Flying Lotus: Most Producers Are Broke Because of Greedy Rappers

The outspoken producer drops a truth bomb blasting rappers who try to get instrumentals for free.

Over the years I've forged close friendships with a number of producers, and watching them fight through the daily grind of surviving as a producer has given me a real appreciation for how categorically the music industry undervalues the people who actually make the music we all love. 

But as much as I've seen, I've never pretended to be a producer myself and tried to use DJBooth as a space to amplify their voies, which is why Flying Lotus' recent Twitter truth bomb caught my eye. I'm not going to use the word "rant," let's call it a passionate educational experience 140 characters at a time. And while I feel a little lazy simply embedding multiple tweets, there's no one better to deliver that passionate education than the man himself. 

Talk your talk FlyLo, talk your talk. 

Anyone who's been around the proverbial game for even a few months has seen it. Rappers, and the larger music business, are constantly devaluing producers, attempting to get them to work for free, convincing them that this song will be a "good look." A good look for what? So the next rapper invites them to produce for free as well?

But don't listen to me, listen to Flying Lotus. My producer friends, know your worth, and never let anyone convince you that your worth is zero.

By Nathan S, the managing editor of DJBooth and a hip-hop writer. His beard is awesome. This is his Twitter. Image via HypeTrak.



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