So i have been writing this post for a few weeks now and just got back around to it when I got a call last night that reminded me about this post.
Looking back on the last year and a half I am seeing a ever growing trend of "industry-lization" (I know this isnt a word lol) happening in the DMV. With the ever growing attention artist are getting in the area the egos are growing as well. It is apparent we have some that believe just because they have a tad bit more support locally that they are more elite than thier peers. We have also seen the increase of "DMV" movement type events capitalizing off the "psuedo movemen"t because in my humble opinion its not even a movent yet. But we are definitly working hard towards that.
Bad business practices have been around for years in the industry and thats on a major level and to see some of those practices applied on this small indie level in this city is amazing but I'm not suprised. I mean some are trully acting like they are generating millions of dollars doing this music thing when its far from the truth. There are some in the DMV music circle trying to steal artist, blackball artist and blackball events for unwarranted reasons. WTF!!!!
There is clearly only a small few of artist/producers making money of music and it has little to do with the "DMV Movement".
Prime example: Majority of my work come from out of town artist that pay me what I feel im worth. But if I was to charge a local artist what I charge a out of town artist they would look at me like I'm crazy. Most of my articles and promotion comes from sites and publications that dont even know we have a hip hop scene in DC, MD and VA.
We also have some people within the DMV that call themselves "Publicist", "Promoters", "Managers", "Executes", "Stylist", "Photographers", etc... within the DMV music scene that are really believing that they are "Bossing Up" on their peers. It just funny as hell.
In my humble opinion shouldnt no one (deal or no deal) think thier better than thier peers within this DMV music scene because on thing that is evident is that the world still doesnt recognize us as a respectable and viable market for talent even with Wale major release.
All in all the purpose of this post is to have "US" all (me included) take a step back and check ourselves for the new year.