Over the next few days, music news will be filled with a lot of repetitive, and somewhat irrelevant updates from Austin as the world converges on SXSW. But, at least this first tale about Vince Staples putting Spotify on blast on their own event is amusing enough.
According to Austin 360, the Long Beach native started off his set by addressing the racial make-up of the audience. “I know you’re all at SXSW like, ‘Let’s watch the black people rap,’” he said to the crowd. They cheered at the remarks, to which the rapper replied, “It’s almost like a real show.” Later in his performance, he set his sights on to the event’s sponsor.
But the biggest shots he took were at Spotify itself. “Shout out to Spotify. Thank you for giving me this check to make up for what you’ve done to me and all my musical friends,” he said, lambasting the streaming service that he said pays him a quarter of a penny for each song streamed.
Later he told fans to check the roster of artists who had played and make sure to “listen to your favorite album 1000, 2000 times so everybody can get an album sale.”
*Cues Funk Flex bombs*
Hey, it’s not like he’s the first artist to ever complain about the streaming service’s low payouts. Staples may just be one of the firsts to do so while working an event sponsored Spotify.