Thursday, June 16, 2005


Word from NY a few peeps who should know is that all charges were dropped in re: the Kim's raid.

Now the word is that the cops were after those who MANUFACTURE the mixtapes, who, I guess, are considered the real criminals. Or something.

Glad that folks aren't hurt or held, but still left wondering. As many folks are pointing out, mixtapes are indisputably usefulto music, and there's some discussion of the ways even the big label side of the industry makes use of them (leaking singles, even asking for better 'placement' of artists on the mixes, probably commissioning mixes to generate street cred), alongside many good points about their significance as low-risk alternate distribution, as sources of street credibility, as journalism/commentary on music in nonverbal forms, etc etc..

So going after manufacturers is still stupid. Still targeting mixtapes as if they harm anything except possibly people who want top-down control of all music and its presentation.. still a spit in the eye and a hammer to the hand of folks who make music alive.


  1. i also want to know- if these mixtapes are so detrimental to the music industry, why would sony sign dj kay slay as one of their artists? sure, his mixes are now done all 'legit-styles' [and more likely to be an exchange of corporate favors than artistic selections]... but he gained his fame by being 'the mixtape king' of the streets.

    according to the rhetoric i have been hearing in the kim's case [as well as past mixtape raids], you would think he would be behind bars at gitmo, as an enemy combantant. his career spanned decades and probably would have enough counts of copryright infringement, fraud, and other offenses to put him away for the rest of his life.

  2. Having only seen this story from the UK I don't have a lot of information about it. The New York Times story made a pisspoor attempt at spinning it to appear as if Justo Faison's death was related, but lacked any evidence what so ever.

    However, the real story, about how artists are being treated in the name of their own best interests is every bit as disturbing.

  3. they signed him because, if he's working for them, he can't be stealing from them!

    same reason security companies employ hackers or somethin'