Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Why was the RapGodFathers’ Website Taken Down?


Hip-hop blogs and music websites are favorite time pass for all music lovers. In fact, those who are good at singing, look for these sites to submit their music and also get all the current and trendy information. 

If you are among such crazy hip-hop blogs fan, you must have heard about the famous name in the market, RapGodFathers. The website is a famous hip-hop blogging hub. Unluckily, this site has been taken down by authorities. For getting more information about it, you need to read this article. 

Who Seized RapGodFathers Site?

According to research and authentic news, the ICE or Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized the website, RapGodFathers. Even the webpage itself shows the notification of US ICE about IP theft. 

However, it is not the only website that faced such a situation. Another similar website, OnSmash, also faced a similar scenario.

Why Did it Happen?

According to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Homeland Security Investigations, the website is under investigation upon some copyright infringement claims and allegations.  

It all happened almost ten years ago, on 23 November 2010. According to the statement issued by website owners, agents from both authority offices entered the office of RapGodFathers and seized their servers. No doubt, it was a shocking moment for everyone working in the office. 

Was it Following the DMCA Rules?

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The DMCA or Digital Millenium Copyright Act is a federal law about the distribution of copyrights and monitors any illegal activity. The law was passed in 1998 after which it claimed the distribution of copyrights as an illegal act. 

According to RapGodFathers’ owners, the site was completely complying with the rules and regulations of DMCA. However, the authorities of ICE and DHA stated something opposite. Moreover, they also placed similar allegations on OnSmash and Napster, the music sites. 

Even OnSmash provides the song links which OS gave to the public. Instead of all these compliance and efforts, both of the sites are seeing crises and penalties from authorities. Therefore both the sites cannot post daily updates on their pages. Also, in the future, they might lose their domain names. 

Many claims that only servers of RapGodFathers have been seized, whereas OnSmash says that only their domain name has been taken.

So, What Can you Find on RapGodFathers Page?

Unfortunately, you cannot access the site as ICE has seized the servers. You can type the site name, and can even get the result of your desired page on the search engine. However, when you will click or tap on that link, you will see the notification of US ICE on the page. 

The background banner of the notification says “Seized”. Also, the title of the website says, “This domain name has been seized by ICE”. While you will be reading the notification of authority, the page will direct to another 404 error. Thus, you will find some difficulty to read that message.

However, I overcame this difficulty by clicking the back button of the website. Though it is a laborious process, this is the only way to read the message completely. But you don’t have to go through this process as I have already gone through it for you. I have skimmed the important information from that notification for you. 

The notification says that the District Court of the US has issued a seizure warrant for the site under 18 U.S.C. It keeps on saying that the deliberate act of copyright infringement may lead to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Along with it, the authority can forfeit the property or office of the violators.

Is There Any Chance of Comeback?

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Fans and users of the site have been desperately waiting for the site to come alive again. They are also asking on different platforms about the status of the site. Also, they are complaining that they cannot access the site anymore and from where they can get free music. 

For such crazy fans of music and RapGodFathers, one concern is very obvious: Is there any chance of RPG’s comeback? The situation is not certain yet, therefore having any assumption about it can be a bit difficult.

RPG on Other Social Media Platforms

Luckily, you can access the social media sites of this website. For that, you can go on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. Surely, you will land on accounts of RPG. Also, fans of the sites are twittering about the site with the #RapGodFathers. So, it is clear that owners are trying their best to stay in touch with users and followers.  


Indeed the internet is full of hip-hop blogs and music websites, however, getting recognition and fame among all is not that easy. This is what RapGodFathers has done. People who loved to access this particular site for mucic, are now desperately waiting for it. 

Thus, it is the love and affection of fans of the site that even after ten years, they have not forgotten the site easily. On this note, I also wish that my fans get to access what they are looking for. 

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