During Terius Nash latest sit down with Billboard, The Dream takes the time to air out his grievances with the politics of the music industry. Here’s is but a mere snippet below.
-“That’s because artists are treated like slaves. We have terrible contracts, we have streaming services that pay one-tenth of a cent per play, we have no laws to protect us”
What role does race play in how artists get paid today?
If you got a hit and you’re white, there are no limits to what you can do. If you’re black and you have a hit today but can’t do it again tomorrow, then your ass is out of here. When the industry uses you up, that’s it. You’re gone. It’s a constant battle for our culture. We can’t say no to radio, we can’t say no to Spotify, and we can’t have a concert because nobody will come. And the whole time, everybody is taking from our culture to enhance the pop side of things. By the way, the pop side doesn’t mean you have to be white. Bruno Mars is pop. Nobody listens to Bruno Mars like he’s a black artist. Which I’m sure for him, he’s like, “Thank God.” There are urban artists and then there are pop artists, and urban artists get things taken from them. We create the swag, and everybody knows it.
Check out the full interview at : http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/6605182/the-dream-artists-are-treated-like-slaves-music-business-contra-paris