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Vince Staples Accuses Record Labels Of Exploiting Dead Rappers

Rapper Vince Staples has accused record labels of exploiting and making money from dead rappers.

"When you hear N.O.R.E. and all those other people talk about the role that their A&R's and executives had in their life, moving them out and doing certain things for them, like when Snoop talks about Master P moving him out to New Orleans. I don't think anyone's doing that anymore. I think they see the money in the violence. Back then, the violence ruined the money," he said.

The rapper continued: "It's money in it and they gonna keep selling it and we gonna keep perpetuating it and we gon' be hurt when somebody dies," Staples continued just shy of 51 minutes in. "I don't necessarily know if they care. If they did, man the album ready in four weeks once you die. You get more press on the album after you die.

"When it comes to these systems, they look at you like, 'Oh, you're dead, now we got something to move with.' To the people that's running music, just treat these people with humanity. You're worth something before you die."