Oliver Wang is Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, Long Beach. He is the editor of Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide and has written for NPR, Vibe, Wax Poetics, the Los Angeles Times, the Oakland Tribune, and the Village Voice, amongst others.
Take Me Out with the Fader: The Decline of the Mobile Scene
This chapter discusses the confluence of different forces that led to the declining interest in the mobile DJ scene. Those factors were both internal (within the scene) and external. Internal factors included shortcomings in recruitment of younger members; improving fortunes for individual DJs, which weakened a need for crews as support staff; and the inability to port the successes of the mobile scene into a recording industry context. External factors included the rise of other youth cultures that competed for members, such as scratch DJing and import car crews.