Noisey, Vice’s music blog, sent a writer to South by Southwest 2016 to cover the music festival. But his most poignant article talks about the aftermath of SXSW: the tossed-aside CDs.
The writer describes the tragic post-festival streets:
“Artists who had come to the city with the hope of finally catching their big break were quite literally ending up in the festival’s garbage pile. As I strolled down Sixth Street in the late night hours after the end of the festival, I noticed hundreds of CDs, once so hopefully handed out, tossed to the ground to be carelessly and indiscriminately stepped on. The same people who had come to SXSW to discover new music were now walking over it on their way home from watching an invite-only Drake concert.”
Handing out CDs feels like it’s going against the Spotify world we live in, but not everyone included CDs with their promotional materials, the writer said.
He then proceeded to collect CDs still in working condition and reviewed them to “rectify this wrong.”
Among the CDs and artists he reviewed (plus a song per artist):
Rip Tha Rula
Moneybagg Yo, “Federal Reloaded”
OG Beno, “I Stopped Trappin”
To read his reviews in their entirety, click over to Noisey and ready your headphones.