Apathy took to Facebook to speak on a topic that has been bugging him for a while, monetary support from his fans. This came after he reposted a post from Bette Midler, who was expressing her own disappointment in the music industry, in the face of piracy. Some fans took issue with this, and he responded. He writes:
Lemme say first, that my REAL fans have held me down for years and supported me. They always anticipate and support my releases, which makes me feel appreciated and wanting to continue this rap shit. Makes me want to MURDER every beat I get on. I’ve been in the game for 17 years now. I’ve also been a fan who supports.
Recently I went to an Organized Konfusion show… paid to get there, drove two hours and had them sign vinyl, cassettes and CDs that I bought.
But Wow. After I posted up that Bette Midler picture… I’m absolutely fucking disgusted with a couple of you guys.
You act like musicians should just make music for you, for free, out of the “love”, and not be paid for the memories and songs they give you. fuckkkkk you. Straight up.
So you guys will pay $15 for alcohol for a couple of drinks, for ONE night of your life… that you piss out… but you won’t pay $9 for an album that you own FOREVER?
You’ll pay money to go to a movie, or go to a show… which is one night… but won’t pay a small amount for an album that’s yours forever.
You’ll spend $65-$80 for a fucking VIDEO GAME that you’ll play for 2-6 months… But won’t pay a fraction of that to support artists you love.
Don’t try to justify it. If that’s how you feel…. you’re a shitty person. Straight up and down.
I have and always will support my favorite artists. When I was BROKE, I bought every Nas & Wu album.
Saying “times are changing” is a cop out. That’s just an easy way for you to stay cheap. You’ll pay for other bullshit, but not music?
Whenever I say things like this I always get a couple dudes who get defensive and say they’re not gonna show me love anymore. Well you don’t anyway. So kick rocks. Straight up.
When I was 13… I would steal quarters from a big jar my mother had, to buy tapes. In 1993 I mowed the lawn and did odd jobs at a fish market in the summer… just to support my hip-hop habit. Some people I knew had copies of these albums on blank tapes, but I always bought the real shit.
My point is… I have always done music for the love. You can hear it in the songs I make. The beats I pick. The fact that I never sold out for big bucks even when I signed to a major.
So if I put that love in to music, people should be able to support that.
And it’s not even like artists ask for mad money. How often do I drop an album? Once every year or every two years? Oh my godddd… You mean I want $9 or $16 once every couple years?
I always keep it 100% real with you guys… and that also means I speak my mind.
That’s how I feel.
Peace to the real fans. You already know I spend my entire night after a show signing every single CD, answering questions and taking hundreds and hundreds of pictures.
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