"How dare you help listeners understand the art more!": NMPA Targets Unlicensed Lyric Sites; RapGenius among them
Say it ain’t so.
The National Music Publishers Association on Monday fired an opening salvo at lyric sites that it believes have not obtained licenses to publish those lyrics, including Rap Genius, a high-flying New York startup that last year landed a $15 million investment from Silicon Valley venture firm Andreessen Horowitz.
The NMPA said it has sent take-down notices to 50 sites identified in an October report by University of Georgia researcher David Lowery as likely not having licenses to publish lyrics. The notices demand that the sites obtain licenses or remove copyrighted lyrics from their sites.
As a music blogger (genregardless.tumblr.com), this could potentially be DEVASTATING news. For those who don’t know, RapGenius doesn’t just list lyrics, but through crowd sourced annotations provide context and background information for a deeper understanding.
I think it is absolutely absurd that the NMPA is doing this. While I understand that copyrighting is a HUGE deal in our current society, it may have officially gone too far. RapGenius, from what I can see, does not currently have any advertising or means of profit. The “knowledge project” is literally just to help listeners appreciate the art of what they are listening to in a communal way.
Hopefully, RapGenius will acquire the appropriate licenses or clarify things with the NMPA in order to keep their site operational. In the meantime, I would encourage our media society to put less emphasis on “intellectual property” and focus on the purpose and meaning as opposed to immediately saying “IT IS MINE/OURS NOT THEIRS TAKE IT DOWN”.
Sonia Sanchez (born Wilsonia Benita Driver, September 9, 1934) is an African-American poet most often associated with the Black Arts Movement. She has authored over a dozen books of poetry, as well as plays and children’s books.
Here is a beautiful poem that embodies why Tupac was/still is important, particularly when it comes to liberating Blacks. If you’re in the Philly area, this poem is part of the inspiration behind a mural on the corner of Carlise and Diamond.
Seaway is back with some more of the same. I’m not complaining though. When I listen to these dudes, I want to throw the exact kind of party that is going down in this video and “Sabrina The Teenage Bitch”. My only complaint is that I wish I would have had this video at the beginning of summer. But hey, maybe it’s the perfect video to resist the oncoming cold weather.
With just a week until the October 8th release, Pusha T’s My Name Is My Nameis now available to stream on MySpace. Features include Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Pharrell, among others.
1. King Push 2. Numbers On the Board 3. Sweet Serenade (Feat. Rick Ross) 4. Hold On (Feat. Rick Ross) 5. Suicide (Feat. Ab-Liva) 6. 40 Acres (Feat. The-Dream) 7. No Regrets (Feat. Jeezy And Kevin Cossom) 8. Let Me Love You (Feat. Kelly Rowland) 9. Who I Am (Feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean) 10. Nosetalgia (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) 11. Pain (Feat. Future) 12. S.N.I.T.C.H. (Feat. Pharrell)
This track has been on repeat for me for days now. And this is why.
I’ve never been the biggest Eminem fan, not because I didn’t realize he’s one of the greatest MCs of all time, but just because he wasn’t really my style. However, Berzerk moves something inside of me when I listen to it. In a typical Eminem fashion, he does not hold back, from calling out Lamar Odom’s taste in women to lines like “I done did enough codeine to knock Future into tomorrow”.
The beat is reminiscent of early Beastie Boys, with Rick Rubin noticeably handling production. It’s infectious, despite Rubin’s typical minimalistic style.
Overall, “Berzerk” will get you pumped on a similar level that “‘Till I Collapse” does. For me, it gets me pumped for Slim Shady’s next album.
The title of the opening track, “Amerikkkan Pie”, catches your eye immediately. A haunting progressive plunking continues to build until you think you can’t take it any longer and suddenly a powerful drum breakdown shakes you to your core. You’d stay shaken if not for being immediately comforted by an angelic voice that feels as if she will be your guide throughout the strange journey ahead.
Straight out of Philly. I have an interview with some dudes who used to be in Algernon this Friday. Their new band is called Mike Bell & the Movies, and they’re pretty rad. Check them out at their hilariously awesome website, mikebellandthemovies.com
Album Review: What You Don't See - The Story So Far
After the amazing freshman album Under Soil and Dirt, an incredibly successful tour with the Wonder Years that launched them into the minds of every pop punk fan, and a cover story with Alternative Press, The Story So Far had much to live up to with their sophomore release of What You Don’t See.
This is hands down my favorite track off of Earl’s anticipated release, Doris. While, for me, the album left a little bit more to be desired, “Hive” is a masterpiece.
Earl’s flow on this song is unmatched, as the words just seem to tumble on, one after another such as “From a city that’s recession-hit With stress niggas could flex metal with, peddle to rake pennies in”.
In the first verse and hook, Earl unleashes and lets loose and wants everyone to know that he is on top of his game, and yours for that matter. You’d think there could only be so many ways to say that he is the best, but they just keep coming one after another, and every one is just as creative as the next (i.e. “Brutus in the booth”).
Earl uses the second verse to seemingly list everything wrong in America right now, from pollution to the ever present ignorance. He calls out the entire country for tuning out the horrors of the world with lines like “Breaking news: death is less important when the Lakers lose”.
Vince Staples wraps up the song perfectly, spending most of his verse talking about his own encounters with violence and how he is on top right now, which serves as a nice mirror to Earl’s first verse.
Finally, the appearance of Casey Veggies on a major Odd Future production is long overdue (The original OF Tape was littered with him).
Overall, the song has a haunting thump that has me listening to it over and over again, and every time I hear a new word play that strikes me.
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Starting today, every Monday will now be referred to as EMOnday on Genregardless.tumblr.com. We’re all a little bummed that our weekend is over, so GenRegardless will be posting a fitting emo jam every Monday for you to sob to. Today’s (and our first ever) EMOnday pick is “Options” by Pedro the Lion.
“I could never divorce you Without a good reason And though I may never have to It’s good to have options”