Every time I thought back to that fateful night, I found myself asking the question, "Why didn't I just walk away?"
Barely a month after the launch of Jay Z's Tidal, with major artists lining up to show support and journalists signaling the arrival of a big new digital music gorilla, the tide of opinion seems to have dramatically turned.
The music industry must wake up and control the tide. Times have changed and we need to do a total 180. If we listen, understand and change before it's too late, the damage done in the past decade is reversible. If we don't, we'll be washed away by a tidal wave of our own making.
The fanfare around Hillary Clinton's nomination has been at a fervor for months. Unquestionably she stands as the likely next Democratic presidential nominee Yet, the question remains: Will Black America turn out in support?
When the leading artists of our generation speak up about politics or fashion, I can understand the eye rolling and skepticism. When they speak up about music, we should listen.
I'm writing this article with one purpose: to get you from wherever you are now, to wherever you know you should be. I should warn you that this article is probably different than any other you have read on this topic because of my obsession with keepin' it all the way real. It's the only way I know how to be.
If you didn't pay for music in the year 2000, I'd think you were the coolest person around. But you don't pay for music in 2015? You're just being an a**hole.
Will I subscribe? I can't decide. But seriously, if the world's best musicians really think that they are "taking a stand" by charging us more money to stream their music in the name of "high-fidelity" sound... then they are seriously out of touch in more ways that I ever thought was imaginable.
The Tidal story plays up an age-old lamento. Yet, real market opportunity comes from deficits in existing music market structure that are experientially real to music consumers, not just elite artists. Rhetoric alone doesn't make a powerful contender.
They weren't in movies. They were inspired by movies. Perhaps by a specific film. Perhaps by a star. Or perhaps simply by the entire magical filmic experience. It's a broad definition. Here are fifteen really good songs, covering fifty years of pop music.
"It's like starting from the bottom again," said Henderson during a recent telephone interview, "You have to lay the foundation of everything again. It's quite refreshing to come out and nobody knows who you are."
In the midst of these projected possibilities, one thing is certain: the power of Hip Hop is immense and unwavering. But, how the art form is used from this point forward will determine the type of power we truly want to have.
Farting and belching are the great levelers and if you are certain that "beans, beans the musical fruit/the more you eat, the more you toot" applies to everyone, then you can be sure that humanity rather than titles or talents is what really unites our race.
Just as we turn to celebrities for new trends to name our children, we also look toward them to see what outrageous names they have picked this time around. From Apple to Zahara, Mallory Moss presents the best and worst celebrity baby names of all time.
Of the many great insights gleaned from rap lyrics, few are as applicable to startup success as The Notorious B.I.G.'s 10 Crack Commandments.