Dispatches from the #FreeKesha rally

On Friday, Kesha fans gathered in support of the pop star outside of a courthouse in NYC.This is why. #MicCheckNow

Posted by Mic on Friday, February 19, 2016

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You don't have creative control now?

"Not really. What's been put out as singles have just perpetuated a particular image that may or may not be entirely accurate. I'd like to show the world other sides of my personality. I don't want to just continue putting out the same song and becoming a parody myself. I have so much more to offer than that and I can't wait till the world really gets to hear that on the radio."

— Kesha in Rolling Stone, October 2013
It's no surprise that Kesha's craft of storytelling through music moves fans around the world. It's also nothing new that Kesha gets "bullied" as being one dimensional, or a one trick pony. "With Warrior, I want to show people I can write and sing." But you can't really see Kesha's creativity and talent when it's being covered up and controlled by hierarchy. It's no surprise that Kesha is forced to work with the same collective group of people through each record.

Dr. Luke is controlling Kesha like a puppet, leaving her creativity to suffer. In the first season of My Crazy Beautiful Life, while showing the creative process behind Warrior, Kesha records the track Machine Gun Love, which was later turned down by the album's executive producers for being too different and not being a sound that she's known for. Kesha makes it clear that her producer, Dr. Luke, is stunting her from growing as an artist by making her sing the same generic, predictable, recycled, pop song. Kesha also confesses that she has no say whatsoever in what makes the album not to mention what's released as a single, which every artist should have a say in.

"She struggles with the idea of 'why can't I make the music that I want to make?'" Wayne Coyne tells Billboard.

He admits her creation is raw and genuine, and sees a side of her that doesn't care about the hit pop songs and marketing. Overall, Kesha just wants to be able to freely express her opinions through her music, and show sides of her she's been waiting to reveal since record one. The numerous cries for help have been indicitave that all she wants is to make music that makes her and her fans happy, and nothing that's forced and blunt. When Kesha, young and naive at the age of 18, was signed to Luke's 8 album contract, it's obvious that she was unaware of the severe pop puppeteer act she was soon to play. What our fear as her fans should be is that she will soon lose interest in playing this industry game and stop releasing music under the tyrannical finger of Dr. Luke. I don't think Kesha can make it any clearer that she wants the world to hear her music and not the pop factory's unauthentic, soulless babble she is forced to call hers.
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