The Industry just got smaller. Labels are Disappearing. Jive, Arista & J records join that list

What makes this ironic, is that I was just at a meeting 2 weeks ago with an A&R in the grand offices of Jive records (which I always thought was a telling name for a label).

As I looked around the hallowed walls of the offices in the Sony entertainment building, although this was my 5th time in this building, and 4th time in this position, I realized then more than ever, just how small this business is.

Across the floor was RCA stuff, upstairs was Columbia, and all throughout the place was J records and RocNation paraphernalia .

Last week Sony announced that it was dissolving all of their subdivisions (with the exception of the RocNation merger) and concentrating all of their efforts into the RCA brand and the Columbia umbrella. This means that Sony music properties who are worth keeping will be housed under one or the other. So all of those Arista artists like Usher and all of those Jive artists like Britney Spears will move to RCA records most likely, and the Jennifer Hudsons’ and Alicia Keys‘ will find their homes on Columbia. For a look at the story from the words of the execs in charge of this move, click here…http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rca-execs-confirm-jive-arista-245392

I mean, getting rid of 2 Clive Davis labels and letting go of this many jobs is a humongous deal! A definite signifier of both how much the digital takeover has affected and weakened the industry, as well as how small the circle of money is among those who hold the power. This means the record labels are fighting not to become obsolete, and are really just closer extensions of their distributors, who have only ever really been just 3 main names. Right now, it’s looking like Universal, Sony and Warner. Look them up and see how many labels still exist under each.

This comes on the heels of me having this wack meeting which I mentioned, and watching plenty of disheartening moments on last night’s BET Hip-Hop awards. Which leads me to my next post….

Pac was on to something…Say it ain’t so Jimmy…

I’m not even gonna put up an image for this one. But since we’re talking about Beef, and 2Pac has been brought up in the last few posts, how about something that involves both?

All I have to say is that Pac may not have been the Super-Paranoid trouble-Maker you made him out to be all these years.

I know people affiliated with Jimmy Henchmen‘s Czar entertainment label, so I can’t really say much about his dealings as a businessman. He is apart of the older regime of big moguls with big egos who were very visible in the industry circa the mid-90’s to early 2000’s. But what largely separates him from his peers is his true and well-acknowledged criminal background as a former violent felon. This holds weight in a game that prides itself on street-credibility and authenticity.

Not so good when you’re being implicated as being a government informant. There’s no need for me to go into a diatribe about the whole ‘snitches get stitches’ ethos that resonates throughout the urban Black community. Tho telling hasn’t been embraced by any culture that has it’s hands in the dirt, it just has been made such a spectacle out of in the Black world – particularly the rap world.

So you can imagine how any of this news that has begun to surface this month from federal reports naming Henchman (real name Jimmy Rosemond) as an informant is a stench that he would want removed from the air A.S.A.P. Unfortunately, this is one that sticks and lingers. It’s already the lowest of the low in hip-hop to be called a snitch. To be a former reputable street figure having his named breathed anywhere near the word is living death. Even from a grown-man perspective, Jimmy probably feels too damn old for this shit to be resurfacing, as he’s moved on in his endeavors and this isn’t the first time the label has been tagged to him.

Pac first called him out on it in Industry circles and then ultimately on his infamous classic “Against All Odds” hinting that his relationship to another so called snitch “Haitian” Jack Agnant, was along the lines of treachery.

This revelation and recent development has only added fuel to that old fire, leaving people to either take things in one of 2 directions; that Henchman and Jack were both informants and had something to do with Pac’s 1994 shooting and maybe death, or that their involvement indicates some deeper darker link with government and some conspiracy stuff that I don’t even want to get into.

Some noted folks in the urban music industry have come to Jimmy’s aide and defense in light of the news, but keep in mind that all of these people are associates of his and would naturally take his side. Check out who said what from this article on Newsone.com http://newsone.com/nation/newsonestaff2/music-industry-stars-deny-jimmy-henchmen-rosemond-snitch-allegation/

At the end of his song, Pac asked “what would you do, if you were me?”

Good Question.