Before Michael K. Williams died, he filmed episodes of his VICE TV show Black Market.
In the latest, Williams visits a stream farm, where a masked man explains how he fakes streams for record labels and individual artists.
On the latest episode of #BlackMarket, the late great Michael K. Williams goes to an undisclosed location to uncover streaming farms and how major labels and artist take advantage of them. pic.twitter.com/lAnp3ScSId— Piñata Farms 🪅 (@pinatafarms) January 25, 2022
"Just run the numbers up. Some people ask for 100K, 200K. Just get the appearance of their music to look good when they come to their page," he said.
According to the masked man, it costs around $1500 bucks to get 100,000 streams. He also called out an artist who has been caught faking streams.
"You see some of these prominent artists, French Montana for example," he said, referencing accusations of fake streams against French that arose a few years ago.
Williams added that G Eazy also got caught up in a fake stream scandal.