For decades, now 40-year-old Sebastien Elkouby has worked as a talent scout, publicist, journalist, and promoter who tried to shine a light on hip-hop with substance. As 2013 starts to pick up speed, Sebastien has come to the realization that he's had enough. In his open retirement letter he offers insight into his perspective of an industry that he's no longer happy with. Even if you don't agree with him, it's a fascinating point of view from someone who has spent years trying to balance out good intentions with a sustainable career in a sometimes greedy and complicated industry.
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