This Week in Hype: The Major Labels’ Broken Financial System, Trinidad James & More


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I'd apologize for the lack of "This Week in Hype" podcasts lately, I'd make some excuse about how I've been moving to a new city and life's just crazy right now, but y'all have actual jobs that are infinitely easier than talking about hip-hop into a computer and I need to stop crying and start podcasting. I agree, let's do it...

This week, the end of the Trinidad James era at Def Jam sparks a mini-rant about the broken major label financial model, chasing bad money with bad money and whatever else happens to pop into my increasingly fried brain. Don't call it a comeback!

Discussed This Week

* As always, shouts to Tino for that dope theme song. You should follow Tino and hear Tino’s story in full on the podcast.
* I kind of apologize profusely for my absence, and try to make up for it by giving away from free shit.
* Trinidad James got dropped Def Jam because Def Jam shouldn't have signed him in the first place
* More specifically, I get into how the major labels are financially in too deep to fix themselves, my role in "So Dope" and more. 
* This week's closing track, Kembe X's super dope "As I Unfold". 
* Oh, and after much demand, the podcast is back on iTunes. You talk, I listen (if I feel like it). 

[Nathan S. is the managing editor of The DJBooth and a hip-hop writer. He also occasionally talks in podcast form and appears on RevoltTV. His beard is awesome. This is his Twitter.]

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Written by on 08/8/14

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