[Ideas] THE BLOG: Is The Newest Wave of Hip-Hop Journalists Here To Stay?

Is the blog, the newest wave of hip-hop Journalism, here to stay? And what effect has it had on rap, artistry, and hip-hop music?

by: Kara-Lis Coverdale

Around 2 am outside a Sacramento club, The Mash Up, a young hip-hop promotions-focused blog with a mission to "change promotional marketing and branding in the music industry" and give artists in their local Sacramento a "bigger platform to expose their talents", captured a fascinating and "candid" (as The Mash Up puts it)  video interview with the opinionated indie emcee Murs.

It's unclear from the video whether the interviewer was prompting Murs to speak on the current (technologically driven) state of affairs in hip-hop or whether these thoughts were just on the tip of his dreads at the moment, but either way, Murs came out with it, and it came out in a sincere and utter flood that he is a little more than frustrated--disturbed, even--with internet born and thriving "instant journalists and instant rappers"  that have so dramatically  changed the art of hip-hop and hip-hop journalism. I get the feeling he's not the only one.


[Ideas] Nas Names “Hip-Hop’s Best Lyricists” for Rolling Stone

For the current issue of Rolling Stone, Nas didn't so much provide a "best lyricists of all time" list as the title circulating the net suggests. Instead, he provided an exclusive list of what he sees as some of the more progressive lyricists; progressive in reference to emcees that continue to shape and cultivate hip-hop as a creative craft rather than settle into old formulas. "When I said Hip-Hop is dead a few years ago, I felt we'd gotten away from the great wordplay and storytelling," says Nas... CONTINUE READING ...

[Ideas] Solar Named Rap’s Most Hated Person of 2010

Because rap lives and breathes from the fumes of haters and juicy beef wars, it makes sense that those who made  The Houston Press' "Rap's 10 Most Hated People" list are some of the more successful artists in the industry. The antics and ridiculousness of listed artists like Rick Ross and 50 Cent lay at the heart at most people's love/hate relationship with commercial rap.

Except one, who remains mostly just hated. Since Guru passed earlier this year, there has been a swarm of controversy surrounding Solar and the suspicious events following his passing. There is even a fully operational and upkept site dedicated to documenting his downfall. List author Rizoh puts it this way: "it wouldn't be a stretch to suggest that Solar probably walks around with a bullet proof vest and a loaded gun. No, seriously, he'd be an idiot not to stay strapped 24/7... Congratulations, Solar, you're officially the faex of the hip-hop community."

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[News x Ideas] Online Media King Kanye Reminds of What Remains #Offline

Twitpic via Yancy Strickler.

It's indicative of the technological squalor we live in when multi-act concert titles begin to incorporate twitter hashtags (#) and not-really-kidding reminders that a concerts are "special" experiences. Perhaps it isn't generally understood these days, as I had hoped, that concerts are "special" because unlike most of our twenty-first century musical "experiences" (virtual, online experiences, that is), real-life concerts and their nominal markers of tickets, beer, sweat, and sound systems, are of the few music-involved experiences that remain outside the tightly encircling realm of virtual reality. You would think that sobering fact alone would be enough to keep the concert tradition alive and well, but evidently the youth needs a lesson and the know-betters need a reminder. To counter the internet monopoly, concert promoters have begun to outwardly react to an important consequence of our post-virtual consumptive consciousness: it is no longer enough to sell a concert on the fact it is a "live" experience. CONTINUE READING