A couple weeks ago, Jeezy collaborated with Kendrick Lamar for a remix of Jeezy's "Holy Ghost," and they used a sample of a T.D. Jakes sermon titled, "Don't Let the Chatter Stop You." The song spread (as just about anything involving K.Dot is bound to) and was lent some real passion by Jakes' words: "I’m under attack, but I’m still on fire. I got some chatter, but I’m still on fire. I got some threat, but I’m still on fire." But Jakes was not happy. He posted on Facebook that he intends to take legal action against Jeezy.
Hip-hop runs up against intellectual property issues almost as often as churches do, as both places are open to what rappers call "sampling" and pastors call "being inspired" in varying degrees of legality. Jeezy has pulled the song from Soundcloud and YouTube, and everyone's spokesperson is staying mum on the issue. Everyone except for Georgetown University professor and hip-hop expert Michael Eric Dyson, who expressed to The Guardian his opinion that, "It’s an unfortunate example of the disconnect between an elder, like T.D. Jakes, who is an undeniably gifted and remarkable human being, but may be not necessarily as in touch as he should be with the currency of a younger generation" ... Discuss
This week we talk to hip hop artist, Lecrae. Plus, Jeremy Courtney of Preemptive Love comes by to talk Iraq, ISIS and the work his organization is doing. And we catch up on the week’s news and entertainment, read your feedback and much more ... Read More
Don't let the "aw, shucks" vibe of global superstar and benevolent fairy Taylor Swift fool you. Underneath her sad-eyed lady of the lowlands demeanor beats the Tumblr-savvy heart of a shrewd businesswoman, willing to toy with dangerous alchemy by bringing Internet jokes into real life. Click the picture to enlarge ... Discuss
Fashion chain Urban Outfitters—whose target customer is under 30—now sells more vinyl records than any other retail outlet on the planet. During a recent industry meeting, UO’s chief administrative officer said, “Music is very, very important to the Urban customer … in fact, we are the world’s number one vinyl seller.” The demand has gotten so big that Urban Outfitters now works directly with vendors so they can easily sell records online without having to keep them in stock. The surge in vinyl record popularity is continuing to grow—Nielsen SoundScan says that this year could be the biggest-selling year for vinyl records since 1991. Considering many of the vinyl-buyers weren’t even born before the technology was obsolete, that’s a pretty great comeback ... Discuss