Elaquent, as you would hope, responded in kind.
Without ppl like me, “fans” would have nothing to listen to. Work a 9-5 job for free and tell me that. I have a right to ask that my music doesn’t get pirated. If I wanted ppl t have it for free, I would’ve given it up for free. I’m glad u like(d) my music, but if me not wanting my hardwork stolen makes you not like me anymore, I don’t know what to tell you homie. – Elaquent
This “fans” person then went on to say he/she is still a fan of Elaquent’s music but doesn’t like him as an artist, whatever the hell that means. They continued to go back and forth for a bit with Elaquent pretty much winning the discussion by pointing out the inherent flaws in “fans”‘ argument.
And that’s when the aforementioned shitstorm happened:
was a big fan of elaquent…my opinion has changed now though… brought some of his work after downloading it as i would not had heard of him before a blog put it up but…..will never buy anything from him ever again due to his attitude , plus his backward stance to downloading doesn’t help. – Styles
Hip-Hop’s built on others “intellectual property” do you think every dj pays for & clears samples before using them. your logic is flawed – Truth
Then this dude Shnocken put in his two cents as a former (?) DJ/artist:
I’ve been buying Vinyl since the 80′s my collection is huge to say the least. I have traktor and it’s “OK”. I have downloaded a lot from this site and checked out stuff but If I really liked something and it was available on vinyl then I would get it as it’s a no brainer. Now without sites like this I wouldn’t have even been put onto artists like EL, shit I hadn’t even heard of you dude and that’s not cos I’m some noob.
I know some pretty famous people who hadn’t have heard of you either and now they do and have brought your shit cos of me raving about it. Like I said before the door swings both ways and you need to be doing this for the love and you should now that making money is a bonus, it always has been for me and countless hard working and dedicated artists like you.
When i was more active in the scene people bootlegged our shit too but the last thing I did was kick off on a blog site that is really just promoting your thing. Yes people will get your music for free but you need to understand that this is really great promotion that you just can’t buy!
Anyway just my take on the whole thing, I’m a big fan of your work EL so please keep on keepin on – Shnocken
Fair enough, sir, but as Elaquent points out repeatedly, bootlegging doesn’t really need to exist on this level these days when artists like Elaquent host their music on Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Music sites, like Potholes, can continue to share music easily, freely, and legally (!) without putting up download links. That’s just the truth.
Anyway, the debate continue to go on before Elaquent decided to put in a final word:
Here’s the bottom line, cuz frankly, I’m tired of arguing with everybody back and forth.
#1. I appreciate any and everybody who likes my music. I really do. I am especially grateful to anybody that bought it, digitally or physically. Regardless of how many of you guys are going to suddenly turn on me like a couple of you have…that past support does mean a lot to me.
#2. If any of you guys refuse to support me in the future, because I don’t like the idea of a blog giving away my music…music that I spent MY OWN MONEY to put together, mix, pay for features, manufacture vinyl, etc….music that is already readily available for your streaming pleasure…then that’s on you. Thanks for once being a fan.
#3. I understand how blogs work, and I know people discover me for the first time through blogs like this one. There are also plenty of blogs that do not post unauthorized links.
#4. You guys can’t honestly think that every person who bootlegs ends up buying the album. I’m sure some do, as a few of you have claimed, so I’ll take your word for it, but I think you all know more people will just rip it, than those who buy it.
#5. Frankly, it’s kind of saddening to me that a lot of you guys are so offended by a simple request to not post bootleg links. I work really hard on my craft to make something you guys can enjoy. Sucks that a lot of you guys seem to take a musician’s craft for granted. For the people who understand where I’m comin from, shouts out to you.
Well said, sir. That pretty sums up exactly how I feel about all of this. I would break it all down myself with some additional thoughts and all but dude did an excellent job of making it clear how situations like this can truly hurt an artist. And as he wrote, it’s pretty depressing to see that some people were so put off by his request to remove a link of illegal content. I just … I can’t figure that one out.
Anyway, the only reason I found out about all of this is because someone commenting at Rappamelo happened to link to our post on a study that people who illegally download music end up purchasing more music than those who do not engage in file-sharing.
Click page 3 below to read thoughts from producer Mecca:83 on the situation.