The dynamic story of how complete unknowns built a world free of music industry gatekeepers --the global superstars that it birthed, the kingmakers you've never...
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Introducing: Drapetomaniax - Unshackled History with Michael Harriot
Join Dean of Black Twitter, Michael Harriot, for a Black history podcast like you've never heard before. Using a recipe that includes detailed research, barbershop humor and a little seasoned salt, a parade of cookout-certified celebrity guests helps Michael Harriot serve up a compelling, hilarious and more accurate version of Black history that was conveniently whitewashed from your social studies book. Listen and subscribe to Drapetomaniax: Unshackled History.
Ep. 10: Unplugged
The party goes on. And while some in The Blog Era evolved, most died off. Staying true to himself took a toll on eskay. On his family life, finances, physical and mental well-being. On the music he once loved. What happens when it's all too much? We look at the legacy eskay helped create, from a passion project, from giving a voice to the voiceless, from $10 from eskay’s own pocket.
Ep. 9: Fuck a Blog, Dog
Industries spent years laughing at the blogs, ignoring the blogs, fearing the blogs, getting close to the blogs and robbing the blogs. In 2011, a whirlwind of forces would come together to make sure there were no more lifelines.
Ep. 8: Kick in the Door, Wavin' the 404
By 2010, so many of the bloggers who’d set out to subvert the gatekeepers had become them. Resentment grew: from a new generation of artists, from heavily-financed competition and especially from the labels. More money - spent on building websites, growing networks, signing acts and retaining lawyers - meant closer scrutiny on what started out as passion projects. And it all would come to a head as families gathered around the dinner table.
Ep. 7: To The Moon
No two artists better symbolize success and downfall than Kid Cudi and Charles Hamilton. Massive talents, major deals, mental issues. But their paths after getting on could not be more different. As the culture became less about artist discovery and celebration, blogs, in order to get engagement, became dependent on chasing page views at any expense.
The dynamic story of how complete unknowns built a world free of music industry gatekeepers --the global superstars that it birthed, the kingmakers you've never heard of - and how big buildings and big money snatched back the power.
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