Justin Boland - The indie hip hop game


13 Responses to “Justin Boland - The indie hip hop game”

  1. justinboland says:

    Well, you just told me. Right? As the great man once said, “Let Yourself Go”

  2. hiphopitis says:

    Man I seen Canibus at the Crazy Horse in West Covina and it was crackin!.. Met the photographer and had a dope hip hop photoshoot and my album got reviewed and signed just by meeting the BCS photographer. Also, I got some tight pics with canibus. I’m glad i got to see him do his thing.. Eric Thomas Roybal Thank you!!

    Mad love in the hip hop game!!

    Check out http://www.EricThomasRoybal.com

  3. justinboland says:

    Zing! Looks like Bandcamp removed the song within 24 hours of that comment outing the sample. I wonder if someone actually “reported us to the fuzz” for that, or if it just showed up in a publisher’s google alerts the same day? Either way…bummer!

  4. Anonymous says:

    The first song is Brian Eno and Robert Fripp’s ‘Evening Star’ in pretty much its entirety w/ an added beat…
    I’m all for sampling, but really?

    That said, good article and I like where this guy’s coming from.

  5. Anonymous says:

    “We rolled up to see what this joint’s about
    When one of my boys in the van just pointed em out
    So without delay we reacted
    And started shootin like it was target practice
    When they saw that we wasn’t messin around
    One tried to run, so I had to chase him down
    I caught the kid by the corner store deli
    Kicked him in the belly like I was Jeff Kelley
    I did his jugular vein something violent..”

    -Big Daddy Kane ‘The Beef is On’

  6. toxonix says:

    Don’t fund the vinyl, it will never fund you back. Yes, DJ’s prefer teh vinylz, but don’t have a bunch of vinyl cut. I started a label in ~1997, and focused mainly on vinyl because the only other option was CD’s, and not everyone could afford or wanted to spin CD’s with the equipment that was available. Vinyl was a good promotional tool, but you have to figure out how big your fan base is, how likely they are to buy your records (or any records), and how will the distribution work out. If you are umbrella’d under a big distribution network who handles pressing and distribution, then you probably won’t have to come out of pocket for the vinyl itself, but you won’t have any control of it either. They will just expect you to market the crap out of it, make it popular, make it sell, make more, or they’ll just drop your sub label. My label is still running, but its run out of Thailand, and I have no interest in it anymore.
    I think a lot of what you have to say is interesting, against my expectations, which is refreshing. There were a lot of white kids trying to be rappers (and black kids, asians, everyone except girls) and most of them continued chasing the pipe dream well into their 30s. I have nothing but contempt for them, even if there were some talented ones, because they never opened their horizons beyond ‘hip hop’.
    The one problem I have with hip hop is that someone can crank out an album in a few days and call it genius. A bunch of 5 minute songs composed of loops and tastelessly triggered drum samples just isn’t enough like music for me to like it. I’m not saying you have to play an instrument extremely well to compose music, but at least compose music. Looping and looping is kids stuff, and I think things like hip hop and dance music need to grow out of it. Unless you are intentionally making something stupid, which is OK. Ask yourself if this is what you want to be remembered for. If it is, then by all means..

  7. justinboland says:

    ^^Was that advice for me or just a general ramble? I appreciate the detail but I’m more familiar with the business than you’re giving me credit for.

    It is precisely because of communication with our fanbase that we’re doing the vinyl in the first place. “By request” and all that. It is for the love of art that we want to make the vinyl package the best it can be — we’re going overboard, but if money was the goal I would have quit 10 years ago.

    If you think we’re producing “loops and tastelessly triggered drum samples” please – take a listen to the Dr. Quandary album you’re talking about. I was involved in some of the early mixes of these tracks and there were 30-50 tracks of samples involved with them, it’s a very lush, orchestrated album.

  8. John Doyn says:

    I think I smell a rat; Anon 3!

    Secondly, who reports people for sampling anyway? Jealous losers who can’t make beats like s/maharba can, that’s who. Even if he looped it up, it’s still eons beyond anything YOU can do.

  9. Cassandra says:

    We’re all engaged in the same war against the alphabet.

    That is just the most fantastic, succinct way of explaining writing I’ve ever seen.

    Also, the first song is good–haven’t listened to the others, yet. I keep thinking that the sample in the back is from something I’ve heard but I can’t remember the title!

  10. PatC. says:

    Loved this article. Hope to hear more about Thirtyseven. Everything about him just fascinates me, and I’ve been pimping him to my friends. Keep up the good work man. Though I really would’ve liked to hear that first song :/ Much respect from Kansas City!

  11. huamangino says:

    Big Daddy Kane doesn’t “rap about shooting people.” Someone should tell Justin that name dropping doesn’t work when you don’t appear to know anything about the person you’re mentioning.

  12. Anonymous says:

    This is the “new” wave! ^L^ I love this music, rapper psychedelic, truth of the heart! Move on!

    - Thomas

  13. bbloodworth says:

    “We’re all engaged in the same war against the alphabet.”


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