Tuesday, February 28, 2012

DJ Biting: DJs Jackin DJs

Related to Elements: DJ, Biting

The phenomenon of DJ Jacking is not as scarce as you might think it is.  DJs downloading circulated mp3s for their mixes is no big shocker.  One of the many realities of the Internet is how it puts billions of TBs of mp3s out there for anyone with a high speed connection to claim as their own.  Yet the idea of a DJ stealing from another DJs mixtape for the sole purpose of putting it into his or her own mixtape seemed so faux pas, I didn't think anyone would ever admit to doing it, much less ask how to do it.  

I was wrong, this kind of thing happens, it is a real issue. 

Read the DJForums.com Poll.  (<=Fair warning, long thread, drama)
Read the DiggersWithGratitude.com Poll. (<= less drama, more on point)

Forget about whether or not this can be done, we all know current technology not only makes this very easy and on top of that 100% free. 
So here is a question based on DJ ethics...  Do you think downloading another DJs mixtape (either a mixed mixtape or unmixed compilation of underground or exclusive Hip Hop Joints) and harvesting one or two songs for use in your own mix for whatever reason is acceptable?  Would you do it?

Keep in mind this question has nothing to do with harvesting samples from a mixtape for production reasons.  The question is specifically about removing a song from another DJs finished mixtape, masking the fact that it ever even was on a mix by either editing it, or covering up DJ drops, and mixing it into their own.  

I'm not gonna mince words, this is blatant DJ biting.  Yeah, I know, biting is not new to Hip Hop, but this form is the lowest of low.  What's next?  How about an MC literally stealing the audio vocals from another MCs A Capella, and pasting it in his own song, and then fronting like that was really him rapping.

Try not to get caught up into all the possible scenarios of why someone might try to do this, the choices are simply yes or no.  Comment if you are undecided, or have questions, but this is a black and white issue.  If you are voting, you must pick a side of the issue to stand on.

If you feel like explaining your vote, it goes without saying that comments are always welcome.



Is it OK for a DJ to extract a song from another DJs finished mixtape for the purpose of mixing it in their own mixtape?

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