MIXTAPE 58 – AISHAH SIMMONS INTERVIEW on DJ DRAMA / CANNON ARREST
What’s good. So by now many of you have heard of the 16th January arrest of DJ Drama and DJ Cannon on racketeering charges, discount for nothing more than putting out a popular series of artist-(and generally, rehabilitation label-) sanctioned mixtapes. And while this event may very well have chilling effects on the industry and the way we get music, I think it’s important to not overlook some of the fundamental issues behind this event: the refusal of an industry to let its originators – artists and businesspeople of Color – to create and market our own art on our own terms.
Fortunately one of the first people to speak out against this arrest and its justifications was DJ Drama’s own sister, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, who penned an editorial that appeared, among other places, on allhiphop.com. We managed to connect a little while ago, and what resulted is the interview you are about to listen to here.
And as Aishah mentioned in the interview, one of the first, best, and easiest ways to do something about this is to let your voice be heard.
Here’s the contact information for the RIAA in case you want to reach out and touch somebody:
RIAA Contact Information*
Mitch Bainwol: Chairman and CEO of the RIAA
Cary Sherman: President of the RIAA
or the default address: firstname.lastname@example.org
RIAA Phone Lines
These phone numbers are guaranteed to work:
RIAA Headquarters – (202) 775-0101
RIAA Miami Offices – (305) 444-3114 extension 11
Again – your purchasing power pays these people’s salaries, so you have a right to voice your opinion about how your music is made available.
As always, feel free to link this site up, direct link to the
Well, that’s enough troublemaking from me for today. Let me know how you felt this episode. And of course, the MTSN phone lines are always open – (310) 928 MTSN. Peace.
And also, shoutouts to the artists whose instrumentals contributed to this episode as well:
J Dilla – Over The Breaks
Smif N Wessun – Like A Champion
Clan Destined – The Language
Brother Ali – Original King
Kenny Keys – Untitled
Black Milk – Say Something
P.O.S. – Broken Hearts Club (damn!)
Also, please bear in mind that all comments made here by me are mine and mine alone – neither Aishah Simmons nor any member of the Aphilliates Music Group have anything to do with what I say or post on this site.
* Since the RIAA site doesn’t give out any contact information whatsoever on their site other than the webmaster email, these email addresses are the result of deduction and other trickery – so they may or may not be read. The webmaster one, however, and the phone numbers are a sure bet. Just don’t tell ‘em your favorite hip-hop podcast sent you.