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Prince Warns Young Artists: Record Contracts Are ‘Slavery’

Two days after Prince announced that he would release his new album HitNRun exclusively to Tidal, the singer revealed the reason he is sidestepping a record label and offering the LP directly through Jay Z’s streaming service. “Record contracts are just like — I’m gonna say the word – slavery,” Prince said. “I would tell any young artist… don’t sign.”

Speaking to a small group of reporters from the National Association of Black Journalists Saturday at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis, Prince expressed concerns over the future of the music business, NPR reports. He also voiced his disapproval about how record labels turn artists into “indentured servitude,” since the artists have little control or insight over how labels take their music and profit off it online, a claim David Byrne similarly laid against the major labels.

“Once we have our own resources, we can provide what we need for ourselves,” Prince said of why he chose to team with Tidal. “Jay Z spent $100 million of his own money to build his own service. We have to show support for artists who are trying to own things for themselves.”

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Prince also debuted a pair of tracks from his September 7th-bound HitNRun, reportedly titled “Love Control” and “Shut This Down.” Those tracks join the previously released first single “Hardrocklover.” Prince also told the Paisley Park crowd that HitNRun would be released physically at some point.

This isn’t the first time Prince has compared the music industry to slavery. In 1993, when Prince and Warner Bros. were warring over his record contract, the rocker frequently appeared in public and onstage with “slave” scrawled on his cheek. Prince would soon change his name to “the Artist Formerly Known As” and “the Love Symbol” in an effort to “emancipate” himself “from the chains that bind me to Warner Bros.” Prince and the label later reconciled for 2014’s Art Official Age.

As fractious Prince’s relationship with record labels have been, his dealings with the Internet have been even more contentious. In 2007, Prince called upon the Web Sheriff to strip all images, videos and torrents involving the rocker off the web. That same year, Prince feuded with his own fansites over the use of his image, which resulted in a diss track called “PFUnk.” More recently, Prince pulled all his music off streaming services before aligning with Tidal and deleted his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

It is not just the record labels that Prince has issues with: He also called out Clear Channel for the homogenization of FM radio.

Prince Warns Young Artists: Record Contracts Are ‘Slavery’

Two days after Prince announced that he would release his new album HitNRun exclusively to Tidal, the singer revealed the reason he is sidestepping a record label and offering the LP directly through Jay Z’s streaming service. “Record contracts are just like — I’m gonna say the word – slavery,” Prince said. “I would tell any young artist… don’t sign.”

Speaking to a small group of reporters from the National Association of Black Journalists Saturday at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis, Prince expressed concerns over the future of the music business, NPR reports. He also voiced his disapproval about how record labels turn artists into “indentured servitude,” since the artists have little control or insight over how labels take their music and profit off it online, a claim David Byrne similarly laid against the major labels.

“Once we have our own resources, we can provide what we need for ourselves,” Prince said of why he chose to team with Tidal. “Jay Z spent $100 million of his own money to build his own service. We have to show support for artists who are trying to own things for themselves.”

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Prince also debuted a pair of tracks from his September 7th-bound HitNRun, reportedly titled “Love Control” and “Shut This Down.” Those tracks join the previously released first single “Hardrocklover.” Prince also told the Paisley Park crowd that HitNRun would be released physically at some point.

This isn’t the first time Prince has compared the music industry to slavery. In 1993, when Prince and Warner Bros. were warring over his record contract, the rocker frequently appeared in public and onstage with “slave” scrawled on his cheek. Prince would soon change his name to “the Artist Formerly Known As” and “the Love Symbol” in an effort to “emancipate” himself “from the chains that bind me to Warner Bros.” Prince and the label later reconciled for 2014’s Art Official Age.

As fractious Prince’s relationship with record labels have been, his dealings with the Internet have been even more contentious. In 2007, Prince called upon the Web Sheriff to strip all images, videos and torrents involving the rocker off the web. That same year, Prince feuded with his own fansites over the use of his image, which resulted in a diss track called “PFUnk.” More recently, Prince pulled all his music off streaming services before aligning with Tidal and deleted his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

It is not just the record labels that Prince has issues with: He also called out Clear Channel for the homogenization of FM radio.

The Best Sneakers From The 2015 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot | Kicks On Court

Every summer, the NBA rounds up its recently drafted rookies for an annual full day of photos and interviews as the league’s newest players prep for their debut season. Headlined by top overall picks and newly signed Nike endorsers Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell, this year’s shoot included a humongous all white backdrop for player […]

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Listen to Vic Mensa, “Heat It Up (Freestyle)”

Vic Mensa keeps the new tracks flowing as part of his “Disrupting Traffic Fridays.” This week’s edition included a new freestyle from the recent Roc Nation signee titled, “Heat It Up.” The Chicago MC catches wreck over a Charlie Heat beat touching on current events like Ciara and Russell Wilson, and rumors that he plagiarized “U Mad.”

Vic recently made the headlines for calling Liam and Neol Gallagher, of the group Oasis, “dickheads” for their opposition of Jay Z and Kanye West playing Glastonbury Fest and the Brit Awards.

Mensa is currently knee deep in his Traffic Tour. Check out the remaining dates, below.

Saturday, August 15th Montreal Illsonic Festival
September 5th & September 6th Philadelphia, PA Made in America Festival
Sunday September 13th Miami, FL Fool’s Gold Presents Day Off
Saturday September 19th Asbury Park, NJ Shadow Of The City Festival
Sunday September 27th Tempe, AZ Summer Ends Festival

Stephen ESPO Powers Decorates The Streets of New York With His Hand-Painted Signs This Summer

Artist Stephen ESPO Powers has teamed up with New York’s Department of Transportation this summer. For the temporary public art signage project, Powers’ signature hand-painted street signs will be presented on street light poles along the Summer Streets route. In total, thirty signs will be exhibited at four of the Summer Streets rest stops: Midtown at 25th Street and Park Avenue, Astor Place at Astor Place and Lafayette Street, SoHo at Spring Street and Lafayette Street, with the majority featured at Foley Square at Duane Street and Centre Street. Each individual sign was produced at DOT’s own Sign Shop in Maspeth, Queens and installed by DOT Borough Engineers. Having been commissioned for over a decade already for his sign work, it is great seeing ESPO return to New York city. The funny and thoughtful phrases that have become a signature of the artist, certainly light up the streets of New York City in a great way. Make sure to walk the route and check them all out.

np "He's A Runner" by Laura Nyro. Bronx stand up. Thank you @nyc_dot

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