'Give It Up For DJ Blackface!' : Code Switch This week, we follow the strange trend of white dance-music DJs who pass themselves off as black artists. Gene talks to legendary House music DJ Ron Trent. The European producer Guy Tavares chimes in from The Netherlands on what he sees as overhyped controversy. Piotr Orlov, who covers dance music for NPR weighs in on what this all means for music fans.
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This week, we follow the strange trend of white dance-music DJs who pass themselves off as black artists. Gene talks to legendary House music DJ Ron Trent. The European producer Guy Tavares chimes in from The Netherlands on what he sees as overhyped controversy. Piotr Orlov, who covers dance music for NPR weighs in on what this all means for music fans.

Code Switch looks into the underworld of white techno music producers in Detroit to pass themselves off as the original black artists/creators of the genre in order to sell their music. In some instances, they're even stealing the original musician's name and passing off as the creators of the music. Chelsea Beck/NPR hide caption

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Code Switch looks into the underworld of white techno music producers in Detroit to pass themselves off as the original black artists/creators of the genre in order to sell their music. In some instances, they're even stealing the original musician's name and passing off as the creators of the music.

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