Really guys? When Marcus takes out his time to send you his CD and contacts you, you do this kinda bullshit? If you support Marcus, hip hop music and anything that derives from real Hip Hop, then buy Marcus’ CD, DON’T JUST DOWNLOAD IT. To big artists, the few bucks they spare from downloads may not hurt them as much as the independent artists. Artists like Marcus D need your support to do what they do and make you guys happy. You think this is for themselves? No. They do their music for their audience’s enjoyment. So do your part and support these independent artists like Marcus and buy their CDs if you haven’t already.
Here is the original message from Marcus himself:
I apologize for the PSA, but just roll with me. Apparently Shoshin and Bop Alloy have been uploaded to the internet for free download; not surprising. I may sound like a broken record, but I’m confused and need some help clarifying a few things. You (underground hip hop fans) are always (rightfully) complaining about the trash music that’s practically shoved down your throats everyday. You’re sick of the lack of substance in the lyrics and lack of musicality in the beats. You want more from your music and you demand more from your artists. You “Think Different”. Right?
Then what causes you to go out of your way to hurt the independent artists that represent you? They spend years of their lives and put blood, sweat, and tears into their music for you. Then they pay to press it up and put it out so you can enjoy it the way it was meant to be enjoyed. But, instead of investing in their careers and buying ONE CD, you bootleg them, upload a version of their album at half its quality to the internet, and encourage others to do the same.
This may come as a shock…but YOU are the reason why the radio stations play what they play. Because when it comes down to it, you don’t really stand for what you say you do. Independent artists need your support, and not just your moral support. I wish money wasn’t an issue just as much as the next person, but unfortunately it makes the world go round, and coincidentally plays a large part in the production of music. If you see any kind of future in an artist, support them. It’s easy to feel like an artist’s musical process doesn’t involve you, but it does, directly. You play the most important role in an indie artist’s success and you may not even realize it. Wake up. Without you, they, we, don’t exist… A lot of you have bought the album, and I/we appreciate you. You’re not the target of this reminder. Shoshin is only $15 and Bop Alloy is even less.
If you want to listen to Shoshin at a fraction of it’s potential quality, here’s the free download link. Do your worst. http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AEQDEV55
But if you want to experience Shoshin at its full potential, support me, and receive a signed physical copy with a dope cover and liner notes, click this instead: www.marcusd.net
Buy Bop Alloy: www.bopalloy.bandcamp.com
Bop Alloy Phyiscal CD: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/substantialmarcusd