The 2007 arrest of DJ Drama for copyright infringement signaled to that the era of rap mixtapes as both in the street and online had unalterably changed. We propose to examine what has been lost—or gained—from the disappearance of physical mixtape culture, both from its attendant spaces in the city and from the popular conversation. Where does
“authority” now lie in “making” and “breaking” such artists and how has this changed how they themselves make music and how it’s consumed?
With: Zach Baron, Tom Breihan, Ryan Dombal, Sean Fennessey,
Nick Sylvester, and Jamin Warren
Moderator: Sean Fennessey