The greatest problem with A&R was the lack of reps who could relate to black culture. The advent of hip hop literally put the A&R phase out of business when many of the white people who were hired to train the black artists were literally scared of them (laugh).
Once upon a time, A&R were the sexiest letters in the music industry’s alphabet.
Executives in the artists-and -repertoire division of every major record label were charged with discovering and nurturing new acts, setting them on the path toward gold and platinum albums and Grammy Awards.
These high-powered talent brokers would spend their nights scouring nightclubs and street corners after days combing through stacks of homemade recordings in their quests for pop music’s next big thing.
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