:

    1. Fuck tags
    2. A meeting needs to happen with somebody from the labels and the bloggers.
    3. If it does happen I prefer there not to be a Nahright 2011 Vevo type shit. Nahright is still free to post almost whatever like Youtube does and same for other blogs. If posts were limited like the music on fm radio stations than that would suck.
    4. We the downloaders are not helping the artist and team behind the track or album get paid. My fault for downloading from limewire to torrents to rapidshare. BUT shit happens and I appreciate itunes giving the 30 second preview but most the time I rather download first FOR FREE and now since I got my job purchase the music I think deserves to be bought at Best Buy or itunes if the music doesn’t suck.
    5. Fuck tags and daps to the people streaming the radio waiting to rip a song in good quality.

  111. sealsaa Says:

    word? Kelis got Nas working. He’s supposed to be on AZ’s album too. link?
    ^^^
    Shiesty ass family court system got him working like a Hebrew slave. I’m going to his show w/Damian Marley on the 30th.

  112. Mack of Sound-Savvy Says:

    Well-stated fam… Labels and bloggers need to work together, not against one another. Some folks just post shit so that folks will shout their name and know who they are. Then there are those of us who are in it for the passion of the music. SUPPORT GOOD BLOGS, SUPPORT GOOD MUSIC!

  113. eskay Says:

    >>considering the range of artists you post, some of whom you actually shit on..I’d say its the former and therefore call bullshit on your whole defense..Im sure you post Sean P and Cam out of love….but someone like Kanye or JayZ or Lil Wayne or Gucci mane doesnt really need your blog machine…im just sayin..

    you can make all of the assumptions you want, but I don’t post artists I don’t respect on some level. is some of that music wack? Sure, but I still post it because I and the people who come here respect that artist. who knows, even if I think it’s wack maybe someone else will like it.

    and of course I want to stay as current as possible. unlike most blogs, this is my full time job so yeah, I need to win.

    furthermore, maybe those artists you listed don’t need bloggers, but I have received music, press releases and all sorts of info from every single one of those artists labels asking for posts. then if we don’t post it they ask us why not. so you can take that however you wanna take it.

  114. HomieBtothaJ Says:

    Yo Eskay, good looking out, my thoughts EXACTLY

  115. baby jesus Says:

    you can make all of the assumptions you want, but I don’t post artists I don’t respect on some level.

    ^
    soo explain the “fly society post”?

  116. baby jesus Says:

    HomieBtothaJ Says:

    ^
    gtfoh

  117. atcq aka President of Nah Right Comment Section Says:

    preach

  118. baby jesus Says:

    the only explainable reason to post any fly society music is payola, i refuse to ever believe otherwise. I dare this nigga to say ANYONE is checkin for them niggas

  119. clubba lang Says:

    good read….

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  121. Johnny Cadelco Says:

    Well said.

  122. Johnny Cadelco Says:

    Oh and I forgot fuck Lupe. But I will continue to listen to your hot music and keep leaking it while I’m at it.

  123. Detroit P Says:

    furthermore, maybe those artists you listed don’t need bloggers, but I have received music, press releases and all sorts of info from every single one of those artists labels asking for posts. then if we don’t post it they ask us why not. so you can take that however you wanna take it.
    ^^^
    fair enough

  124. 2pac Says:

    Thanks 4 da shoutout General Eskay! New Album out in December all new jawns!
    and u can post that +download for free because i will still sell more than LUPE!

    THROWS UP WESTSIDE!

  125. Prowler Says:

    Fuck Lupe.

    Period.

  126. Rhymestyle Says:

    Realest statement ever

    Labels just need to talk to blogs more… I mean I’ve posted a song before without even knowing I wasn’t supposed to and then got sh*t for it… Problem here was the lack of communication.

    Labels just need to learn to talk to blogs and then there wouldn’t be much of a problem and 100% of the times, it is very simple to trace the original blog who leaks a song… so when one of those “15 min of fame” blogs post an “exclusive” so they can get their hour of fame, it is very easy to trace them and many of these labels even KNOW about those blogs yet do nothing but blame the big/important ones…

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  128. Yep Says:

    “You aint Tupac nigga”- Quote of the week, needs to be said by someone on the Boondocks

  129. Sincere Says:

    “This is Hip-Hop fam, a culture built on hustling and getting over by any means necessary. A lot of you niggas got rich rapping about this same exact mentality, yet when it comes back around full circle it’s a problem?”

    ^^^^^
    AYYYOOO!!!!

  130. Get Murked Says:

    The larger, more important issues at hand with no ass kissing > what 2007 Drake throwaway mixtape verse is getting re-used on some washed up r & b bitch’s new hot garbage deluxe street single and being stoked that 40 let you hear a fucking snippet 20 minutes before he played it for his mom.

    Eskay wins again.

  131. young hov Says:

    Damn Esk went in!

  132. QBoogz Says:

    Whatup Eskay ??? I’m diggin’ the FUCK LUPE post … I’m logging off and going to pop in Midnight Marauders !!! Q Fuckin Boogz aka THE COOL guy who shot LASERS at LUPE’s FOOD & LIQUOR.

  133. James Says:

    Cavs SUCK!!!!

  134. dockevoc Says:

    tell em why you mad son!

  135. CMDeep Says:

    Say fuckin WORD…

  136. Omar Says:

    Bx Blue: Lupe has 24 years of martial arts under his belt, I’m sure he would rock you.

