Hell no, it’s not!, says Express contributor Eric Arnold, in a recent article for the Chronicle. EarBud’s impression is that a lot of these artists made a huge mistake by signing to major labels. They would’ve been far better off sticking with indies invested in their success, and banding together locally. Hyphy already had the buzz it needed, and beyond the wave of releases this summer, the majors probably won’t put anything behind it. Indies would’ve had no problem securing international distribution. And they would’ve encouraged creative development instead of the stagnation caused by majors delaying the second wave of releases. The rappers wanted fat signing bonuses, and that’s what killed them. Sure, there’s gonna be a shockwave spreading to suburbs and across the country this summer, but in most areas it’ll probably be forgotten by winter.