Better safe than sorry sounds like the approach Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa are taking with their long-awaited mixtape, Live In Concert. First revealed in late May, everyone wondered if weed rap’s favorite duo was blowing smoke when the project didn’t hit the Internet.
But as Spitta explains in this recent interview with Ruby Hornet, sample issues – not marijuana-induced slackness – are the reason for the project’s delay, and legal issues he’s faced over past mixtapes and, more recently, the $10 million suit Finesse slapped on Mac Miller have the How Fly tandem stalling Live In Concert until all paperwork is clear.
Which poses the question how much longer mixtapes will truly last or at least be a viable avenue for established artists? Usually, the medium allowed them to skirt the costs associated with sampling but obviously we’re seeing a slow shift with guys who made their careers off mixtapes are hesitant to release them. As it stands, an artist will have to either pay to clear a sample or pay producers for original beats. Either way, the common denominator’s they’re paying and the road signs ahead look like they’ll either have to charge fans for the final product or avoid dealing with the side projects at all.
The mixtape game ain’t the same, that’s for sure.