Dre and Iovine’s headphones are engineered so that you “hear your music the way the artist would play it back” — specifically, the way hip-hop and rap artists, like Dre, would want to play it back: with a lot of bass, in the way that leads to hearing loss.
As a corporate owned, commercial FM radio station, WQHT (Hot 97) has little obligation other than to turn a profit for the shareholders of their parent company, the Indiana-based Emmis Communications.
The NAACP is now on trial itself as a result of its Los Angeles Chapter’s inexplicable basis for awarding a so-called “Lifetime Achievement” award to Donald Sterling not only in 2009, but the Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP was also getting ready to award him with another one on May 15, 2014.
I could never take away the entertainment value of an artist’s record, no matter the subject matter. However, when our brother Chief Keef announced that his next album would: “Raise the murder rate up”, Jimmy Iovine should have immediately made a statement to counter this threat on young black males.
During a recent taping of the “Tavis Smiley Show”, President of Music Programming at BET, Stephen Hill finally tells it all. Hill claims the ongoing probe by the FCC, coupled with his reconnection to his new found faith in Jehovah led to this revealing interview that will air during sweeps week on NPR.
Small businesses become large ones by being aggressive, creative risk takers. But over time, tremendous size and power can slowly turn a business from an edgy risk taker into a monolithic institution whose approach changes from “playing to win” to “playing not to lose.”
We’re in a period where it’s cooler to be independent than a major label ‘product’ to many artists. Predictably, this major-indie concept has extended to artists (*cough Macklemore) and culminated in a reevaluated appreciation of labels, leading to partnerships and joint ventures.