Today, acclaimed producer and mixer DJ /rupture released the “Sunset Park Rent Strike Speakout” mix, a tribute to the Sunset Park residents who’ve been striking since July to protest their “nightmarish living conditions” in the south Brooklyn neighborhood. I’ll let /rupture tell the story of how the mix came together.
The mixtape idea clicked into place all at once: I would select made-in-the-USA cumbia instrumentals, and have those sounds serve as a backing track to the rent strikers explaining, in their own words, what is happening, why they are struggling. Most of the three rent striking buildings’ residents are Latino immigrants, many from Mexico. I mentioned my idea at a meeting — people were into it. Pues… ¡Vámonos!
“As the Spanish-speakers among us will hear, one of the other great things about these interviews is how very different each person’s perspective on the rent strike is,” writes /rupture. “It ranges from deeply personal accounts — say, of dirty water dripping on Eulogia’s stovetop — to broad political analysis examining the banks’ roles, to philosophical reflections on rights and dignity and how a just struggle can empower. If you don’t understand the Spanish then hopefully the deep cumbias will communicate.”
Listen to the 25-minute mix below, and head to DJ /rupture’s site to download it.