Why Albums Used To Matter

So, two dudes who I really respect when it comes to this music and how it operates on a grand scale, are Mr. Jay Smooth, and Mr. Russell Redenbacher.

Both have recently spoke on the topic of albums and how that excitement of a release date is slowly fading, if not already gone forever. (“Tuesday’s used to matter, now the only thing that happens is, you, you and you sayin “shit i been had that”, “shit i been heard that” © Wale, Conclusion)

Watch Jay’s video if you have eyeballs, otherwise I expect no excuses. (And I realize I contribute to what Jay speaks of, but I’m simply a product of my generation!)

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Blockbuster “if you liked that, you’ll like this” alert. Go read Rusty’s blog (with special guest Jack Black) on this same topic


4 Responses to “Why Albums Used To Matter”

  1. 1 djkinetik 06/13/2008 at 12:02 pm

    See this whole debate makes me wonder if its going to turn into an industry of just singles and will you even need to make an album anymore. Like when Hov said he wasn’t gonna let iTunes release American Gangster as single songs…as a vinyl collector I got some joints that you GOTTA PLAY the whole joint, hell some songs even were mixed together with no gap. I think its a microcosm of people nowadays; they want the smallest unit that’ll deliver…if they can get drunk off the shot, why they wanna buy the bottle?

  2. 2 Travis 06/13/2008 at 2:27 pm

    Back from the dead (or rather, the white noise caused by a “dial-up” connection at my crib and ridiculous firewalls at the office)…

    The two most important albums of my undergraduate career were: N.E.R.D. “in search of” and Coldplay “parachutes”… In those four years, these albums were dissected more than Barack and Michelle’s pound and they remain two of my all-timers because of the music and because of the struggle to understand “who was who and what was what”.

    Singles are like one-night stands – highly anticipated, usually underwhelming and more often than not, regrettable.

  3. 3 CHL 06/13/2008 at 7:19 pm

    “Singles are like one-night stands – highly anticipated, usually underwhelming and more often than not, regrettable.”

    As accurate a statement as I’ve ever heard.

  4. 4 Vincent 07/03/2008 at 5:36 am

    Yeah, the anticipation is gone. Unfortunately, the internet kind of helped with killing it. Pre-computer/internet Tuesdays and Saturdays at the record store used to be my favorite days of the week. Scrounging around for records and tapes that weren’t in anyone’s rotation or were on sale for low, low prices was everything. Not to mention that you actually bumped into quite a few beauitful women who were also into hip-hop. Those were the days…


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