Issa Rae Says the Music Business Is Riddled With ‘Crooks and Criminals’

by Shine My Crown Staff
Photograph by Merie Wallace/HBO

The final of Issa Rae’s “Insecure” premiered on Sunday, and while her fans are still celebrating (and mourning) the season finale, Rae sat down for an interview with the Los Angeles Times, where she expressed her revulsion with the state of the music industry.

The show’s playlist is just as popular as the show itself. Rae used the show to showcase independent artists.

“That was one of the mandates — L.A. artists, independent artists. Kier [Lierman] has put me on to so many new artists that I felt get the sound of the show. And then, of course, I do my own digging for people that I love. As a music lover, nothing excites me more than feeling like you’re on to an artist first.”

Rae says she thought Hollywood had its issues… but the music industry is cutthroat.

When asked if the music industry is a good place for ideas to flourish replied, “Absolutely not. It’s probably the worst industry that I have ever come across. I thought Hollywood was crazy. The music industry, it needs to start over. Conflicts of interest abound. Archaic mentalities. Crooks and criminals! It’s an abusive industry, and I really feel for artists that have to come up in it.”

Rae appears to have taken on the challenge to help evolve the music industry.

“It was kind of shocking. I don’t want to get too specific, but even in crafting our own deals [for soundtracks] with labels or artists, it would be so convoluted,” she continued. “And finding out how artists were treated at other labels… Being a creator myself and knowing what I want in terms of a relationship with a production company or a producer, I’d like to think that we’re more artist-friendly than a lot of other labels and companies out there. I want to revamp things.”

Continue reading the full article over at the LA Times.

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