Jack, the rap (or crap) publisher?
This is the second part of a true story every artist should read to avoid the pitfalls of the modern music industry! In case you missed the first part, read it here: Hip Hop Reality part 1. Here we go with the next chapter about Jack The Publisher and the young artist MC Steven. MC Steven and I had made the song from scratch, I played the instruments, did the music production and the arrangement and MC Steven wrote and rapped his lines to my beat. All that in my studio. So the song was made by MC Steven and myself, no one else was involved, surely not Jack The Publisher. MC Steven was very happy with my final mix. We had it mastered and burned to DVD (for backup) and CD. MC Steven was ready to kickstart his hip hop career!
Two days later I got an email first and then a telephone call from a very up upset MC Steven: Jack The Publiser had made it clear to him that Jack was the one that owned the song and the master copy of the recording and that he was going to decide what was going to be happen next. It didn’t really make sense to me. In the eyes of MC Steven, Jack was such a motivated guy with an important network. MC Steven didn’t to want to argue with him or act against him. After all, Jack had told that if at any time a legal problem would occur between Jack and MC Steven, he would work out a solution in a friendly way without ever going to court.
A few months passed by. MC Steven got frustrated because nothing really happened with his song “Hip Hop Beat Reality”. He wasn’t able to show his talent to the world because Jack had him prohibited to put the song on Facebook, Revenbnation, Youtube, or any other online or offline promotion tool. It would reduce Jacks chances of finding a label, because labels are less or not interested in songs that are already wandering around on the internet. I have to agree, Jack had a point there: almost no record label would be interested in a song that had found his way to illegal peer-to-peer networks even before the official release.
But Jack The Publisher was not able to find to record label. MC Steven found out Jack didn’t really had that amazing network he told about and most of all, he heard of other local artists that had signed with him and were left in the cold and even taken to court. I advised MC Steven to take the bull by the horns and forget about Jack The Publisher and his blablabla. MC Steven made an appointment with Jack to end his contract with him in a friendly way. And that’s where things were starting to go really wrong…
Read the third chapter of this true story in the next blogpost: The contract MC Steven signed.
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