Production Duo Best Kept Secret takes us inside their D.C. basement production facility. They cover inspiration, the creation of a track, and their views on the current state of production.
Their story, while inspiring, does have some rather disturbing elements with one member stating, "I make music because for one I have a passion for it and for two… I’m broke. I need to get my family in a better position." He also goes on to add, "The music business is definitely not the same anymore, but I still think that there is plenty of money left there for me to come get."
Sadly this is exactly the cause of the biggest issues in hip-hop and urban music in general. Far too often artists are primarily motivated by dollar signs and grandiose dreams of false stardom. We all love music, however, if financial stability is the main concern, there far better paths to take with a much higher likelihood of producing truckloads of money.
Do I even need to mention the negative effects that commercially minded releases have on music? Lest we forget that it’s attitudes such have this that are responsible the empty-hearted, gimmicky use of Auto-Tune that has come to dominate production and radio playlists.
Please leave the art to artists and commerce to the MBA’s. Make music with the sober knowledge that the only payment you’re likely to receive is the joy itself of making something totally creative and unique.