Michael Willcox better known to the hip-hop world as DJ Big Mike, was arrested on music piracy charges this past week. The arrest came after a lengthy investigation in which Big Mike and his half-brother, Stephen Sabato, were being recorded under surveillance for over two years.
According to The Newtown Patch, the investigation began when the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) “sent its own team of investigators to conduct a surveillance of a suspected ‘burner lab’ at 27 Stetson Place in Danbury where pirated CDs were alleged being made and distributed.”
In addition to the surveillance footage, a search warrant revealed that the mixtape personality had over 3,000 CDs for resale in his home, including those of artists such as Lil Wayne, The-Dream, Mya “and other Universal artists.” Titles included Blue Label That was my joint, Hard Knock Life, New York Struggle, R&B Jump Off 50, Red Apples Falling and Trapaholics.
While Big Mike and Sabato have yet to release a statement, both are scheduled to appear in court sometime within the next week. —Stephanie Long