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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    Mike Masnick (profile), 28 Feb 2012 @ 5:39pm

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    No he isn't.

    He'll be completely forgotten in a few years.

    Yesterday you didn't even know who he is?

    You consistently demonstrate you have no clue about the difference between real music and fads.

    How obnoxiously elitist of you. Trust me, the acts you work, those are fads. That's why you've admitted that they had to get day jobs.

    The music business itself is about fads. Some acts last, some don't, but it's pretty obnoxious for you to complete dismiss a star because you don't happen to like his music.

    Whether or not Wale is a fad and whether or not he's gone from the scene in a few years, it doesn't change the fact that he's a star today and what he says matters.

    You? Who the fuck are you? Some nobody who works with failed bands and then blames those of us giving you better advice.

    You're a has been, mocking the up and comers. Nothing sadder than that.

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