We asked a question, and we got answers.
Last week, we posted a series of music related questions on our Instagram. As expected, we received a number of strong responses.
Our first question yielded the most controversy, with several keyboard brawls breaking out in the comment section. Stuck debating the morality of selling a SoundCloud repost, we facilitated some solid conversation on a hot topic that always has valid arguments on both sides of the issue.
In general, the side in favor of selling reposts argued that it’s no different than buying an advertisement; and if an artist has a platform that is eligible for self-monetization, they should just do their thing.
On the flipside, the voices of angry SoundCloud users was equally loud; criticizing the practice by pointing out the clutter it adds to a SoundCloud feed. Additionally, the morals of selling a paid advertisement without proper awareness to the audience also came into the discussion.
Here are some of our favorite responses (excuse any grammar errors, these are ‘direct’ quotes)…
What are your thoughts on rappers selling SoundCloud reposts?
@sharinngod: It kinda seems like people aren’t caring for others art for the sake of art but rather to just make a quick buck. But it makes sense as a kind of sponsorship kind of deal. An artist is paying another artist with a larger platform for marketing their music. It’s no different than actual sponsorships or advertisements
@igobybranden: It’s smart asf and it lets smaller artists get the exposure that they need to grow
@fenris_fiend: Nothing wrong with it. They just tryna make a little extra money and help someone get attention
@youngboipluto: Its how i found 6 dogs so im cool wit it
@bobbyjohnsonbts: For 20 bucks my feed gets cluttered
@fnotethevisionary: It makes sense. They worked hard for there followers, who would give it away for free? Especially to someone with like 29 followers
@austooong: Good hustle but ruined everyone’s stream
@ciscoton: Its puts a price on support and opinions while also lowering the value of the repost. if we know the spot was paid for we become less inclined to chase our curiosity and listen with an objective ear
@the_salerno_strangler: Just like putting your ad on the radio. So much shitty music out there, I’d rather spend the minutes listening to someone who threw some $ down on a repost. At least that way the chances of finding someone who’s LITERAL shit are lower since broke bois usually never got the $ for reposts nor music quality.
@ervinmitchell: Soundcloud reposts used to make sense but now the algorithm all messed up so it’s harder to get views. Good idea though! Using your platform to help someone else who may be dope but not have the exposure