I, for one, would’ve never expected Jay-Z and Kanye West to short the little guy.
This is more complex than that though. Because these store owners went and mucked up their message by turning it into a press release for Record Store Day, a festivity that to date has done almost nothing with or for hip hop buyers and artists. In fact more than a few of the stores that I’ve been to on that list maintain new hip hop sections thinner than the length of my forearm and that stock is usually filled with more Madlib records than Jay-Z records. The Mom And Pop stores that will suffer the most from what Jay and Ye are doing - ones that code more “hood” than “hipster,” for lack of a better delineation - have little involvement in whatever weird union is pushing this agenda and probably weren’t even invited to the table in the first place. In fact mega indies like Amoeba and chains like J&R (both signed at the bottom) have likely done as much damage to these smaller stores as Best Buy and Itunes do to Amoeba and J&R. I’m not saying it’s not fucked up to sell an album exclusively at Best Buy, it is. Just don’t mistake the protester for the bottom line victim.
A must-see documentary about The Eli Porter Vs. Envy Iron Mic battle that went viral. It’s so rare that you ever get a chance to see behind the curtains on this kind of meme, especially one this great. Long live the people’s champ.