To listen to Donda 2, Kanye West fans had to buy a $200 STEM player, but Charlamagne Tha God thinks the decision was bad business.
“It’s smart if you selling tech, it’s not smart if you selling music,” he said on his Brilliant Idiots podcast with Andrew Schulz. “If I’m an artist I don’t know why I would be celebrating that, it’s not like they paid $200 for music, they paid $200 for a Stem Player. How does this revolutionize the music industry? ‘Cause you even gotta be a certain caliber of artist to make somebody buy something for $200.”
He continued: “There’s a few artists that can do that. Kanye’s one of them, Drake’s one of them. Rihanna. The Adeles. Even if I like the music, I still wanna know what that something is that I’m buying. What happens to other artists?”
“Today artists get just 12% of the money the industry makes”, Ye wrote on Instagram when announcing the STEM player. “It’s time to free music from this oppressive system. It’s time to take control and build our own”.
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