On Saturday, Clubhouse was buzzing because of an ongoing financial dispute between entertainment marketer Karen Civil, rapper Joyner Lucas, comedian Jessie Wo, and countless others.
I’m not gonna break down the “he said,” “she said,” you can read the details here. But I will break down some interesting things I noticed.
Clubhouse’s big weekend. On Saturday, the main room with Karen and Joyner was maxed out at 8,000 capacity. There were several spillover rooms, livestreams on YouTube, and play-by-play commentary on other platforms. It had to be the biggest day on Clubhouse since Elon Musk’s interview in February.
But Elon Musk is one of the richest and most famous people in the world. Meanwhile, Karen Civil and Joyner Lucas are mostly known in entertainment and media circles. It’s a reminder of the power of Black culture, which was a key driver of content.
Clubhouse may have had a head start in drop-in audio, but its decline in usage and increasing competition are a challenge. The saving grace for Clubhouse is that many of its investors are influential cultural figures too. If those figures ever become the subject of drama, they can have the convo on the platform they invest in. But that’s a “stars aligned” scenario. Clubhouse may need more than that to recapture its pre-vaccine popularity.
The entertainment industry woes. Last December, Desus Nice shared an evergreen tweet that I wish they could mint as an NFT because it’s that good.
that first trial where they play audio from clubhouse as evidence is gonna be wild
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) December 29, 2020
In that Clubhouse room, folks were casually talking about things that frustrate many people about the music industry:
-artists illegally paying radio stations for radio play, (and wanting receipts for their payola)
-marketers hacking websites out of spite
-charging rappers $20,000 to meet Suge Knight
-music execs charging artists and doing no work at all
-artists paying someone $60,000 to “elevate their career”
These are all reminders of the nonsense that still goes on! But it’s also why I support so many hip-hop artists who have invested in better solutions. They lived through all this shit and want better for the next generation.
Certain people will always desire an easy way out. That will always be there. And unfortunately, grifters will always be there to take advantage. But no one wants to be told, “just keep pushing,” or good music will find the right people, but that’s the reality
For more on this Clubhouse room, read this article in Complex.