According to a story over on VIBE‘s website, legendary rap crew Public Enemy is asking fans to fund their next album. The group has partnered with a website called SellaBand that will help them connect with fans who are willing to pay at least $25 towards the $250,000 they need to make a new album. I just checked PE’s page today (October 7) and they have already brought in 5 percent of their total goal after only about 24 hours.
It’s an interesting concept. We complain about the crap that’s on the radio all the time and sip wine in cute downtown Brooklyn condos as we bemoan how evil record execs are and how we really just want good music. Well, would you put your money where your mouth is? A lot of us show support by buying legal downloads and going to concerts, but would you fund studio time? For me, it would definitely depend on the artist and the circumstances. How about you? Under any circumstances, would you help fund the making of an artist’s album in this way?