I see myself as a music junkie. For years now I’ve taken a lot of pride in that. I even see myself as a music connoisseur of sorts. Hip-Hop & R&B music of course, but generally speaking I’ll say urban music in general because these days they consist of a lot of different sounds. I’m so much of a music junkie that I have a policy when listening to music of genres that I’m not familiar with. My policy is that I’ll give it at least one good, honest, and unbiased listen. If it’s good, I’ll rock with it, if not, to the trash it goes. We as individuals, especially of the urban community, we have to support our people and actually purchase music we deem to be good. So I’ve broken down my thought process on this into a few key points.
If you like it cop it… I mean why not? You plan to give it more than a few spins. You like the music, or the artist, or who the artist is affiliated with. There’s obviously something about the music that’s drawing you to it. Spend the money and buy it. You don’t go to a store, see some clothes you like and steal it; you buy it. Now think of the amount of money you spend on clothes you don’t even wear for long periods of time. Clothes that you might wear once and forget about. They cost way more than the amount of money you’ll spend on a good song or album.
Support good music… Now I know this is subjective, but the point remains the same. You like the music, so it’s obviously good to you. Why sell yourself short, and go through the pains of looking for a link when you can just hop to the app in your phone and purchase it. If you’re stuck in the old age and your phone doesn't have those features, walk into a store and buy a hard copy. It’s all the same. Computers have these same features by the way.
I used to be that guy… Trust me I’m no stranger to downloading music for free. I used to be a pro at it with over 15k+ songs on my computer and only about 200 of them were actually purchased. However, I’ve seen the light and changed my ways (for the most part). I’m aware that some Artists will put the music out for free by themselves. If that’s the case then by all means get it for free, but if it’s music that’s meant to be purchased, buy it.
I’m no longer that guy… Like I said, I’ve seen the light and I’ve changed my ways (once again for the most part). I purchase music now. I’ve also noticed that the listening experience is better. For one I don’t waste quality time looking for links and things of that nature. On top of that, when I purchase the music I know that I have spent my hard earned money. So I make sure I get my money’s worth out of what I just bought. I synchronize all my devices so they all have the music. Trust me it makes for a better listening experience.
I’m happy I’m no longer that guy… It just makes sense at this point in my life to not be that guy. I equate not buying good music (emphasis on good music) to the guy that has the polo shirt, true religion jeans, gucci shoes, and gucci belt, but is haggling with the door girl at the club about $20 to get in,...c’mon son! Conversely, how can you be perennial bottle popper in the club, buy shoes worth hundreds maybe thousands of dollars (you only wear them every 3rd sunday anyway), driving the flyest cars, but can’t play the simple $10 (approximately of course) to buy the album of an artist you like. Simple point is, think about all the frivolous spending you do (you can even narrow it down to just the money you spend on entertainment), I’m willing to bet that it would be way more than what you have to pay for the music you’ll be buying.
Besides all the reasons I’ve outlined above, IT’S JUST THE RIGHT THING TO DO.