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Blogger Roundtable (Pt.2)



B.Dot, RapRadar.com:

"Biggie said it best, things done changed for real. This is kind of like the mixtape debacle DJ Drama and Don Cannon went through three years ago. It puts a lot of sites at risk because it came without warning. I think now, a lot of sites, including myself are walking on eggs shells and are more cautious of posting certain content."

Miss Info, Missinfo,tv:

"I'm not about to delve into the ethics of music blogging, and whether or not music should be online where it can be downloaded or heard, royalty-free. It is this way now. But I agreed when Nahright's Eskay said on twitter, along with a whole lot of other gems, that it's ironic how labels put getting their artists on music blogs at the top of their marketing plans with one hand, and report those same blogs to the RIAA with the other hand. Not all blogs are the same. And yes, there are blogs and forums that get pirated movies, software, whole albums, porn. Maybe some of it comes from hackers or inside leaks. The easiest way to find those download links is on Google and Twitter. But those are not as easy to take down, I guess. As for Homeland Security, if they took "6 months" to come to the conclusion that a site like Onsmash, which works in concert with artists and labels to deliver music, videos, reviews and news to their fans....is as "dangerous" to the public as a website that sell counterfeit bags.....then that leaves me feeling highly, insecure."

Nigel D, RealTalkNy.net:

"I feel it was a matter of time until certain sites would be taken down. Some blogs are excessive with the posting of mp3s, and any site that only posts mp3s can't expect to exist very long. With that said there needs to be a process for taking down sites, warnings should be first sent and if changes aren't made the site should be taken down. Labels need to step up and let blogs know what is appropriate to post and what is not. Things get sketchy when songs are sent from labels, marketing companies and/or artist. While labels might not need blogs for their huge artist, the majority of artist need the blogs for exposure."

Karen Civil, KarenCivil.com:

"I understand to a certain degree, they want to cut down on internet piracy and limit the file sharing done on music. Before they can implement a policy they need to make sure they have a better understanding of what sites "are to blame"..it's not fair to hiphop websites that get caught int he cross fire. For instance, Onsmash.com has done what record labels couldn't do, help a new undiscovered artist reach a new audience and create a fan base. They were a label friendly site, who had no qualms of removing music if asked. They helped break the career of people like Emilio Rojas, J. Cole, Joel Ortiz, & Troy Ave to name a few. When you look at XXL freshman cover, you're looking at a majority of artist Onsmash.com helped create. Rather than sending C&D's they need to start sending thank you cards. #freeonsmash"

John Gotty, Smokingsection.net:

"While there's ambiguity in the law, I understand the strategic legal move by both parties - the government and music labels. Still, it's counterproductive when you consider that the involved groups could all work together to benefit artist and improve the music industry's declining physical health. Instead of pitting themselves against each other, labels and music sites could do much more for the greater good by working together to properly promote deserving musicians and likely do it at a fraction of the cost associated with legal fees."

Blogxilla, Globalgrind.com:

"The ICE raids make my stomach turn. How dare they attack hip hop blogs for doing the work of the people! Yeah I said it the work of the people. We get music out, tell people what's hot, what's not and most of the stuff we post come from the labels directly. It's really upsetting and it's telling people you cannot make a living because we will shut you down. On the low though I can't understand how they can shut down Dajaz1.com and OnSmash.com yet cannot do anything about these Wikileaks crap. If anyone I know dies in service of this country I'm going to blame ICE for shutting down Splash and not Wikileaks. #AssBackwards. "

Nav, Hiphop-n-more.com:

"I think last week’s developments have definitely sent some shock waves through the Hip Hop Blog Community. In today’s world, Blogs are the ultimate platform for any artist to promote and showcase his/her music to the world and their importance has been invaluable in the past few years towards amelioration of the quality of music.  Drake, B.o.B, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa and others would have probably never experienced the kind of success they are enjoying right now if it wasn’t for the Hip Hop blogs.

Though I do think that piracy has somewhat affected the music industry in an adverse way since the explosion of the internet, shutting down an entire website for a few copyright violations without a show cause notice or a prior warning is unjustified to the core & not the solution to the problem we are facing. Rather there should be better standards & laws drafted to tackle copyright infringements in a way that the music lovers, website owners, music labels and the government agencies can all live together in a sound environment. Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything."

Jim Jones, Dipset:

“This is bad enough that the climate of the industry is cold. Using viral outlets such as Onsmash makes us hot, once they take that away from us what outlets are we going to use to help feed our families.”

Lil B, Artist:

"This is devastating to artist like me who work and trust blogs and online websites. They are shutting down my team. It’s something that hurts and must be stopped."


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"I have gone through a public breakup, and it is not easy," Chilli, whose real name is Rozanda Thomas, said referring to her split from Usher. "When strangers know your business and want to chime in while you’re still dealing with the pain yourself, it’s difficult. Breakups are hard on anyone, but can you imagine if strangers knew your business? It’s rough."

Thomas also claimed that Cardi was "braver" than she was as she "just sort of shut down" when her two-year relationship to the R&B crooner ended. "I am proud of her for being strong and standing up for herself during a time that is obviously a very hurtful one," she continued. "She has a strong sense of self. That’s why fans have connected with her this way. She talks about her highs and lows; she is fearless."

Later in the interview, Chilli suggested that she would be open to working with Cardi on new music. "I don’t usually like to collaborate with females, and the reason why is because of Lisa," she added. "That is just a little weird for me, personally. But I think with Cardi B, she is an exception to the rule. TLC and Cardi B all day long. We’ve gotten a lot of love from Cardi. It’s really an honor."

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Childish Gambino wrapped his This Is America Tour in Los Angeles on Monday (Dec. 17) with a special tribute to his father, Donald Glover Sr. The multi-talented artist revealed that his dad passed away a couple of weeks ago, and commemorated his life by previewing a new single.

"I lost my father a couple weeks ago," he announced in a video that was posted on Reddit. "I wanted to play him some of the new songs, but he didn't want to hear them, because he was like, 'I know they're going to be great.'"

He added: "I'm not saying that to talk about music — I say that to talk about trust. That's what love is. I hope you guys get to feel that kind of love."

He later previewed one of the songs he wanted to share with his dad, as seen in a video a fan posted on Twitter. The song sounds like an uptempo tune with heavy horn instrumentals.

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Check out Gambino's tribute to his father in the video below.

@donaldglover unreleased song #ChildishGambino #ThisIsAmerica #thisisamericatour pic.twitter.com/ToGHrAnApo

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VICE CEO Doesn't Believe Desus And Mero's Brand Is Strong Enough For Showtime

Comedy duo Desus & Mero have kept their brand strong since joining forces in 2012 but the newly-appointed CEO of Vice believes their move to Showtime wasn't the best decision.

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The guys brought high ratings to the network during their reign from August 2016 to June 2018, but Dubuc doesn't see this happening for their upcoming series at Showtime. “They’re going to a platform that their audience doesn’t pay for,” she said.  “I told them, ‘You can always come back.’”

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“We were carrying that network on our back, and we felt the weight,” Desus said. “They were talking about, ‘Do not take the weeks off because we don’t get ratings,’ and it’s like, 'Yo, we’re just two people.'”

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Mero believed the duo were undervalued and not appreciated by the network until it was too late. Their brand transcended platforms as the guys are still active on Twitter and their podcast roots, taking the brand to new heights.

“The channel wanted us to die for this f**king network,” Desus said at the time.  “We’re also the highest rated show on the network, put some respect on our name, have someone come massage my feet.”

We doubt the duo will go back to Vice as excitement for their series on Showtime continues to grow. The guys are already making strides by adding black women to their writing team and recently dropped a teaser for the show.

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— Desus & Mero on SHOWTIME (@SHODesusAndMero) November 29, 2018

Desus and Mero will premiere on Showtime Feb. 21 at 11 pm ET.

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