The record business is just that... a business. It’s not as glamorous as the media would have you believe. Many young artists find themselves on the wrong end of bad contracts, beefing and feuding with peers, and on the road for months at a time. Our cast offers us insight about the reality of the music industry and how the new trend is to find ways around the old conventions. As part of Complex’s Get Money initiative, the eight-part series Rules to This Sh*t covers the trials and tribulations of embarking on a rap career, with words of wisdom from Common, N.O.R.E., Too Short, the late Nipsey Hussle, and more.
In the first episode of Rules to This Sh*t, some of the most important voices in hip-hop discuss a number of the biggest issues with the record industry. Included in the episode—titled “Cash Rules”—is the likes of Bad Boy producer LV, who admitted he “screamed” at Diddy over his record contract once, and Too Short, who explained how he received only 15 percent of the money earned from his music in the past.