NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25:  (EDITORS NOTE: This image was shot in black and white) Flying Lotus attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

Flying Lotus Fires Back at Rappers who Exploit Producers

LA producer Flying Lotus has today expressed one of the many frustrations that modern producers face each day, commenting on the way that some are heavily exploited for their work, singling out rappers in particular. He took aim in particular at the relationship between Future and Metro Boomin, even going as far as saying “rap artists are rape artists.”

Though the ‘rape’ comparison is obviously going too far, he does make some very fair points. This kind of discussion isn’t exactly a new one; Hudson Mohawke made similar comments about Drake and Kanye only a few months ago. While at the moment it’s difficult to properly approach this particular conversation with little to no context, we can appreciate that FlyLo is right about one thing: rappers receive significantly more credit for tracks than their producers do.

What these remarks from Flying Lotus and his contemporaries do succeed in doing is to help spark the debate on whether this imbalance has more to do with the audience’s approach to listening to a song, or if rappers failing to give the proper credit is to blame. There are cases for both sides of that argument. Hearing a rapper’s voice on a track no doubt triggers the idea that it is their song in the mind of an audience, particularly casual fans who aren’t as savvy with what really g0es into the making of these songs.

At the same time, perhaps these casual fans aren’t as savvy because rappers don’t list production credits the same way that they do vocal features. Instead of the traditionally seen tracklisting format of “Wicked Future”, it could draw more attention to the work of the producer to format it as “Wicked – Future ft. DJ Esco & Metro Boomin”, or even “Wicked – Future prod. DJ Esco & Metro Boomin” as we see on many smaller mixtapes.

Either way, it’s a conversation that will no doubt evolve as more artists follow Flying Lotus’ lead and voice their own opinions on the issue.

Read our own experiences with not being credited appropriately.

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