DJ Jazzy Jeff sat down with Vlad TV to discuss his thoughts on whether artists should sign with a record label in today’s industry.
DJ Jazzy Jeff said a recording contract for a rising artist is not necessary.
He named Hip Hop superstar Drake as one such artist who could have gone without a recording contract.
“I feel Drake made a mistake. He was the first person getting extreme airplay with no record deal and that was unheard of,” Jeff said. “He basically had the business in a chokehold.”
There are many artists who have found success on the independent circuit, including Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa.
“It’s starting to become a trend where people don’t have to look to a record label to say that this is something popular,” Jeff said. “Now it’s like if I get enough people to say they like it, they’re going to pick up the phone and call the radio stations. Or for that matter… radio stations have no choice, but to play what the people want.”
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