Why the Music Industry Can’t Save Itself

Published Monday, December 07, 2009 4:56 AM
By Tolu Olorunda
Editor’s note: The views expressed inside this editorial aren’t necessarily the views of AllHipHop.com or its employees.

“Look: now, I ain’t going for the okey-doke/
… This industry be trying to strangle Ni**as in the choke/”

—Rhymefest Ft. Kanye West, “More,” Blue Collar, 2006.

DJ_Drama_2The tragedy of bullies, it seems, isn’t so much in the exhibitionism, violent escapades, or raucous endeavors inevitably rendered, but in the refusal to admit the inescapable: impending downfall—imminent doom. And like all bullies—whether the larger-than-healthy kid on the playground, the parent who fails to recognize a child’s humanity, the nation too fool of itself to curtail world domination—the music industry is lapping up its last left spoils, even as all indicators suggest this giant is crippled and wobbling—more importantly, from self-inflicted wounds.

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