  137. Young_Yacht Says:

    It’s some real shit going on in this world, rappers and people alike are going to get enuff of holding on to these tracks they consider “hits”. Those days are over your entourage is tired of listening to that shit in the stu & they whips,, so they leaking it tryna do you a favor & shit back fires! Record tha shit , package it , put it out. Stop talking shit, approaching bloggers etc. Most of that shit need to be “Quality & Assurance” tested by people who ain’t eating of ya budgets. Everybody who raps ain’t guaranteed jay-z, lil wayne, eminem, kanye west numbers! Let your music speak for itself, if your usershare numbers is gold/platinum. Add them leaks to the arsenal,, hit the road get that guaranteed show/venue money… I’m just sayin

  138. Roy Says:

    Realist shit I never wrote.

    Respect

  139. Robbie Says:

    “But feel me for a minute”

    ^ Ayo.

  140. Noods Says:

    Look at guys like Budden. His personality killed him with record labels, so his shit got shelved. So he kept his name alive through mixtapes, mostly shared online. Now that he’s still relevant, he was able to join a group like Slaughterhouse, release a few albums, and make some money. Either love the blogs or hate them. It’s free promotion, but taking shortcuts will get you burnt.

    If artists didn’t release so many bullshit albums, people would buy them. Half the albums I hear now are terrible. Lupe needs to be happy with the fact that he’s sitting on a mil and a record deal and stop complaining. Like Es said, hip hop is a genre that was built upon hustlin, most of the music is about hustlin, act accordingly.

    Es, you still got that soul patch?

  141. Chapzilla Says:

    go in god. 914. keep it straight hip-hop and continue to hold it down. i’m off the radar and only listen to gospel and comedy albums now (i kno bdot and peters got jokes)
    you said it plain about the blogosphere and the machine. Just is bullshittin about art. its definitely all about money, the fan is an after thought and the quality of music isn’t even in the conversation.
    that whole cryin about C&Ds and dudes gettin approached is lame. no one’s suin nobody or layin hands, people gotta check they feelings.
    There’s nothing better than free music… especially after artists spent decades flossin their wealth and clownin everybody else for being broke.
    ha

  142. Milo Says:

    You’re absolutely right.

    I think it’s mostly the labels that are coming after you guys, and if it is in fact the artists, then I don’t think they realize how much they’re actually getting from album sales. I don’t think it’s much, if anything, and if they actually think they’re losing that much money off of leaks and such, they’re wrong.

    The labels and the industry should have better lines of communication open with the bloggers; it will make publicity and marketing so much easier and cheaper.

    Oh, and by the way, “…you ain’t Tupac nigga.” Hilarious.

  143. PHD Says:

    excellent read…you need to speak up more often HNIC!

  144. White Says:

    Dear Mr Fiasco,

    I first downloaded your album ‘ Food & Liquor’ before bying it afterwards, because I liked it.

    So stop crying, little skateboard cunt.

  145. Justin Opinion Says:

    Excellent post. I’d enjoy reading more if these. My two cents:
    hiphop was, is and always will be “anti-establishment”. The record labels have and still are using artist. Artists are bitching about album leaks because they are in the hole to labels. Their music deals are essentially dinosaurs. They newer artist ie Currency, Sean P Wiz Khalifa Drake have used the internet successfully because they are not/weren’t at the time signed to a major. They have parlayed their Internet use into tours, album deals and such. I bet if Lupe wasn’t signed to Atlantic he’d feel enitrely different about how his music got to the people.

  146. Hip Hop Supporter Says:

    I think that you all have made excellent points in regards to you have no idea whether a song is suppose to be released or not. But I am curious for you bloggers who don’t post tracks sent from unsigned artists or let alone respond when they send you tracks. As a hip hop supporter if an artist is working hard to make it in the industry the internet has become an outlet for the unwealthy but artistic minds to break in. Yet unfortunately it seems the politics of the blogs don’t allow them to break in because they don’t know somebody BIG or a BIG label. Or maybe they don’t have the money to inspire you all to post. As a hip hop blog doing it for the music why is it bloggers have this political mentality?

  147. u funny. Says:

    ^ sean p aint new lol.

  148. backpack T Says:

    respect

  149. Will Says:

    Quality post by both Eskay and Just. Just has it right though, NR is probably the only blog to build a decent brand off it. I can’t help thinking with a little bit of layout shake up and some ads you could make colossal bank with NR being just the start of something a lot bigger that could work a lot more seamlessly with record labels while maintaining independence. I’m not going to say what exactly cos frankly if it’s such a great idea I probably should’ve done it already.

  150. corbis Says:

    man eskay, props, you broke it down well… and thats fucked up about shake… people need to get with the program.

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  152. kyo Says:

    nigga fuck yo blog

  153. Digs Says:

    Appreciate the post Eskay, most definitely food for thought!

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  155. inspektah hellachecks Says:

    At the end of the day its artists who dont know their biz, that will complain.. But they will always want to USE anyone for what they are worth…This is the same situations the DJ’s were in 4ever.. Leaking and making mixtapes with material that they was given by the label, yet still unauthorized… CUT the Shit… Are these the same people who make this for ARTIST MERIT or MONEY.. Welcome to 2010 where the FANS and the ARTIST ARE CO DEPENDENTS… IIIGHT

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