Friday, August 17, 2007

Oh No



50 Cent, what happened? Who are you? I remember you coming into the Interscope offices all happy and nice and shit. You and my girl shared the love of Queens New York, and it was so nice that you wanted to learn about Soundscan and BDS. Dude, you have CRED! So what you talked to the cops and was on Oprah, no need to go nuts, when you sell millions of records you lose all cred and become a victim of society. Just chill out a bit and stay focused.

So this was news to me. Dissing my old boss (indirect obviously), Jimmy Iovine. Not too crazy because A) Jimmy does care and B) Jimmy won't kill you, he will just stop releasing your albums and keep you under contract and make sure nobody signs you once you are dropped and you can go hang out with Can-I-Bus. He has Robin Thicke now, he doesn't need you. And just like Eminem's D-12, your G-Unit doesn't sell too well and they can't seem to keep themselves out of jail, shit, destined to be dropped anyway.

Here is a link from Rawkus from somebody else with an MP3 of "South Side" 50 Cent feat. Tony Yayo (Irv Gotti and Jimmy Iovine dis). Good luck with your career buddy!

http://www.rawkus.com/content/?p=1136 or click here

Why would I not blog for a few weeks then blog this...what the fuck, i'm bummed on 50 and i dont even like rap.

Monday, August 13, 2007

So It Goes...

Tony Wilson passed away last week, and I barely had time to let it soak in as I was traveling for work. He was easily one of the most inspirational people in my business, and a person who's hand I always wanted to shake but never did (although being in his presence twice). His business model favored creativity over profit, something easily considered unacceptable today, and at the time he did it. The first pressing on the #1 selling 12 inch of all time, New Order's "Blue Monday" had such expensive packaging that his Factory Records lost money every copy they sold. Where is a man like this today, in a business that is almost entirely comitted to turning a profit whatever the cost. Tony Wilson made art, and was someone I strived to model myself after. Joy Division/New Order, Happy Mondays, Durruti Column, OMD, and so many more all go their start with Tony Wilson at the helm. Factory Records, originally with a 1 page contract written in blood and a numerical release schedule has a catalog that shapes music today. I visit Manchester because of Tony Wilson's love and passion for the North and it's music.

I miss Tony Wilson already, and I long to put on a New Order record and just say "Thank You".

The Independent has an obituary here.