The music industry is an entertainment business and with almost any entertainment business there is some sort of corruption either known to the public or at times hidden. The music world is currently going through a transitional period of it’s payment model and how the artist and producer of a song gets paid. Producers are not being paid or credited by record labels and artists because of the position there being put in in the industry; they need to come together and find methods to license/contract there work and also raise awareness.
Lawrence Lessig’s research on piracy and copyright laws suggest the issue began long before Napster’s free website of burning music for personal use. In fact, stolen content was first documented one hundred years ago when Thomas Edison’s inventions were stolen before copyright laws were in place.
In 1991, a band that uses fragments of samples from other bands and sounds, was sued by a famous rock band called U2. U2 claims that Negativland copied u2’s “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for instead of sampling it. Negativland and their record label, SST records, were found guilty. I overturn the lower court’s decision.
The song "D.O.G. in me" was written by songwriter Felony Davis. "D.O.G in me" was released on the album All Work, No Play by the rap group Public Announcement. All Work, No Play is the group 's second album. Off of that album, they would score their first and only top five hit. The album was released under A&M Records that would later turn in to a division of Universal Records. In the song "D.O.G in me" there is the use of the word "dog" in a low voice, it is used as musical punctuation, there is rhythmic panting and the phrase "Bow Wow Bow Wow Wow, Yippie Yo,
Now with the copyright law, Copyright Act, Chapter 63 established on 1987 with the new revised version on 2006, any author who creates their own original works automatically has the privilege to have copyright protection. Original works means works that are created with own effort and through processes of developed ideas and their whole new way to express their ideas in their final product. Not only are the works protected in their own country but also countries that signed the international agreements. Meaning works are protected in countries that signed the international agreements with the same effect as though the works was made there. Therefore, works cannot be produced without permission in another country.
Radric Davis, better known as Gucci Mane is a rapper. He is from Atlanta, Georgia but eventually moved to Birmingham, Alamabama with his single mother in the fourth grade. His rapping career started very young. He has been writing poems since he was in elementary school but did not start rapping until he reached about age fourteen. By fourteen he had already been spending time in a recording studio. Many famous rapper at the time such as Big Daddy Kane took interest in him and told him to put his words to music.
As detailed in Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, hip-hop was born through the explosion of creativity within America’s forgotten youth. The music spoke to the individuals in these forgotten communities. The music had a purpose and illuminated the political issues of the time. Sadly, over time, the increasing commodification of hip-hop as an art has gradually altered the audience of the music. As the audience has slowly changed, the meaning of some of the music has also changed. Capitalism has had a dual effect on hip hop; it has made hip hop “successful,” in that it spread it throughout the world and made it lots of money. On the other hand, it has distorted the original political nature of hip-hop. With that said, how has this change in hip-hop affected the purpose and audience of the art?
In a time where sampling is a staple of hip-hop and other predominant, modern genres, it is not unreasonable for an artist to take ownership of past artifacts, even those which once were oppressed or used for oppression, as a way to reclaim the artifact itself, to subvert it, or otherwise reconstitute meaning.
The 1990’s are often regarded as the ‘Golden Era Of Hip Hop’. Introducing arguably two of the biggest rappers of all time The Notorious B.I.G and Tupac Shakur. With them spear heading this era there were other stars like Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Wu- Tang Clan, Public Enemy, Lauryn Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, and many more. Even the entrepreneurs we know now like Jay Z, Puff Daddy, and Dr. Dre all got catapulted into their superstar status as a result of this Era. This era had so much influence on pop culture that it’s impact can still be seen today, in the playlists of kids born too late to experience it.
In the shady streets of Compton, California, a teen receives his first Music Mixer. Little does he know, this gift will shape out the rest of his life and of many others worldwide. Andre Romelle Young, also known as “Dr. Dre” is a renowned Hip-Hop artist and highly successful business entrepreneur. He has influenced the course of Rap/Hip-Hop music and those who took part in it. Dr. Dre showed leadership in his early years, aftermath of the N.W.A., and entrepreneurship of his own business.
Sex, money, drugs and violence. When you hear those four words, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Many people would say they think of rap or hip hop. Today, rap music is constantly mistaken for valuing the destruction of communities by promoting images of “the thug life”. However, the hip hop culture can have a positive impact on society. What many people seem to miss is that the culture is meant to express and not repress.
Apart from the Afro-American culture, Herbie Hancock was also a pioneer in accepting contemporary cultural phenomena. In The Music of Herbie Hancock: Composition and Improvisation in the Blue Note Years (2010), Johannes argues that Hancock’s mega-hit song, Rockit (1983) was the first pop hit track to adapt the “scratching” recording method only used in emerging rap music at that time (Pond, 2000,
Hip-hop music was initially developed in the late 1970s, only few people knew about its existence as it was created in the most unprivileged districts of New York City in America by African-American citizens. Hip-hop is not a bunch of entertaining words but a poetic language about issues around us, and movement within a culture interrelating ethnicities. The messages of rap music/hip hop tells stories of how life is in the streets dealing with drugs, crime, and violence. Most messages are a reflection of how the youth feels about the system, the police. Hip-hop constitutes of clothing, language (poetic) graffiti art, break dancing, Mcing/ rhyming and beatboxing.
Pop music, or popular music, in the modern sense has been around in the United States for several decades, having begun around the late sixties, and has encompassed an assortment of genres throughout its progression. As pop music has aged and adapted, an increasingly common complaint among the critics of this genre is all pop songs being homogenous, or they “all sounds the same”. Typically, the fans of this genre respond by stating each song is easily distinguishable from one another, provide a unique musical experience, or they aren’t less unique than any other category of music. Nevertheless, recent evidence supports the notion of pop music sharing numerous underlying traits between many of its songs. The homogeneity