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June 4, 2007

The Blog Is Over

This blog, in its current form, is retired as of today.

June 5, 2007


The site you once knew as hiphopmusic.com has been assimilated. We appreciate the intelligent, rational, and educated insights and opinions that have been posted here over the years. However, over the next few days a few changes will be implemented. Any posts concerning anyone's opinion on the socio-political climate of hip hop and/or its effects notwithstanding on today's society on a whole will be immediately, permanently, and expeditiously destroyed and disposed of. Subject matter pertinent to the strategic repositioning and re-deployment of the site will consists of as follows:

- 24/7 Updates on the new live-action Transformers movie
- Constant speculation on all details of the new Star Wars TV series and guessing which
stars from the movie will make cameo appearances
- Projections of the 1st week sales of the Kids Incorported DVD box set.
- Reports on any and all advances in mobile communications such as Blackberry, Pocket
PCs and other gadgets.
- The occasional rap song that you haven't heard in 20 years and don't care that I have just
secured the recordings from the demo sessions to said song.
- More suprises to come!!

We hope that you appreciate our efforts to give a more universal and worldwide appeal, not to mention commercial viability, to our recently acquired acquisition.

Thank you for your time, patience, and consideration.
Please exit left.

The Megatron Don.

"Persistence always overcomes resistance" - Mr. Magic
"..those who resist further will be assimilated" - The Borg or something from Star Trek.

June 13, 2007

The Truth About The Takeover (Updated)

This secret camera footage reveals the truth behind the takeover of hiphopmusic.com. More complete footage and details forthcoming.

UPDATE: We have now received the full director's cut of the hidden camera footage:

June 15, 2007

Order Shall Now Be Restored


As another great Jedi master once said: I'm coming back in on a f**king horse. Two big announcements:

  • Starting next week I'm partnering with the PodTech network and xxlmag to launch a new hip-hop videoblog, illdoctrine.com.

  • I have reached an agreement with the Sith lord Just Blaze to relaunch hiphopmusic.com, as a group blog featuring some of my favorite writers. We'll announce the lineup and get things rolling on Monday.

    Been putting this together for quite a while, and I'm psyched to start rolling with my new team here, and start playing with a new medium over there. Hope y'all will stay tuned!

  • June 18, 2007

    The Light of the Future Casts the Shadows

    Soooooo, when I said I would announce hiphopmusic.com's new group blog lineup on Monday, I meant Monday as in Tuesday. Gotta prepare for my last minute invite to interview Charlie Ahearn(!!) on tomorrow's Wake-Up Call. But as soon as I finish that tomorrow, we are opening for business here. For real for real.

    In the meantime please enjoy my Ill Doctrine Dipset Anthem:

    June 19, 2007

    Don't Call It A Comeback

    As previously announced, I have a new home now at illdoctrine.com, where I will be making videos of some sort. This doesn't mean I'm retiring from this site, but I expect my already sporadic posting here to become even more sporadicated. So I have assembled some of my favorite writers and thinkers, and handed them the keys to the joint.

    The new starting lineup for hiphopmusic.com is as follows:

  • Janine McCargo - DC native, now based in NY. Studied Art History at Oberlin, focusing on Russian Symbolism and Decadence. There's a joke here about how that relates to hip-hop, somebody please fill it in for me. Been aware of her for a long time as one of the sharpest commenters here and elsewhere, and always thought she should be doing her own blog. Clearly this called for assimilation into the blog collective, and thankfully she recognized that resistance is futile.

  • Just Blaze - Noted collector of Rico Tizio gear. Also makes beats. One of the coolest and most genuine people I've met in this business, and I cosign everything Saigon said on the topic (except the stuff about bleeding, I'm not built for that). Don't expect he'll have much time to hang in here, but maybe I'll start some rumors to get things moving.

  • Joe Schloss - AKA Joe Twist, the author of Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop. He currently resides in Brooklyn where he enjoys uprocking, digging for breaks, and arguing with people. Sets the standard for properly representing hip-hop in "the academy." It is quite rare that I disagree with him, on any topic.

  • Brandon Soderberg - Our youngest crew member, and my favorite of the newer bloggers on the scene. Sharp, funny, too abrasive for my tastes sometimes but always in service of ideas that he actually believes in and is taking seriously. It is not rare that I disagree with him, on any topic.

  • Dan Charnas - One of the first writers for the Source back in the days, still one of the best writers and thinkers in this hip-hop thing of ours. Has done too many other cool things to list here. Got Chino XL his record deal, and oversaw the making of the "Baby Got Back" Video. I disagree with him on the relative cinematic merit of "Soul Plane" and "Undercover Brother.

    And last but not least, gotta give a shoutout to all our regular commenters, especially the infamous Black People. I think of y'all as contributors too, for sho. Please be kind to our new generation of Degrassi students!

    (P.S. Tamara if you're out there, you're welcome to join in too)

  • June 21, 2007

    A Conversation With Charlie Ahearn

    Yesterday I announced our new groub-blog lineup, but I will keep posting here as well when I have time, especially to throw up audio whenever possible. This here is a conversation I had with Charlie Ahearn a few days ago, when he came through WBAI to promote his party tomorrow night in honor of Wild Style's 25th anniversary.

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    June 26, 2007

    Truth, Poets and Money

    While our new team prepares to emerge from the shadows, here's another video to tide you over:

    truth, poets and money

    inspired by the rebroadcast of oprah winfrey's unfortunate town hall meeting

    June 27, 2007

    Rap & Country: More Alike Than I'm Willing To Admit...

    Kelefa Sanneh’s article ‘It Takes a Tough Man to Tell a Bad Joke’ contrasts the serious attitudes of most rock stars with country singers who are more than willing to joke around: “While rock stars often try their best to make audiences forget they are professional entertainers, country singers have often been happy to celebrate the fact.” (23). Sanneh invokes Brad Paisley’s love-song ‘Ticks’ (“I’d like to check you for ticks”) and Toby Keith’s ‘High Maintenance Woman’ containing the chorus “A high-maintenance woman don’t want no high-maintenance man” (1). I know, I know… this isn’t www.war-mongeringcrackermusic.com, it’s www.hiphopmusic.com but bear with me…

    First, the article is relevant to rap in that continues Sanneh’s assault against rockism. Second, although Sanneh never “goes there”, the attitudes and description of country music’s “freedom to mix the sublime and the ridiculous, in the interests of putting on a good show” could easily be said of hip-hop (23). Although hardly the article’s intention, it moved me to arrive at an ugly truth I’m not totally sure I can confront: rap and country music have a lot in common.

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    June 29, 2007

    Fitted Like Pieces of Puzzles

    A little addendum to the previous rant..

    Btw, any aspiring filmmakers/producers/editors/cameramen (camerapeople?), I will probably be looking for interns/assistant producers soon..

    June 30, 2007

    George Bush Vs. Miss Teen USA

    george bush Vs. miss teen south carolina

    Somebody had to do it.

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