Chris Rock On Music (Or Why The Writer’s Strike Is Important Or Institutional Collapse Part 24347)


Chris Rock: Music kind of sucks.  Nobody’s into being a musician.  Everybody’s getting their mogul on.  You’ve been so infiltrated by this corporate mentality that all the time you’d spend getting great songs together, you’re busy doing nine other things that have nothing to do with art.  You know how shitty Stevie Wonder’s songs would have been if he had to run a fuckin’ clothing company and a cologne line?

RollingStone: Plenty of rappers say, “I’m not a rapper, I’m a businessman.”

Chris Rock: That’s why rap sucks, for the most part.  Not all rap, but as an art form it’s just not at its best moment.  Sammy the Bull would have made a shitty album.  And I don’t really have a desire to hear Warren Buffett’s album – or the new CD by Paul Allen.  That’s what everybody’s aspiring to be.

We live in a weird time.  No one knows who’s smart – we just know who makes money.  “Hey, somebody invented Viagra!  We don’t know their name, but we know Pfizer, because they make the money.”  That guy made a pill that keeps your dick hard, and nobody knows who the fuck he is.  The pharmaceutical companies are like fuckin’ record companies.  There’s literally the Bo Diddley of medicine walking around, not getting his royalties.  He signed all his fucking pill publishing away.

(“Rolling Stone”, Issue 1039, November 15, 2007, page 157)

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8 Comments on “Chris Rock On Music (Or Why The Writer’s Strike Is Important Or Institutional Collapse Part 24347)”

  1. tradermike Says:

    Chris Rock lives at “the core” too! 🙂

  2. For real, for real.

    I think what Chris Rock is pointing out is actually a good thing for the art form.

    Because when the sponsorship/tie-in/mogul hustle goes south along with artists credibility we’ll start placing more value on those aspiring to be inspiring.

  3. Brian Clark Says:

    Personally, I’m moving away from the mogul thing and more towards the artist.

    It’s the artists who will make the most difference in this century.

  4. i don’t think that he can make music sorry Chris Rock

  5. mania Says:

    thanks ,but i think very nice

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  7. just the mere look of Chris Rock would give you laughs already *

  8. Bed Guard Says:

    oh well, chris rock is damn funny. i like his corny jokes and stuffs ~`*

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