Lupe talked about Online Piracy and how it affects artists when their tracks get leaked with The BoomBox. Here are some excerpts:
"People are trapped in the culture where music needs to be free and you don't need to pay for it," he told The BoomBox. "I was just at Princeton, speaking at Cornel West's class, and someone asked that. They asked about the relationship between blogs and artists. I told them, at a bare minimum it costs me, literally out of my own pocket, it costs me $3,000 to $4,000 to make a song. It costs me about $700 to $800 to make a freestyle. I'm giving you that."
The Chi-town MC went on to discuss the difference between the tracks he dishes out compared to those bloggers take from him, unjustly."Just imagine if I work with The Neptunes, including studio time and everything that goes into it -- flying people around -- it gets up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars to make a song like 'I'm Beamin' or 'I Gotcha.'So to kinda see it on the Internet and, for some instances, for sale, who are you to have the right to tell me that I shouldn't demand payment or feel a certain way for seeing people put my music out there like that. If I chose to do that, that's one thing. But I didn't choose to do that. That music was stolen."
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