Mixtapes have traditionally been for promotional use only, and while that line has always been blurry, their legality has been in the spotlight recently. Late last week, Drake's management sent a cease-and-desist order to iTunes to stop the sale of an unauthorized album, The Girls Love Drake. And in early April, lawyers at Cash Money Records explained the details behind reports of Lil Wayne suing DJ Drama.
It looks like Santigold can throw her name in the ring of confusion. In a blog post last week, DJ Terry Urban issued a statement about a mixtape he was planning called Southerngold, which was set to feature verses from a variety of Southern rappers over samples from Santigold's self-titled debut album. Urban is best known for his and Mick Boogie's Viva la Hova, on which Jay-Z's verses were mixed with Coldplay's Viva la Vida.
But his latest mixtape might never see the light of day.
"As many of you know, I've been preparing to release an exciting mixtape this summer called Southerngold," Urban wrote in the blog post. "Basically, me mixing my favorite Southern rap vocals over remixed samples of my favorite Santigold-influenced samples and tracks. ... However, as I am about to release my mix on the Internet tonight ... I get a cease-and-desist from lawyers at Santigold's label, Downtown Records."
Urban added that he was not selling or making any money from the mixtape but was instead hoping to expand Santi's fanbase. He also questioned whether Downtown was aware of the role DJs have played in Santigold's success.
"All the deejays who have made homemade remixes and re-edits that have gotten play in clubs across the world? It's not like commercial radio was embracing her music when she dropped," Urban wrote. "It was the progressive deejay, the same deejays who make remixes and mash-ups and support avant-garde creative music!"
Santigold seemed to agree, chiming in on the issue in a statement Thursday. "Some kid just hit me up about this on MySpace," the singer said. "It was the first I ever heard about it. I've never heard anything about this DJ or this remix, and certainly did not send a cease-and-desist letter. I'm a supporter of mixtape culture and intend to get to the bottom of it."
Santigold was unavailable for further comment when contacted due to doctor's orders to rest her voice. Downtown Records had no comment on the situation.