(via LA Beat Contest: Win Tix to the YouBloom Music Conference! | The LA Beat)

“Want a free pair of tickets to the music conference at the YouBloom Festival? The conference takes place at The Ebell Club in Highland Park on Saturday November 15th, and the program includes masterclasses on the economics of DIY production, as well as discussion panels on topics like touring and busking, and music placement and publishing.

Speakers include Tom Sturges (former President of Chrysalis Music, Head of Creative for Universal Music publishing), producer/engineers Jan Fairchild and Adam Moseley, among many others…”

Ask Chesca: How do you feel about white rappers?


I’m sorry but this all is just wrong wrong wrong. Why does everything have to be about race. First off i’m black, 2nd Iggy isn’t imitating what she thinkings black people sound like, she using an American accent. No see didn’t reveal herself on Dancing with the stars. In a interview with the Breakfast club she points out she speaks with her Austrailian accent and raps in an america one….so what. Kendrick alter his voice on songs, Danny Brown can sound like a street nigga then turn around and sound like a cartoon character. What racist things have she said?? there was a line about slaves and master in one of her songs but thats it. I mean the girl is signed to T.I.s label Grand Hustle, so her being racist is highly unlikely. I feel like Tip would just passed on her if she was a fake racist white woman.

Tell me how many female rappers have made hits on the billboard in the past 5-10 years, how many white female rappers can you even name, ill wait…… Iggy took the charts by storm this year, cause she made pop catchy hits. why do you think song she releases last year like ‘Murda Buisness’ didn’t boost her stock in the industry up? I don’t anyone is comparing her as rapper to Nicki Minaj cause thats a completely unfair battle. 

Iggy is basically the female Macklemore of this year. Kendrick didnt make pop catchy commercial tunes, Macklemore did thats why he was winning grammys. if kendrick had 3 number 1 singles and top 5 platinum selling independent album he wouldve got the grammy. real hiphop fans all know kendrick had a better ‘Rap’ album. But macklemore was able to touch base with black whites, gays, straights, old, young, the world. not just a group of hip hop fans. Please tell me some rappers that supports Gay right as loud as Macklemore does?? Hip Hop is one of biggest homophobic genres… “pause” “no Homo” everyone getting at drake for sing and expressing his feelings. 

Overall it’s not about race, Rappers are homophobic, Macklemore and Iggy make music that are catchy poppy which leads to them being commercial successes 

Let us not forget that you can be friends with a POC and still say/do racist things. You can also have sex with a POC and still say/do racist things. “I have a black friend/spouse/co-worker” is not a “get out of being racist” card. Being signed to T.I.’s label does not give Iggy a pass on the things she has said or done. I don’t really know anything about T.I. but I’m pretty sure he signed her because he knew she would sell records. And…she’s doing that. Let’s not forget Pharrell brought us the “gift” that is the new Miley Cyrus. Ahem. “New Black”

And since you asked, here are screen caps of Iggy Azela’s tweets where she regularly uses slurs

LGBT rappers support gay rights “better” than Macklemore because they’re actually LGBT. We all know Macklemore isn’t gay because he reminded us a million times in his gay (but i’m not gay) anthem. Not to mention, he STOLE the beat for Thrift Shop from a BLACK GAY RAPPER.  

Yes, Iggy and Macklemore make pop music that everyone loves, good for them! The problem is that they’re being praised for a kinda good but not amazing effort at something, mostly because they’re white. There’s this “novelty” in white people doing black things whereas black people don’t always get the same credit for doing it first and better. Oh hey Elvis! 

Honestly? I answered a question about Iggy to make a broader point about how the music industry loves white people making black music. This is not an opinion. This is a fact. No, it’s not ALWAYS about race. But yeah, a lot of it is about race. 

EDITED TO ADD: Oh, and how could I forget Macklemore dressing up in a Jewish costume and then giving a non-apology after being called out? Just NO. These are not “allies” I’m interested in having. Keep them.

Welcome to POC struggles within the music industry

-Nicki and Taylor: Nicki spoke about the blatant discrimination and shunning of Black female artists. Taylor assumed she was being shaded by Nicki. Nicki gets pinned with the “Angry Black Woman” stereotype.

-Zayn & Calvin: Zayn retweets a tweet where two different artists show their views about compensation within the music industry. Calvin comes at Zayn all defensive. Zayn responds and gets upset. Calvin is victimized and Zayn is vilified for being upset.

[Zayn] Malik has had to navigate white Western standards throughout his entire career. He’s had to play through the politics of the industry, where he needed four other white dudes to validate his worth as a musician – his brown face alone wasn’t enough for the industry nor public to appreciate…As South Asians, we have always had to compensate for our brownness with whiteness. We always have to assimilate or indoctrinate white supremacy into our work in order for the white world to accept us.
I think it’s a really outdated thing to think that you have to sell this romantic fantasy that a singer is straight so that girls want to sleep with them. It’s insane. Anyway, Sam [Smith] has proved that you don’t need to be straight to sell records.
—  Olly Alexander of Years & Years (for Attitude Magazine)

Music writer’s Twitter feed exposes industry’s harsh sexism, marginalization

Author and journalist Jessica Hopper isn’t shy about speaking up about all of the ways in which the music industry oppresses and attacks those in the margins. And so earlier this week, when she tweeted, “Gals/other marginalized folks: what was your 1st brush (in music industry, journalism, scene) w/ idea that you didn’t ‘count’?” people listened. And then they responded, in droves, with tweet after tweet containing jaw-dropping stories about sexism, racism, misogyny, condescension—and much, much worse.

Hopper’s been diligent about retweeting responses to her initial tweet, and cumulatively, they paint a picture of an industry where anyone who’s not a straight white man is belittled for even existing.

Read more at avclub.com


Great quote from a great comedian.. Dave Chappelle.

This quote is used in one of my songs titled: Sick World 

Stream and/or download it along with my other songs here: https://soundcloud.com/listentoericlenz/


The pop star’s legal fight is complicated, heartbreaking, and instructive

The answer to that question is just as complicated as the lawsuit that surrounds it. “Music contracts can have drastically different provisions depending on… the prior success and fame of the artist,” said Brad Newberg, an intellectual property specialist and partner at law firm McGuireWoods, in an email. “An artist who is very popular going into a contract deal can negotiate various terms (such as ownership of works, ability to do side projects, ability to terminate the deal) that someone who is 18 and getting their break can’t.” This is relevant in Kesha’s case: her career began in the mid-2000s when she sent Dr. Luke and pop godhead Max Martin a demo she made with her songwriter mother and a musical director at BMI. She was 18 years old.

There’s an insane degree of difficulty associated with any sort of hypothetical independent release, too — if Kesha’s going to put out any music right now, it’s something she’ll have to do without any industry help. Sony has equity stakes in Spotify and Vevo, and SoundCloud is trying to work out a partnership with the label; by effectively siding with Dr. Luke and framing Kesha’s suit as a contractual maneuver, Sony renders her radioactive to these services. No less an authority than former Universal Music Group president / CEO Jim Urie said as much in an affidavit included in Kesha’s bid for an injunction. “No mainstream distribution company will invest the money necessary to distribute songs for an artist who has fallen from the public eye,” wrote Urie. “If Kesha cannot immediately resume recording and having her music promoted, marketed, and distributed by a major label, her career is effectively over.”

— Jamieson Cox for The Verge