Why would your own record label hinder you? Answers on a postcard.
— Professor Green (@professorgreen) August 7, 2012
Both albums bear an eclectic string of collaborations with the likes of Lily Allen, Fink, Maverick Sabre, Example, Labrinth and Scottish star Emeli Sande; who featured on the latter project’s lead single, “Read All About It,” scoring the emcee his first number one in October.
However, following the success of “Read All About It,” Green evidently feels his label dropped the ball.
“I just can’t help but question why some people have jobs. All I do is work, so I get extremely pissed off when people don’t do theirs,” he comments on Twitter (Aug 7).
“How would you feel if a company taking 25% of your earnings weren’t doing their jobs properly? Would you pay someone not doing their job?
“Here’s the real, if you’re ready. A live gig = 10% to agent, costs and expenses, 20% management commission then 25% to a label who hardly even come to gigs let alone help.”
He adds, “That’s the industry, which actually didn’t seem that bad when just getting simple things done wasn’t a blood from a stone scenario. If everyone at EMI is quaking in their shoes about their jobs because of the Universal situ, why not do your jobs properly? Simple solution?”
“A lot of artists feel the same but we all just bend over… Fuck that,” he evaluates.
“You can’t chat to me about work, I used to pay my band with money I made from club PA’s because I wanted to put on a proper show.
“Just to reiterate something for the stupid, my problem isn’t that they take that money, it’s that there are people not working for it. It is a liberty but piracy forever changed the industry so it’s adapting… We need labels, labels need artists. We all need to do our JOBS!
“There are a lot of people who are amazing at their jobs @ EMI and even more frustrating, is the shit they have to endure for having an artist’s best interests at heart.”
These aren’t alien complaints to the ears of artists and musicians – or frankly anyone who works with major labels in the current digital age – and Green is the latest of several to speak on it [albeit often said in the heat of the moment and followed by retractions and/or apologies; I'm looking at you 50 Cent].
Will venting about it publicly force the labels into dialogue, to acknowledge their shortcomings in adapting to the digital world? Time will tell. The battle continues…