Accding to this MTV spot, Lil Wayne, among others, appears totally unwilling to challenge the RIAA’s position on mixtapes (despite them playing an essential role in launching or revitalizing many a rapper’s career).
Pull quote via the Diplomats’ DukeDaGod:
If they had a mixtapes seminar, that would be hot. Have the RIAA come in and say what you can and what you can’t do.
No, Duke, that would not be hot. That would be LAME.
Now, I know hip-hop’s been ambivalent about its complicity with the record industry for a long time. Dovetailed hustles and whatnot. And certain millionaires out there aren’t really interested in rocking the Titanic. But here’s the thing: the boat is sinking. Too many middlemen on the take, too much ballast. And hip-hop can float on its own. Time to abandon ship, y’all.
(See also, Davey D on the power struggle between the industry and the DJs.)