Wale: I Just Want To Make Music & Give It To Fans For Free... They'll Support Me

from the new-way dept

This is from a few weeks back, but I'm catching up on some older posts. We've been talking lately about how fans will support artists they like, and focusing on connecting with those fans by being open, human and awesome is a better strategy than freaking out about piracy.

There are lots of artists who recognize this basic formula. For example, hip hop star Wale was recently asked about things like SOPA, and he explained that he doesn't get too involved in those things, but he just wants to make music and give it to his fans for free, knowing that they'll support him when it comes time to buy:
I just know that I want to continue to make music and give it to the people for free and then if it’s good enough when it’s time for it to be sold they’ll go out and support it. I’m a fan of the mode that it is now...
Of course, he's signed to Universal Music, which kinda limits his ability to give out his music for free. They don't like that kind of thing. But it again raises questions about the claims of labels that they represent the best interests of artists. It seems like some artists have a better handle on what's best for themselves...

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 27 Feb 2012 @ 10:21pm

    Re: Re:

    "Your emphasis on the need for fame, AC 10, overlooks the fact that fame is not a requirement for a creator to benefit from his creation."

    Fame is the outcome of becoming well known. It's the result of reaching more and more people, and to connect to them with your work. Being the best damn rapper in the world for 3 people isn't as fulfilling as being the best damn rapper for many, and a pretty good rapper for a bunch more.

    Fame is also another way of saying "has enough money / clout / exposure to do more things" which is exactly what any artist wants - the ability to do what they like.

    I think most realize that being the best indie rapper or the best unknown freestylist isn't quite where they need to be in order to be able to do this for a very, very long time.

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