I think Madlib could serve as a counterpoint since there’s almost no marketing associated with his music. He’s a highly creative musician who focuses on making music, nothing really else, and let’s his output speak for itself. Pretty sure Kanye takes notes from the guy and I bet his music will have a long lasting impact and get more revered as time marches on.
This kind of marketing may lead to immediate album sales but I wonder what it’s affects are on legacy?
Got into the album when I first got my license at around 15, cause that’s when I finally was able to buy cassettes and CD’s that would not be played in the house and didn’t need my parents inspection (They ran a TIGHT ship). Combining the new-found freedom of driving with this album was a perfect match. And I think I got into my first accident while JAMMING to Freedom super hard and not paying attention to the road.
But I also like to think that it is the perfect going-through-puberty soundtrack… the energy and messaging just carried me right through that time in my life….