Santigold Calls Streaming 'F---ed Up,' Says She Might Work With Dave Chappelle

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Santigold performs during DKNY Celebrates Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osbourne's Debut DKNY Collection at Irving Plaza on Sept. 16, 2015 in New York City.

Back on Nov. 5, Santigold announced her new studio album, titled 99¢

“Everything is a product at this point -- including people and relationships,” the artist named Santi White told Zane Lowe recently. “Everything is about marketing products… Everything is undervalued… so I thought 99¢ was a good price for me, my life, and all my hard work.”

That commentary found its way into a recent interview with Pitchfork, where White spoke her mind about streaming. 

“I think there should be better deals, honestly, and I think that there should be better deals cut where the artist actually gets some money from that,” she said. “The labels had to figure out what to do also, because when records stopped selling, they were sinking as well. But then they did these deals that cut the artist out.”

She revealed that she actually makes most of her money from licensing and touring. 

“That's how I make a living, especially since people are not buying music anymore. They're streaming, they're doing Spotify, which I don't make any money from, hardly.” 

For instance, White’s last song before dropping “Can’t Get Enough of Myself” was an original called “Radio,” written exclusively for the Paper Towns soundtrack

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She’s acted in The Office before, and she’s actually hoping to act more in the future. In the Pitchfork interview, she revealed she recently had dinner with Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, and spoke to the former about “trying to do something together in the future.”

It’s tough for musicians to get fair compensation these days, but if it inspires you to look outside the box, and you wind up working with Dave, you’ve definitely stayed winning. 

And if you’re considering supporting Santigold by more old-fashioned means, that album drops Jan. 22 on Atlantic. 


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