Ok, so I have listened to 187 Kendrick Lamar songs. That’s a lot. That means if I had purchased good kid, m.A.A.d city, I would have listened to the album 187 / 12 songs = 15.5 times through. In my opinion, this album qualifies as a masterpiece, but am I really paying Kendrick what he deserves? Quite frankly, the answer is no. This album has gotten me through morning cardio. It has been used to pump me up in the morning while driving to work. It tells a story like any great movie. It makes you think.
Although we don’t know how much Kendrick nets per stream, lets assume he earns near the high end for royalties, or $.007 per track. This means that from my 187 plays, the most Kendrick could have earned from me is $1.31.
I have listened to this album 15.5 times and I paid this guy with a McDonald’s cheeseburger. I owe it to you Kendrick. I’ll see you on tour and I’ll bring some friends.