In fact A&Rs love it when the artist can't talk

from El-P – Lazerfaces' Warning Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Labels prefer artists they can control and manipulate. The A&R guy is the direct liaison between the record company and the artist, but he represents the record company and its interest to market and profit off of the artist’s image and work. So the A&R people will always prefer a pliant and supple artist who is willing to be lead, not a critically minded, intelligent, outspoken and independent person. If that’s the image they’re after, they’ll let the artist that knows how to do it. Otherwise, the artist could be in breach of contract.

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