Stop whatever you’re doing and clear out your bandwidth, because if you are a fan of Hip Hop you simply must take advantage of this.  The legendary Cunninlynguists, who have a claim of being one of the best Hip Hop acts of the last decade, take issue with the meager sums offered by Spotify and as a protest are making available every album on their Bandcamp for any price for the next week (including Oneirology which took up a place in our top 10 albums of 2011). This means you can choose to download them for free or pay £100 per track. No doubt this just reaffirms their legendary status and commitment to music. More information and links after the jump…

This is what Cunninlynguists said for the announcement of the scheme:

It was recently revealed that the CEO of Spotify is worth $307 million dollars — more money than every artist they feature except 1. In honor of the .005 cents per play we get from Spotify as they trick you out of your weed money under the guise of “supporting artists”, it’s “Fuck Spotify” week at! Take this week off from streaming CL on Spotify and download any album from [us] at whatever price you choose — even free! – Kno

The next day they posted an update:

So we’ve only been giving away digital copies via for half a day, but as you can see from the stats we’ve already seen 2,259 downloads. Only 286 people chose to pay for their downloads, which doesn’t seem like much, but that $892 in generated revenue is still more than we’d make from 175,000 (!!!) streams on Spotify. Want to pay us something? Cool. Ain’t got no money? Fuck it — download it anyway! – Kno
So gogogo, get some fresh Hip Hop. Feel free to give a few quid.
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