Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Your Own Product

There's nothing that makes a fan of any genre of music more happier than when his or her favorite artist takes pride in their work. Even if one or two of their albums weren't on the level of quality we're accustomed to from them or they didn't meet certain expectations, the fans were still appreciated for supporting said artists in such an endeavor. For example, on the Capone N Noreaga song "Invincible", Noreaga admitted such when he said, "when Melvin Flynt dropped, my whole collaso stopped/I can't believe I fucked up and made a half assed album". He would then say "he didn't want to make music, his pops just died," however, "his fans stuck with him, and it still went gold." I respect Nore for making this comment for obvious reasons, and that's what I want to focus on here, and yes, this does stem from a recent comment by Lil Wayne.

For starters, although I'm not a fan of Lil Wayne's music, I don't wish any ill will on him and it was honestly sad to hear about the recent seizures (and other health problems), but, this is about the music here. His recent album, "I'm Not A Human Being 2" shot up to number two on the charts, and while this would be celebrated by the average artist, apparently Wayne isn't (and has never been) your average artist (hence the title of this album), as he simply stated "it sucks". SMH. Now, it's kinda hard to dismiss this as a "rumor", but it doesn't surprise me one bit to see a comment like this. What bothers me is he can make such a claim, but none of his fanbase or any supporters of his music find this to be a problem, and I refuse to believe it to be part of a "publicity stunt". If you think your product sucks, why in the hell should ANYONE bother to check it out? It's not worth anyone's time and money to own something that the creator doesn't give a damn about. It's NOT appealling in listening to something to see how bad it is, in my opinion. And again, simply because it's "Lil Wayne", he can make such statements and no one ever seems to say anything, BUT, let a high caliber artist say the same thing, there will be different results. Another example, can you imagine Nas saying "Life Is Good" was garbage a few days after its release? The album likely wouldn't have moved the same amount of units it did; everyone would be talking about how Nas is out of his mind, he's fell out, he needs retire, etc. Why there's such a double standard here I'll never know. This is not to say that other artists haven't admitted that a certain album in their discography wasn't their best. LL Cool J admitted that he and Marley Marl didn't have the "eye of the tiger" on the "14 Shots To The Dome" album, which was a step down from the classic "Mama Said Knock You Out"; Meth said he could've came harder on a few tracks on his "Tical" album (the title track, Biscuits, Release Yo Delf, etc); Slick Rick wasn't a big fan of the "Ruler's Back" and "Behind Bars" albums, as he said those were done solely to keep his name out there while he served time in prison. You'll notice that none of these artists flat out said their albums sucked, and it's nothing worse than telling the fans they're stupid/dumb for buying your album, literally or figuratively. Think about that last line for a second.

The bottom line is, it's acceptable that everyone is not going to like everything an artist puts out. That's common in any form of entertainment, however, if you don't think your product is good, or "it sucks", well, DON'T PUT IT OUT THERE, and it's as simple as that. It shouldn't be JUST about the money, especially when you're already sitting on STACKS of it and can retire at any point. Why would we as fans want to hear uninspired material that's NOT worth anyone's time? You're not doing anyone any favors by saying your own product sucks. I can't imagine something like this happening in the 80s and 90s, but, it's clear more than ever that we're in a different time and era.

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