Is Spotify Stepping Around The Major Record Labels?

Imagine a world where record labels are a thing of the past, and artists forge their own agreements with distribution outlets. Music industry whispers are indicating that Spotify has been testing a new arrangement with a select group of artists. Said artists will enjoy increased chances of being playlisted, and they will receive a larger percentage of their streaming revenue. This move has the major labels, quite predictably, shi**ing bricks.

Being that streaming has now become the preferred distribution model it puts services like Spotify at the top of the pyramid. When Spotify reached out to major labels years ago a clause was added that they would NEVER be able to become a record label per se’. What seems to be happening though, is that independent artists don’t really NEED a label. Though they may choose to create boutique labels for identity’s sake, there is really no need for anyone to aspire to sign to a major.

I believe Spotify’s maneuver is in keeping with their original charter, because they are not actually producing the music that they distribute. After the amount of scrutiny they have received for literally becoming a billion dollar corporation on the backs of musicians, it’s time they made some moves on the behalf of the artist. This is after all, the MUSIC business. Without MUSIC there is no business………… and without business…….. most musicians have little choice but to resign themselves to years of servitude in unrelated professions, relegating music production to random, stolen moments throughout the year. When we meet, ask me how I know.

SOURCE: New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/06/business/media/spotify-music-industry-record-labels.html

MC ZULU’s “Win Win” Gun Control Idea

Let the floodgates open and let’s have a real discussion. In a perfect world, we’ll all listen to each others ideas, concerns and we’ll consider everything. The very idea of gun control leaves people so divided, it’s as if rational conversation about it isn’t even possible. It reminds me of the vaccination issue. No one will agree on anything before it devolves into name calling. Well, Here’s my idea:

The idea of eliminating reverse compatibility of ammo COULD be met with all sorts of enmity… OR we could have a real discussion about it. I am not for disarming the population. That is every tyrant’s first step before clamping down. I am also not in favor of undocumented weapons flooding the streets.

Just like you need a license to drive, you need to have a license to shoot, and what you shoot needs to be documented. Americans have lost the trust factor in the eyes of their children. Trust is being violated every day by people who shoot indiscriminately. My opinion is that we’ve reached the point where use of a firearm has to be monitored for MISUSE. Target practice, hunting, protection? Fine. Robbery, assault, murder? It will be easier to find suspects. That’s my suggestion. I welcome any dissenting opinions. This generation is not likely to change a damn thing, but my hope is that these same endangered youth will pick up the ball and run with it. Time will tell.

Your Idea of Success is All That Matters

SOCIETY: For far too long now we have played the game of letting others tell us what we like. Many times without question we just go along with societal programming. This is how we end up with unrealistic beauty standards and a host of materialistic failures. The wanton acquisition of liabilities gives the air of success, and simultaneously ensures failure.

Honestly there is a bit of sadism wrapped up in flaunting capital. Are you trying to succeed, or are you trying to hurt people who don’t have what you have? Your motives will betray you every time. You owe it to yourself to make progress toward your goals, but only you know what they truly are.

I would like to remind you today that SUCCESS is nothing more than incremental progress toward a which ever goal you do have. You do not have a responsibility to acquire, or even want the things others are wishing for. Simply claim small victories on your path, and set new goals.

It’s not where you are that determines success. It’s where you’re headed. Constantly redefine what success looks like. Then every step you take can be a winning one.

How to Make the Most of Your Procrastination Habit

Procrastination… Putting things off until the very last minute. It says a lot about the type of person you are. While most people look down on – US – I say it really means you work better under pressure. It means you ENJOY life as it comes. You are not into delayed gratification just for the sake of it.

So one big suggestion for my fellow counter-punchers in life:

Start your day off with the one thing you are most likely to put off.
ALSO all those important / non-urgent tasks… put them up front, but damn. Then you wouldn’t be procrastinating would you?.

Anyway trust, making life work in your favor is often a matter of TRICKING YOUR MIND. Tell yourself you’re “looking forward” to the things you really don’t want to do. That’s how a lot of people establish healthy (barf) habits. Then they look down on everyone else. WELL MY GOAL IN 2018 IS TO LOOK DOWN ON SOMEBODY FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE!!

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Men of Means (Spoken Word)

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Delilah or Jezebel…
Female names carrying a negative connotation throughout the years. Are they truly the perpetrators or were they victims themselves as part of a greater scheme? This is a preview one of the newer tracks I’m working on, inspired by current events / Juxtaposed against early Roots Reggae. It’s a spoken word piece called “Men of Means”. Full song will debut during the next Facebook Live Selecta Set.

More coming your way touching all the genres related to Reggae (Roots / Dancehall / Electro / Etc.)

Is Your Intelligence Holding You Back?

When you’re really intelligent it can be much more difficult to accomplish things. This has nothing to do with your ability, its more a question of what I call SELF LIMITING RATIONALIZATIONS

These are the thoughts in your mind that make perfect sense, but ultimately go against what you want to accomplish!

They manifest in the way of self doubt, and those doubts become mantras… that you repeat to yourself. You’re so intelligent and these mantras make so much sense that well wishers can’t even TALK you out of them..

They’re “insulting your Intelligence” with all that motivational crap.

Sometimes you have to tone down your intelligence… Get control of it. Don’t let it control YOU.

make your mind pay more attention to what you WANT… instead of what you KNOW because throughout the universe things are at happening that you can NEVER know.

conversations are being had, circumstances are being created. All outside the narrow scope of what we KNOW

I don’t even think about it. I think about what I want! and to increase the likelihood of it happening I think how I’m going to help other people when I get it.

whenever I think like that I succeed.
The people around me succeed