After a three-year fight for his freedom, the rapper was released last month. His lawyer explained what Drakeo's story says about our justice system.
Here's what people of colour across the music industry would like to see change.
Synchronization rights? Mechanical royalties?? We got you.
The Telecommuncations Act ushered in a new era of radio consolidation, flattening Black music to fit under one ad-friendly umbrella.
Introducing Unpaid Royalties, a series about the myriad ways that the music industry exploits Black artists—and what's being done to change them.
“People in the building have said, ‘This is unethical; this is wrong. This is not right,’” the producer said of his Universal Music contract.
We broke down the three most common types of contracts an artist might sign today, offering a window into how the “bad deal” isn’t an anomaly—it’s by design.
The kind of egregious exploitation Richard faced in the 1950s might seem unthinkable today. But for many Black artists, not much has changed.
How does one exist as a Black pop musician when pop is predicated on whiteness?
The strongest reporting on the LA riots of 1992 came from Black writers at a hip-hop magazine. In 2020, the infrastructure for a robust Black press doesn't exist.