posted on May, 31 2012 @ 12:59 PM
Very interesting article talking about the music industry, the change to a more aggressive rap music style and those that benefited...
"The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation"
After more than 20 years, I've finally decided to tell the world what I witnessed in 1991, which I believe was one of the biggest turning point in
popular music, and ultimately American society. I have struggled for a long time weighing the pros and cons of making this story public as I was
reluctant to implicate the individuals who were present that day. So I've simply decided to leave out names and all the details that may risk my
personal well being and that of those who were, like me, dragged into something they weren't ready for.
Between the late 80's and early 90’s, I was what you may call a “decision maker” with one of the more established company in the music
industry. I came from Europe in the early 80’s and quickly established myself in the business. The industry was different back then. Since
technology and media weren’t accessible to people like they are today, the industry had more control over the public and had the means to influence
them anyway it wanted. This may explain why in early 1991, I was invited to attend a closed door meeting with a small group of music business insiders
to discuss rap music’s new direction. Little did I know that we would be asked to participate in one of the most unethical and destructive business
practice I’ve ever seen.
The meeting was held at a private residence on the outskirts of Los Angeles. I remember about 25 to 30 people being there, most of them familiar
faces. Speaking to those I knew, we joked about the theme of the meeting as many of us did not care for rap music and failed to see the purpose of
being invited to a private gathering to discuss its future. Among the attendees was a small group of unfamiliar faces who stayed to themselves and
made no attempt to socialize beyond their circle. Based on their behavior and formal appearances, they didn't seem to be in our industry. Our casual
chatter was interrupted when we were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement preventing us from publicly discussing the information presented during
the meeting. Needless to say, this intrigued and in some cases disturbed many of us. The agreement was only a page long but very clear on the matter
and consequences which stated that violating the terms would result in job termination. We asked several people what this meeting was about and the
reason for such secrecy but couldn't find anyone who had answers for us. A few people refused to sign and walked out. No one stopped them. I was
tempted to follow but curiosity got the best of me. A man who was part of the “unfamiliar” group collected the agreements from us.