In an era when memes can take musicians to the top of the charts within a matter of weeks, an increasing number of artists are being labeled as industry plants. Many independent singers and rappers who experience a sudden surge in popularity are given the tag, which implies that they were actually receiving support from a record label all along. For insight into the controversial topic, Genius spoke to industry insiders including A&R executives, producers, journalists, and even Atlanta musician Raury, who was once labeled an industry plant himself.

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Hillary Crosley Coker, Senior Producer

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