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Kathy Iandoli

kathy iandoli has been slinging ink for a decade in places like VICE, Rolling Stone, The Source, VIBE, XXL, Village Voice, MSN Music, MTV, AOL Music, and many others. She is currently the Music Editor of and was previously the Alternatives Editor of
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10 New Rules of the Music Industry

If you're looking to embark on a career in the proverbial "game," this is a little blueprint to get you started. Here are 10 New Rules of the Music Industry.

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Once You Go Pop, Your Street Cred Drops

Describing their music and their own 'Buhloone Mindstate' on the 1993 album of the same name, De La Soul gave us the keep-it-real musical mantra “It might blow up, but it won’t go pop.” To the purist hip-hop community, the designation pop is an anathema. The assertion that an artist has compromised her or his artistic integrity and alienated their core audience in order to pander to a larger mainstream audience makes them the lowest of low -- a "sell out." But no one embarks on a career to stay broke, so what's an MC to do?

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