Are The Lights Still On at DatPiff?
Despite assurances from the site itself, DatPiff users are bracing for the worst after rumors of a shutdown began circulating on Monday night.
If you were on or around Rap Twitter last night, there's a good chance you caught something of a memorial service as DatPiff devotees mourned what appeared to be the site's last breath.
The send-off comprised RIPs, reflections, and in memoriams, affectionally eulogizing the site and its legacy for hosting the bulk of underground and mainstream hip-hop's mixtape output over the last 18 years. Fans shared their favorite tapes and runs, collectively pouring one out to mark the end of an era. But within just an hour or so of rumors beginning to circulate, the site assured users they'd yet to fold in a statement issued via Twitter. "We're working through technical issues on our site and app, but still actively update our youtube! Thanks for all the love and concerns but we promise, we are still here," Datpiff wrote.
Despite the attempt at quelling fears, many users weren't convinced by the note. A brief glance at the site's formerly functional frontpage offers all the cause for concern one might need. Images, texts, and players are all failing to load and other parts of the site are delivering errors. Though DatPiff seems to be directing users to its Youtube channel, it's unlikely users will opt for it over the original database, which has been repeatedly referred to as the "Library of Congress" of 2000s rap over the last 12 hours.
At the time of publishing, most of the errors on the site are still occurring and/or worsening. DatPiff has not indicated when they expect the site to be back up and running, which has left a lot of users wondering whether the lights are actually still on.
You can comb through some of the reactions to the site's prospective shuttering below.
\u201cRIP Datpiff -- who probably has the most important archive of music from the past 10-15 years anywhere on the internet. It was a bridge between the blog era and the streaming era -- and a hub for projects that will never see the light of day on DSPs. \n\nThank you for your service.\u201d— Andrew Barber (@Andrew Barber) 1678756736
\u201cDAMN RIP #DATPIFF END OF AN ERA\u201d— THE KID MERO \ud83c\udde9\ud83c\uddf4 (@THE KID MERO \ud83c\udde9\ud83c\uddf4) 1678754892
\u201cYou Just had to Be there...\n\nRIP DatPiff \ud83d\ude4f\ud83d\udc10\u201d— Real Nigga Quezzy\ud83d\udcaf\u270a\ud83c\udfff (@Real Nigga Quezzy\ud83d\udcaf\u270a\ud83c\udfff) 1678764188
\u201cso DatPiff still here but just know that all this shit\u2014the digital mixtape library of Alexandria\u2014can go in an instant. if you love it, download it while you can\u201d— One Punch-In Man (@One Punch-In Man) 1678763528
\u201cRIP datpiff \ud83e\udee1\n\nheld it down for web1 music so damn hard\u201d— bloomy btw \ud83c\udf38 (@bloomy btw \ud83c\udf38) 1678759831