"Too many black artists' wiki pages don't say anything "
It's a shame. Look up any Beatles LP wiki page. They tell you every damn detail down to what day the songs were recorded to who did what etc.
I just looked up Sheila E -The Glamorous Life LP wiki page. It doesn't tell you anything but the tracklist and I KNOW there's people out there who know what went down with the recording of that album. I'm just ranting but I wish *we* would put in a little more work. Lol.
1. "There was a long-time poster on the boards, b.Touch / FuriousFreddy..." In response to Reply # 0
... who noticed the same thing and would spend time writing and updating Wiki pages of either Black musicians / artists or aspects of Black culture. He would talk on here how few Black Wiki writers there were. He also mentioned that many of the pages written about Black artists either were filtered through the writer's implicit bias or used misinformation.
I wrote a Wiki page once, for Bob Power. (my nerdery knows no bounds)
It was interesting to write but I never thought to do again. Maybe writing Wiki pages would be good to learn more about some artists that I respect and admire.
2. "I've noticed this with hip-hop artists" In response to Reply # 0
I think part of it has to do with a lot of these artists get interviewed by rap mags that don't have a substantial online imprint. And it's not like there are electronic archives of old issues of the Source, Rap Pages, XXL, or even Vibe. So most of these interviews that have background on these artists or albums get lost to time.
3. "Some People Just Don't Go To Wiki For Their Info On Urban Artists" In response to Reply # 2
>And it's not like there are electronic archives of >old issues of the Source, Rap Pages, XXL, or even Vibe. >So most of these interviews that have background on >these artists or albums get lost to time.
When it comes to r&b & hip-hop artists, most people see Wiki-pages as lame or not the real deal, but will go to an artist's website, fan-site, bandcamp, twitter, etc. for all the info they want to know.
I will say when it comes to hip-hop magazines I was one of them who use to treasure them and still have 99% of every magazine I bought (Stress, URB, Rap Pages, Ego Trip, etc.) but actually doing scans & posting them up is just too much work when the people who actually owned & wrote for these magazines should be the ones that give a damn enough to do it, be that's just another excuse why I'm too lazy to do it I guess.
Also doesn't The Vault have all the info on Shelia E.'s Paisley Park releases anyway?
4. "theres lots of really smart and informed music nerds on these boards" In response to Reply # 0
you should make it a team project if this is something you care about and actually want to address see who's interested, which artists those cats have expert knowledge of, and start threads to share knowledge and citations once you determine the artists that you're going to start with.
5. "Related: it's hard to find tabs and online chord charts for most" In response to Reply # 0
The only ones that are readily available are songs from artists who were megastars or from artists that white people really like (Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, etc.) But basically any decent Rock song that's come out since maybe the late 1960s, you'll be able to find a tab online.
I think the issue is that alot of this stuff is put online by white men, so what's available reflects what white men are interested in.
16. "In terms of not getting certain pages filled with proper information..." In response to Reply # 0
...there is a Wikipedia media that provides anyone to post items that isn't *their* information, meaning even if it can be proven, it will be removed because they didn't write it. I'll still go to Wiki and will check up on things and yet the main page of an artist is maybe five paragraphs, if that. Regardless of who attempts to update the pages, it will be removed.