Public Enemy Goes 'Open Source'?
Now THIS could be an answer to the so-called
file-sharing dilemma. Put the file-sharing public to
Public Enemy of "Fight the Power" fame is producing
their next CD with an "open source" twist. If you
wanna get involved, you better get hoppin'. After
September 14, 2001, your "big opportunity" is gone.
Each week, download a newly recorded a cappella vocal
track from Public Enemy. Produce some music tracks
around the vocals and upload your unique version back
to them. Winners get $1,000 per song plus an album
credit. How 'bout that?
They're stressing innovation and quality. Go Techno or
even Country if it works.
This collection will fall under Public Enemy's own
record label SlamJamz.com, as they move aggressively
to retain more creative and marketing control of their
products. PE is also partnering with House of Blues
Digital for a DVD of Public Enemy live in concert.
Both products are scheduled for release this year.
Chuck D of Public Enemy is notorious for his
"pro-Napster/anti-major label" views. In 1999, they
released an MP3 version of their CD "There's A Poison
Goin' On," before the release of the actual CD. This
ruffled the fathers of many traditional retail outlets
who initially responded by refusing to carry PE's CD
in their stores.
For details on the contest, go to SlamJamz.com.