So, from my reading around the internet I have seen many accounts of the $10 million dollar lawsuit against Mac Miller for his song “Kool-aid and Frozen Pizza (The Kool-aid song)” which was featured on his MIXTAPE K.I.D.S. I am appalled at the idea that someone can be sued for using an instrumental on a MIXTAPE. From this I am saying that no one makes any real money off a mixtape. Okay, Drake built a carrer and toured off a mixtape, but come on, what really would be the likeliness of this happening for every rapper out here? So, did Mac’s carrer come off of that mixtape? No. To be honest, I don’t like the song and don’t like the mixtape, so even though I stand to be on his side, it is not because I enjoy the song or mixtape.
Now, I can see that by “owning” (Do we REALLY own ANYTHING in today’s society?) something we will fight for use of something we do own, but if you don’t respond to repeated requests of use then why couldn’t he just proceed?
A Mixtape. What does that word really mean anymore?
Well, it means to me FREE expression of artwork. FREE interpretation of another’s work. FREE Movement of Music in loo of trying to get your name out there and to do it for the love of the music (Well, the love of music thing comes from me, but everyone has their own motives). Thus, I am saying that his “Mix-take” was to make a music video for the song? Well, yes and no. Because he was criticized for making a video as in he was actually making money on this, but this was perceived wrong.
Overall, people tend to get “handsy” when they believe that another is making money on something that they “own” and they tend to try and take what they believe to be theirs. I am not going to touch upon the credibility of the artist/producer who is charging Mac Miller and their support in the scene of today, but I will say that when you do not get much eye in the public you do want to find a way to make it. How long ago was that released? I mean, come on, you knew he used that before he even used it because he contacted you on Twitter, don’t act up now.
I personally am not a fan of Mac Miller (only like a few songs) and I am not defending him because I like him obviously, yet, I am defending him for the reasoning that he deserves the credit for what he did over that song because he took it in a new direction. He put it on a MIXTAPE, something made with freedom of expression and thought, and he is entitled to use something for the freedom of the music and ideals even if it is “owned” by another because he is not doing it to gain any kind of monetary value, yet doing it to show the world a side of him.
Coming from a rapper, this just bothers me. I’ve used many established artists instrumentals for my songs, but I am not gaining ANY money whatsoever, so why should I get sued? I may make a music video and spend money on that (not likely, would do it for free) but I still would not gain any money off of that, just would give me some credit and spread my name larger, and that was ALL Mac Miller did.
All in all, Mac Miller did nothing to deserve a lawsuit in such a hefty amount and to just do this to better his career (Mac and his song) and still get this is awful. I am tired of Greedy individuals. I know this world is full of them, but damn, can we be kind to our brothers even when they make “Mix-takes”?