Reflecting on Magna Carta Holy Grail

Greetings Wiz Kids!

The biggest news in the music industry for the past few weeks has been Jay Z’s new album Magna Carta Holy Grail and more specifically, its ground breaking if somewhat shaky release via Samsung mobile app.

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Here’s a rap-up (pun intended) of the biggest stories surrounding the release of Magna Carta.

Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta’ giveaway prompts RIAA change on certification (Via LA Times)

Jay Z and the Mainstreaming of the ‘Album App’ (Via Time Mag)

Sixteen-Year-Old Producer, Wondagurl, Explains Crafting Jay-Z’s “Crown” (Via XXL Mag)

Jay-Z Enlightens Twitter With Impromptu Q&A (Via RollingStone Mag)

Jay-Z: Issues downloading ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ on Samsung app ‘not cool’ (Via NY Daily News)

 

Grammy Winning Producer Walter Afanasieff : The Music Biz is “De-volving”

Good morning Wiz Kids!  

Today we’re sharing quotes from an interview (thanks to Hypebot and Jessica Blankenship, a writer and media manager at Muzooka (muzooka.com,@muzookawith Walter Afantasieff, most well known for producing #1 hits with Mariah Carey and Celine Dion.  The basic premise is that the music business is devolving and shows like The Voice and American Idol are washing away musical talent in favor of good looks and a good story.

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Here are some key quotes from his interview.

Music industry people do not take chances anymore. They default daily to whatever is the flavor of the month as determined by the media, and the social media machine.

We are less innovative, have less balls, are less willing to take chances, less willing to sign artists who are not known. That’s the biggest problem, and that’s why I say the music industry did not evolve, it devolved.

Adele, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire – these were accidents. They set a different tone for a minute. They reminded everyone that not all music is this conglomerate media bullshit. That’s what I believe in. All of these things keep dragging us along. Along the way, we must all have enough of a commitment to our craft. We can’t be afraid to pursue greatness. Because the reality is that mediocrity is celebrated.

 

What do you think about Mr. Afanasieff’s ideas?  Is the music business really devolving?  Is there hope for the future? Continue reading

Jay-Z Talks Magna Carta Holy Grail, The Music Business on BBC Interview (7/15)

Greetings Wiz Kids!

Be on the lookout for Jay Z exclusive BBC interview with Zane Lowe on 7/15

Expect MBWK to post this with commentary as soon as its up!

Check out the preview below.


Thanks to the good people at 2DopeBoyz for sharing this.

 

12 Ways Bands & Brands Are Standing Out On @vanswarpedtour [via Hypebot and Kosha Dillz]

Just wanted to share this insightful post from indie rapper Kosha Dillz (@koshadillz) and the friendly folks at @Hypebot.

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It’s Warped Tour season again, which means your favorite band you never heard of will be hustling amongst over 100 other bands in parking lots all across the country. Since I was on the beloved tour last year on a side stage and sitting in with various kick ass bands like BallyHoo! and Captain Capa, I have learned that this place is the best world to figure out your own DIY tactics.

Here are a list of 12 things bands/brands are doing to stand out!

1. Sell it for $1 dollar. – Why not sell something for $1? Everyone wants something to take home. If you sell it for $1, you work an exchange of income and they also remember you selling something for $1.

2. Have a little boom box stuffed animal named Pickles – MC LARS is crushing the game with his future kids show, and if you ever get to see someone with a stuffed animal rapping, or even skunking on stage (the ska version of dancing). If you don’t have a stuffed animal make another make shift device that grabs people’s attention. I would probably have a stuffed animal pickle named Kosha Dillz Jr. or something. But mind you, the youth really attract to soft and cuddly. I think we all do. Continue reading

Wu-Tang’s GZA Teaches Kids Science With Least-Lame Classroom Rap Ever

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Via Slate

As part of a program created by Columbia professor Christopher Emdin, 10 New York City high school classes have been writing raps as a way to learn about science. The program is calledScience Genius, and it sounds like the sort of patronizing pop-culture hijack kids hate more than anything. But when Wu-Tang’s GZA drops by a Bronx classroom to discuss the importance of scientific inquiry, you can see the actual moment when the students realize the program is legit.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/06/18/wu_tang_clan_s_gza_teaches_kids_science_with_rap_video.html

Overheard at New Music Seminar (Via Hypebot)

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Courtesy of Hypebot

The festivities got under way with a part.convert on Sunday night, and since then it’s been a constatnt stream of keynotes, panels and seminars.  Here are some of the most quatable quotes so far:

  • Matt Harmon of Beggars Group: “An indie label looks for artists because they have real interest in music.”
  • @bryancalhoun: “If you dont geo-target & personalize your lists, then you aren’t maximizing your direct to fan. You are just spamming via @sarahmary
  • Bandzoogle CEO @DavidDufresne: “Musicians need mobile-friendly websites—not apps. “Email is the ultimate app.”
  • @AudiophiliacMan: “If you really love the band you should BUY the album and if you buy the album it should be the best quality”
  •  Kenny Gates @piasrecordings: “Streaming is replacing piracy.”
  • Paul Campbell, CEO, #AmazingRadio: “We pay artists 100 x more than streaming for in-store performances.” (via @MosesAvalon) and “What we’re really interested in is having people lean forward while they are leaning back.”
  • “”only 30 mil people in the US who pay for music on iTunes, only 100 mil in the world”  via @mostdefinitemax

MORE  ARTICLES ON NEW MUSIC SEMINAR

An Interview with New Music Seminar Founder Tom Silverman on Digital Music & The Long Tail

New Music Seminar: Music Subscription Companies Talk Differentiation in a Crowded Field

Virgin EVP Ron Fair & New Music Seminar To Choose Top 6 A&R “Young Guns”

 

Cambatta, NMS2013, and the Sidewalk as a Venue

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Last night I went out to check out verbal assasin Cambatta’s performance in the village at Cake Shop as part of New Music Seminar.  Cambatta took it to the stage and ripped threw some songs off of his latest mixtape Smoke and Mirrors.  Several bands performed as well including Down Beat Keys.  However, the real performance was outside on the street when Cambatta alongside bilingual reggae artist Rafijah Siano and Allison Kennedy, a female singer/songwriter from Montreal (If anyone if she has a website/twitter please let me know).  There will be a video posted in the coming days of this impromptu sidewalk show. Continue reading