YouTube Hurting Stand-Up Comics, Battle DJs, & Other Artists

Posted by Billyjam, August 9, 2012 05:05am | Post a Comment
Thanks to the oft-quoted 1979 Buggles hit, we all know that "Video killed the Radio Star"  but increasingly YouTube is killing, or at least significantly hurting, the careers of many contemporary artists including battle DJs, musicians, and stand up comics. This was addressed by Chris Rock on last night's The Daily Show. During Wednesday night's interview with Jon Stewart on the Comedy Central show, the comedian/actor (on to promote his new movie 2 Days in New York) talked about how difficult the stand-up comedy area of his career is these days. The increasing problem, he said, is due to the proliferation of video recording devices that feature easy and instant upload to YouTube that fans abuse when he is testing new material. "It's hard to go to the clubs because people [video] tape your sh*t all the time, and before it's ready," said Rock clearly frustrated. "I don't mind if I'm at Madison Square Garden or somewhere and people want to tape it, but I'm at The Cellar working on a bit and it ain't ready. Then it's on YouTube!"

Rock's criticism of YouTube has been echoed by many other artists including musicians who are still working out the kinks in new material only to discover that unfinished, unperfected, and unauthorized live versions of songs have been uploaded to YouTube.

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Posted by Billyjam, November 7, 2007 07:00am | Post a Comment
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"Music kind of sucks. Nobody's into being a musician. Everybody's getting their mogul on. You've been so infiltrated by this corporate mentality that all the time you'd spend getting great songs together, you're busy doing nine other things that have nothing to do with art. You know how shitty Stevie Wonder's songs would have been if he had to run a fuckin' clothing company and a cologne line?" says Chris Rock In a wonderful new interview in Rolling Stone  (Nov 15, 2007 issue 1039) in which the magazine accurately notes that in this age of hip-hop it is more than common for most rappers to utter those words that we have heard a zillion times already: "I'm not a rapper, I'm a businessman." And Chris Rock responds, "That's whycb4 rap sucks, for the most part. Not all rap, but as an art form it's just not at its best moment."

The always articulate, observant and funny comedian/social satirist Rock has built a career on consistently poking fun at rap music in particular, from his SNL impersonations (including one of MC Hammer) to his hilarious lead role in the excellent 199chris rock bigger and blacker3 obviously NWA inspired, faux-gangsta rap group comedy CB4 as the fictional emcee Gusto, to such things as the cover art of his 1999 comedy album Bigger and Blacker which mocked the (at the time) predominant No Limit/Cash Money record labels' styled rap album cover art. Rock never misses a beat in taking shots at rap music and at the music scene, um business, in general.

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