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DJ Akademiks Explains How Labels Work & Why Artists Don’t Get Paid

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Meek Mill recently put out a message on social media about how the music industry doesn’t pay out to artists their worth and it was co-signed by the likes of Keyshia Cole and Tyrese. is putting his label on blast.

The Philadelphia hip hop artist recently dropped his Expensive Pain album, but he showed issues with his record label claiming he hasn’t received money from his music and is looking to take legal action. In subsequent tweets, he questioned the label’s accounting. “ask the record label? how much have you spent on me as a artist? then you ask how much have you made off me as a artist?”


“i haven’t get paid from music and i don’t know how much money labels make off me!!!!! i need lawyers asap!!!” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

Earlier this year, there were reports that Meek Mill had become frustrated with his Maybach Music contract and wanted out. He also reportedly denied his MMG boss Rick Ross entry to his section while celebrating his birthday at Miami’s LIV nightclub in May.

“Allegedly, they’re beefing with the other ni**a because they’re tryna get off the label,” claimed DJ Akademiks. “I hear they want off the label. This has been an ongoing conversation. The ni**a who they’re signed to showed up to their party, they were not happy. And when that person showed up, there was issues.”

Meanwhile, fans in the comments couldn’t help but comment by bringing up the viral ‘dinner with Jay-Z or $500K debate.’ “Someone who has had dinner with Jay-Z,” one fan tweeted, linking the post of Meek Mill complaining about not getting paid for his music.

DJ Akademiks breaks down how the record labels spend money on artists and why some artists don’t get paid. It’s an extensive discussion that can be seen in the video below.