I understand but you missed the point of what I was saying. My point was that the artist doesn’t have a product without production value. Singers, actors, and to a great degree, even sports stars, wouldn’t be stars without the industries’ they perform in.

Would the world (at large) know anything about Dave Chappelle if he wasn’t on TV? You can answer that by naming any famous person that has never once appeared on television. You can’t… because that’s what makes famous people famous.

Media distributors (Viacom, Universal (Sony), Warners, etc.) are the medium in which people display the content they produce. Not only that, but they also provide the means to make that content look interesting to a wide range of consumers. I’m not saying it’s fair, I’m only saying that it exists.

Chappelle himself stated that he wasn’t aware how the industry works at the time given his age, which is understandable, but this doesn’t change the fact that is how it works. He even admitted that technically, what CC is doing is perfectly legal. If stated plainly, the industry’s mantra is,

“Sell me your soul, and I’ll make you a star…”

The choice to sell your soul, and for how much, is entirely on you. But once the sale is made, buyer’s remorse won’t get you too far. I’m in no way disparaging Chappelle. Like I said, he deserves to be paid for his work.

But the question remains: How much is that?

Slowly gaining dexterity in my opposable thumbs.

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