I am going to take the time out right now to reach out to the recording industry associations across the planet; SOMETHING has to change. On any given day, any of us in the urban market can go to our favorite “spot” and pick up whatever cd and movie that we want. Growing up, these items used to be between $5 and $10 each. Now, there are spots where you can get 3 CDs for $5 or movies for $2 each if you buy them in bulk. WTF!!!!
I’m not hating or trying to knock anyone’s hustle but something has to change.
There were a total of 274,617 Rap CDs sold this week. Conversely, there were a total of 1,602,062 “ALL” CDs sold during the same period. Only the top 20 rap CDs made it into the top 200 of the “ALL” Cds.
We all know that the bootleg man can be found on any corner. If you getting the new stuff, sometimes he will make housecalls. But we are killing ourselves. We can’t holla and say we support local businesses and local musicians but turn around and take money out of their pockets by supporting the bootleg man’s hustle. If you dont want to buy it from a store then get it directly from the artist, not the sideman. Damn shame when some of the bootlegs i’ve seen be actual artist. WTF!!!
With the bootlegs killing Hip Hop and seemingly the recording industry turning a blind eye to it I am proposing a change in the charting awards certification system. Currently the system states this per Wikipedia:
I proposing this due to the pirating/bootlegs:
The days of any modern artist who hasn’t established some sort of catalog that is at least 5 years old selling the current Diamond status is over. This could be accomplished with ringtones but we are talking hard CDs.
In summary I am proposing 2 things, change the charting system to reflect todays’s times and work on some sort of technology that is user friendly, cost effective and kills pirating.
I’m done with my rant. Here are the charts. Enjoy.