Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Jason Scott Is Archiving Thousands of Hip-Hop Mixtapes

Jason Scott:

There’s parody, there’s aggrandizement, and there’s every attempt to draw in the listeners in what is a pretty large pile of material floating around. I can listen to some of it, but not really much before I ‘get it’.

But it’s not about my personal preferences in music – it’s about the fact this whole set of material has meaning, reality and relevance to many, many people.

The web is old enough that links regularly rot,1 but young enough that we haven’t quite figured out how to deal with preserving this data. The Internet Archive is an invaluable resource that comfortably, if unofficially, fills this gap.

  1. Slide “Contempt for the Past”. ↩︎