Wax Poetics Blog: Music Industry Confession - The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation
Fascinating (yet unverifiable) anonymous letter discussing a secret meeting that took place in 1991. Many music executives attended (without knowing the subject of it), signed non-disclosure forms, and discovered that their employers had invested in companies which developed ‘Private Prisons’. Government contracts would give more money to these companies if more prisons needed to be built.
So why were the music executives there?
At this point, my industry colleague who had first opened the meeting took the floor again and answered our questions. He told us that since our employers had become silent investors in this prison business, it was now in their interest to make sure that these prisons remained filled. Our job would be to help make this happen by marketing music which promotes criminal behavior, rap being the music of choice. He assured us that this would be a great situation for us because rap music was becoming an increasingly profitable market for our companies, and as employee, we’d also be able to buy personal stocks in these prisons. Immediately, silence came over the room. You could have heard a pin drop. I remember looking around to make sure I wasn’t dreaming and saw half of the people with dropped jaws. My daze was interrupted when someone shouted, “Is this a f****** joke?”
Now, this story isn’t verified, could very well be a conspiracy theory, whatever, and is very much derided by the comments below it. I do think it is worth a read, if you have an interest in music, politics, industry, regardless.
Read the whole article at Wax Poetics Blog here.