Calling All Bootleggers

On his latest show (see below) Disorda called out bootlegging bloggers, which got me thinking. Now, perhaps this shows my lack of knowledge of the sphere I’m operating in, but I don’t know of any blogs that focus on UK hip hop and bootleg artists’ music. That doesn’t mean they’re not kicking about, though.

If you follow the sites that cover this music from our US counterparts, which I’m sure you do, you’ll be familiar with the vast quantities of official product on major labels that not only gets leaked, but also gets leaked intentionally – not to mention what’s produced for free, such as independent mixtapes. But that's the States.

In the couple of months that I’ve been doing UK All Day I’ve been given a fair amount of free music. A majority of what ends up on here is generously contributed. I’ve also occasionally posted music that wasn’t given to me by artists. This has either been taken off MySpace pages from unknowns or those who have fallen under the radar in a bid to boost their profile - even if only a little bit. In the couple of instances where I’ve featured music that is to be sold, I’ve embedded and promoted it.

Personally, if you’re going to cover the cottage industry that we have, you have to play by the rules. Don’t take food out of our rappers’ mouths; it’s difficult enough for them to eat off this as it is without numpties behind laptops purloining their hard work and peddling it off to others for nothing. The point of shedding light on this scene is to be part of it, to help others and – hopefully – see things move forward. At the very least it’s to enjoy it for what it is. Bootlegging UK hip hop is completely counter-productive, unless of course you don’t want to hear it anymore, in which case why are you listening in the first place?

Fix up.