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Say What! — Busta Rhymes Announces Plan to Save the Music Industry + More

Busta Rhymes told Billboard that his next album is going to save the dying music business. “I called the album ‘The Chemo‘ because it seems like the industry and music overall is dying slowly,” Busta said. “The cancer that’s stricken the business is killing the music, not only from a business standpoint, but also the value of the content and the creativity behind it. I just want to start the first stage of chemotherapy treatment that needs to take place and hopefully inspire others to do their part and contribute to different stages of the cure.” Yep, all the industry needs is a few more albums with creative titles like ‘The Chemo’ and it’ll be back on its feet in no time. Thank god for Busta, right? [Billboard]

Cash Money‘s Birdman told MTV that, while Drake is family, he also has his own thing going on. Or something. “Me and my son been working 20 years, literally. Working with Drake brings a different spark,” Birdman said, explaining the difference between Drake and his “son” Lil Wayne. “[Drake's] got a different spark. He’s him. He brings him to what we do. It’s a different look. It brings something else to it. What I love about him is he does his own thing. He has his own thing with our thing and it makes it bigger.” Glad his thing makes your thing bigger, Birdman. [MTV]

This isn’t super hip hop, but we feel the need to point it out nonetheless. America’s new soft music favorite Owl City (who wants to get “a thousand hugs/from ten thousand lightning bugs“…yes that’s a real lyric) has widely been accused of being a major label’s attempt at replicating the indie success of Postal Service‘s acclaimed 2003 album ‘Give Up,’ by simply biting the group’s entire sound. When asked about their obvious similarities by the New York Times, the Owl City dude said “They released a record in 2003, and that was it…There was really nothing to compare it to until some one else came along and wrote the next chapter. Maybe that’s this record. Maybe that’s this band.” So it’s basically like…if a band makes a hit record with a signature sound, and they don’t record a followup for a while, then it’s totally cool to steal their sound COMPLETELY. Totally cool, bro. Totally. [NYT]

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