Busta Rhymes: “Hip-Hop Has Changed…”
Busta Rhymes spoke on how hip-hop has changed since he first entered the industry in the early 90’s. The rapper suggested that record companies have almost become obsolete, saying to The Huffington Post: "These record companies are making it a lot easier for themselves to not be needed because they don't develop artists anymore…
"And if artists are left to have that responsibility to develop themselves on their own, when they become the s**t and they become the stars, would they need a record label?"
He continued: "That's why the independent movement has become so powerful in the past five years. That's the only thing I see that's changed a lot, among other things."
The 40-year-old also scolded record labels for failing to promote their artists properly.
"They're not throwing money around like they used to. We used to spend $2 million on a video, at least I did. So them days is over, but there's a lot of things that have changed."
Rhymes then went on to say: "Ultimately, I'm not mad at where hip-hop is. Sometimes for good changes to come we have to encounter some bad ones, that's how life is, a balance of good and bad. But I definitely feel like hip-hop is at an amazing stage right now, both professionally and creatively. And I think as long as we stay on this course we'll be back to the things that we love and maybe even better."
Busta Rhymes recently released his free album 'Year of the Dragon', which features artists such as Lil Wayne, Trey Songz and Rick Ross.
Words: Tiffany Calver (@TiffanyCalver)