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'DJ Drama,' 'Stupid secessionists'

Online responses to last week's issue, which featured "DJ Drama: The drama beyond the DJ" by Mosi Reeves, and "Stupid secessionists" by John Sugg.

DRAMA

Why the Exec's that own the music Industry Hates Mix tapes: First, I would like to say that this is a fab story. A fan of hip hop, i have to stay connected to what's going on. I wanted to write a blog on this when I heard about what happened with the Aphilliates. It's not surprising that this has happened to the two most Popular DJs. The "Execs" or the owners of the major record labels know that mix tapes are a "threat" because they don't have no control of what's put out or the residuals. It's a power thing like anything else and if there was a licensing factor involved or some type of control mechanism on their part, I believe mix tapes wouldn't have the same flair as they do now. Just my 2 cents.

-- Aisha

Illegal: Again someone comments who has no clue! The license to use the music is to protect the songwriters and PRODUCERS of the music, to ensure that they get paid for their work by the record labels. The labels used mixtapes as PROMO ONLY items not for sale. The Aphilliates crossed the line when they started to sell the copyrighted music of the artist and producers for $3 at wholesale to a distributor who would sell it for $5 at the mom and pop store, and then to sell the mixtapes to bcdmg for distribution to best buy, circuit city, fye and every major retailer in the country with NONE of the producers seeing one royalty. This nigga was STEALING plain and simple! We haven't seen any of the music from his Gangsta Grillz Album available for free. What do you think he would do if that happened! He should have also thought about going out in magazines and promoting the fact that he made a living off of other peoples music! Drama didn't create 1 beat say one creative word on any mixtape. At least Cannon is a producer, but his tracks weren't on any mixtapes because he wanted to be paid for his tracks, believe me I tried to get one and it cost $10k for one, his Jeezy track he produced wasn't on no mixtapes!

-- The Truth

Word: Well said 'The truth'.... I can see you know your shit. In the article i saw where the Aphilliates "assumed" they had licensing privileges because the tracks were given to them by an label exec. That's BS! These cats are obviously astute and know this game so they know you don't "assume" licensing rights. You sign for those MF's! That's probably the out they're going to use in court, to throw that label person under the bus to save their asses. I ain't mad at em, all involved knew the risks and it was probably discussed from the door. That's why they say they "feel like they'll be cleared of all charges"...

-- JT

SECESSIONISTS

Glad to know I'm not alone: I've been feeling this way about the growing tendency of the metro area to break into factions, but maybe it isn't all a bad thing. Just charge them a toll to drive into town (I think $5.00 a trip is more than fair) and change MARTA to a system that charges riders based on the average household income around the area of the station instead of on a per-trip basis. Use the money generated for roads and community development in town. Let the rich people pony up for their share of services for a change.

-- PJ

Stupid Secessionists: When I started reading the article I thought that, once again, Sugg just doesn't get it. However, I eventually hit the bottom line, "It's merely larceny of public resources" and realized that although Sugg's last line is the truth - he still doesn't get it. In Sandy Springs, we voted to incorporate because we were sick of having larceny committed against us for thirty years. However, it wasn't the larceny itself that made us mad, it was what it was being spent on and that was vote buying in the south end of the county. At least now, we can use our own money to fix our own potholes and spruce up our own parks. Incorporation has given us control over our purse strings and our lives.

-- Fred Gates

Secessionists: What Sugg is saying is that rather than pulling together to rid ourselves of the corruption that's prospering in the Metro area, these areas are pulling away to distance themselves from what they perceive as "not our problem" (see Fred's comment above for a prime example of someone who resents county taxes being used for the whole county rather than his immediate area).

We do not solve problems be breaking away and re-establishing boundaries to keep out the "undesirables" - we solve them by standing together.

-- RM

Frustrated inner-city...secessionist: I (like a few of my neighbors) have lived mostly in the northern suburbs, but recently moved into an older downtown Atlanta neighborhood. Some people call it gentrification, but I prefer to call it what it is--re-white-ification. I knew I'd be sacrificing a lot (safety, air quality, privacy, reasonable taxes, reasonable insurance rates, drinkable tap water, etc.), and true enough, it's tough. We all know about the public-service draining local residents, but the capitalist market itself will take care of them--nothing clears a section-8 neighborhood quicker than a bulldozer. But until the northern suburb tax money is taken away from Atlanta/Fulton, they'll just continue to waste money on their own existence. I'm always stunned by the inefficiency and ineptitude of city and county employees, and it's getting worse the longer I'm here. It takes weeks and the approval of at least 7 city employees just to get PERMISSION to build a deck or sidewalk. The city clearly doesn't want people like me here, so I'm all for cutting off their suburban funding. Maybe by becoming the poorest county in the country, we (those of us who have private income and live in the city) can bulldoze the local bureaucracy and start over--from scratch.

-- KLM

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