From yesterday’s session, shot on Silva’s new little MPEG video cam.
Def Jam is dead? By the transitive property?
Love this ad for Jay-Z proclaiming “DEF JAM IS HIP HOP!” on the page for the review of the new Nas record (on Def Jam) “HIP HOP IS DEAD”. Guessing they leave that line out of the Nas banners.
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Josh Rouse’s manager wrote a great letter to Bob Lefsetz about the success of the artist label model for Josh:
After a five-year deal with Ryko, Josh has made more money than on any of his releases in a single release, including recouping the cost of production in two months from iTunes alone. More importantly, Josh retains ownership of his masters.
A friend in A&R at a major label told me a year ago that the time would come when it made very little sense for any artist capable of drawing a long-time loyal following to sign with a major. He pointed out that in the UK you’d be crazy to sign with a major (distribution less of an issue) and in the US it was still a toss up depending on the artist. He pointed to a tipping point in the near future where a US artist would have to be crazy to sign with a major. Josh’s story above makes me think perhaps we’re there.
Spy on Beastie Boys making their new record here: