Blogger Roundtable (Pt.2)




“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,

“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,

“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”’s not fair to hiphop websites that get caught int he cross fire. For instance, 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 helped create. Rather than sending C&D’s they need to start sending thank you cards. #freeonsmash”

John Gotty,

“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.”


“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 and 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. “


“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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