The Music Industry, evil? Myth or Fact?
Without a question, there is bad in the music business. The fact is, every significant sector has its share of evil. Yes, there are legends floating about the Illuminati, blood sacrifices, and mysterious abilities that are only available to the wealthy. However, no matter how deeply you delve into conspiracy theories, you will never be able to distinguish between facts and fiction.
Is there a pervasive evil in the field involving cults and supernatural demonic abilities? Perhaps, perhaps not. But let’s not ignore the more glaring wrongs that have plagued the music business for at least a few decades.
If you or are attempting to rise to prominence in the music industry, there are at least three different forms of evil that you need to be aware of.
Money Hungry Labels
Major music labels are one of the most talked-about evils in the music industry. As a musician or band, labels have the power to make your ambitions come true, but the reality is more likely to leave you with less creative freedom, more stress, and perhaps even a debt.
While certain celebrities are given the opportunity to flourish like the top performers on a label, the majority of signed acts put in a lot of effort but receive nothing in return. Your money, your sentiments, and who you are as a person won’t matter much to labels at all because, at the end of the day, it’s all about their profits. Yes, they will treat you nicely, they will persuade you, and they will make you feel like family, but if you aren’t careful or simply unfortunate, you might easily get screwed over and left for dry.
Good luck if you’re a black woman and both. While we continue to be viewed as inferior, black people have been taken advantage of, defrauded of, and stolen of their musical ideas for generations. To maintain a good reputation in the industry, black people must work twice as hard.
The Dream, a well-known songwriter and performer, stated the following to Billboard:
“There are no restrictions on what you may do if you are white and you take a hit. If you’re black and had a hit today but can’t repeat it tomorrow, you’re out like a hot potato. You’re done once the industry has used you up. You have left.”
Every society has some level of sexism, and when it comes to musical entertainment, that level of sexism increases. When women perform as singers, rappers, dancers, and songwriters, they risk being perceived as disposable things. In labels or studios, you seldom ever see a woman in a position of authority. Women seeking significant opportunities are frequently expected to perform horrible tasks.
Women are not only treated negatively when they wish to pursue sexual liberation in their artistic endeavors, but they are also perceived as inferior. It’s similar to how we are exploited and then judged when we are forcibly sexualized.
When we choose to incorporate our sexuality into our artistic expression, we face further discrimination and disdain. It resembles a lose-lose scenario.