Midweek Newsletter: The Roots make a statement, Russell Simmons returns to Occupy Wall Street and more

Solve all your problems by giving me money!

Russell Simmons is a hip hop legend. This does not and should not make him immune to criticism. Mr Simmons is also worth an estimated $340 million, so it’s pretty safe to say that he is not part of the 99%! It’s his money and he can do what he likes with it. However, Mr Simmons has stated that he would support paying more taxes. The problem with increased taxation in my opinion, is that it would have a crippling effect on the middle classes and small businesses, simply because after taxes their would not be enough money going around to spend frequently. The consumer would be forced to save money and spend wisely.

Anyway, yesterday Russell said that he is planning an Occupy Wall Street concert and promised that he would be getting major artists to make records about the issue. Sounds like he has good intentions, I mean..what is H World blog doing to support the protesters?

I’ve got a better idea. Why doesn’t Russell Simmons tell us if the proceeds are going to any of the protesters?  How about you use a fraction of the money it would take to set up a concert to provide basic neccesities for the protesters e.g food, shelter, sanitary equipment et al.

In January, Russell released a book titled “Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All”. Granted, the book wasn’t all about materialism but the title seems pretty self explanatory. A few months ago, I talked about how his Rush Card debit card is a representation of how banks act like loan sharks, adding on crippling interest and surcharges, even charging customers to spend their own money. Rushcard is partners with Wells Fargo, Citibank and Bank of America a.k.a Wall Street. Give him your money at your own peril…

The Root of the problem:

The other night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots played a song which Questlove said was a “coded message” towards the guest for that evening.  The guest was none other than Michele Bachmann. Now, I’m no supporter of Michele Bachmann (or The Roots), but The Roots have failed to explain why they’re not so fond of the 2012 Republican Nominee. At least share your opinion instead of hiding behind songs and tweets. That’s all I ask, so the people who you may be influencing to vote can have a proper explanation, as you did when you were rallying the electorate to vote for Obama.

Tough times ahead for Brick Squad?:

It’s been a tough couple of  months for Brick Squad. Gucci Mane is in jail, leaving him unable to perform and record. Their affiliate Kebo Gotti has said he hasn’t been paid for his contribution to Grove Street Party (which was a minor hit). And now Suge Knight is lingering on the horizon. Suge Knight is just about blackballed by every important record label in the country, so I had to scratch my head as to why Waka would choose to associate with him.

One thinks it might have something to do with that color they both like to wear so proudly. You know what they say, “once you join there’s no leaving.” If Waka goes ahead with his retirement plans, who will fly the flag for Brick Squad? On the bright side of things, it seems as if Waka Flocka has been collaborating with everyone, and seems to be doing shows non stop. Also two of their producers (Southside and Lex Luger) are due to receive Platinum plaques for their contribution to the joint Jay-Z and Kanye West album – Watch The Throne.

Cash Money Records/Universal Republic’s staggering 1st week numbers:

Earlier in June, Lil Wayne’s Carter 4 moved 964’000 units in its 1st week of release. This week, Drake is to sold 631’000 copies of his latest album Take Care. Meanwhile, Miss Minaj scooped up various accolades at the American Music Awards.

Several rappers give back to their respective communities for Thanksgiving:

The media likes to focus on the negative aspects of hip hop, however Lil Wayne and Birdman were in Louisiana handing out turkeys for Thanksgiving as Cash Money have been doing for 17 years now. 50 Cent was also spotted in Queens giving away hundreds of turkeys, in association with his G Unity Foundation. Uncle Luke has never handed so much as a chicken leg to the residents of Miami, despite him living there for 50 years.

Who copied who?:

Taiwanese news animation group NMA offers a humorous explanation of the allegations of imitation between Big Sean, Ludacris and Drake. That’s only if you care though…

Brand Management:

I hate to reinforce negative stereotypes but it’s a known fact that I love chicken. However, having read about the 2 seizures Rick Ross suffered last month, I have to wonder if it’s a good idea for Rick Ross to be associated with the restaraunt chain, Wingstop. The episode has definitley put me off from the place. Rick Ross is also sponsored by Cazal Sunglasses (a brand he allegedly tattooed on his face).



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Posted on November 23, 2011, in Marketing, Music Industry, News, Politics, Record Labels and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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