In my everquest to make things better in the hip-hop blog world I put together a service called "Hip-hop News Wire." For readers, it's an easy way to keep up with the latest rap music news without having to visit half-a-dozen sites a day. For bloggers, it's an easy way to keep their sites auto-fresh with the latest hip-hop headlines. Now all of us can be as up to date as Ian or Nick without all the work!
First, I'll offer up the proper links and codes, then I'll explain what I did. Walk with me.
Finally, I finshed putting together the Hip Hop Bloggers Group over at Yahoo! This group is not just for writers on this site- it's for anyone who has a "hip-hop blog" or a blog that talks about hip-hop at all.
Why did I create it? Well,
I explain all that on the group, and I don't feel like copying and pasting it here. See the bottom.
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As yet another new contributor to the site, I thought I'd take a quick second to introduce myself, as others have before me, just so you get a feel of where I'm coming from.
I'm 28 years old, grew up in New Jersey, live in Northern Virginia, and have been listening to hip-hop since I was in the second grade. My first record was the self-titled Fat Boys album and I have fond memories of buying L.L. Cool J's Radio at the local supermarket. When was the last time you saw a supermarket selling vinyl?
I also remember buying BDP's By All Means Necessary and Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions... on vinyl on the same day. Don't tell anyone, but I hated PE's album the first time I listened to it. Fortunatel, as with several other artists and albums I didn't like at first listen, PE's album became and remains one of my favorites, even if the vinyl itself was stolen at a house party many years ago.
I've been an emcee for many, many years and a producer for the last decade. I still have a tape of me rhyming on the playground in fifth grade and trading off lines from "Son of Byford" with a friend on the school bus. My music since then has been straight underground and I don't have any aspirations to make a living out of it. That's the one way I can guarantee that what I create isn't getting tainted by a desire to get rich.
During my formative years (1988-1994) I lived on a steady diet of Yo! MTV Raps (I'm officially the only one that remembers when they played Raheem's "Dance Floor" and Stezo's "It's My Turn" back-to-back) and Club Crush/Raw Deal on Princeton's WPRB 103.3. During college, I DJed at the college station and eventually became the general manager. All the while, I was selling, copying, and giving away my own albums on the Urban Ambiance label.
It's kind of weird to feel like an old-timer at 28, but when I look at what passes for hip-hop today, I can't help it. I don't mind the fact that commercial hip-hop exists, but when it starts negatively influencing the underground geniuses I love most, that's when I start to get bitter.
Thanks to Hashim for letting me join the fold. I look forward to touching some nerves, making some change, and connecting with some other people who remember the chills that went up their spines whenever the "My Philosophy" video came on TV.
Hello, my name is Joey Pinkney. I was lucky enough to be invited to blog with the rest of the crew for reasons I don't fully understand. But I'm thankful none-the-less...
I wanted to give y'all (I'm from Tennessee) a little heads up about me, so you are not thrown off by my posts. No, they won't be junk. I just refuse to blog about what everyone else is blogging about.
I started my blog out of sheer anxiousness to have a web presense. I love Hip-Hop, so why not blog about that. I always have an opinion. I think I'm witty...
I wanted that blog to be about how the media watches Hip-Hop. Then I noticed everybody was doing that, and doing it well. So I started to search for links to things I found interesting, but had a Hip-Hop slant. I also wanted to cover Hip-Hop in other parts of the world besides: New York, L.A., Chicago...you know.
Now, like most bloggers, life has kicked in. I'm sitting out of grad school for a semester or two, so my graduate assistantship is no longer paying my to blog. (I'm at work now!) Got married, got 2 (new) kids, and need to get a real profession - "Professional Student" ain't footin' my family bills!
Being invited to join this family of Hip-Hop Bloggers is an honor, and a blessing... So, if you see something that a little off centered, rest assured it's intentional.
Thank you, Hashim. You are the "proverbial" man!
Some, many, millions would say, “Hip-hop is life.”
I’m one of those college kids that used to breathe and think and post hip-hop everyday. I’ve been called a purist, an elitist, a genius, and an idiot. The expression itself was beautiful in its own right – expressing about expression and debating about discussion. Everyone and their mother started coming around… to read, to talk, to laugh. Our online homes were like hip-hop coffee shops. I’ll tell you, those were good times.
About six months ago, I too fell off the face of the Web. It was called graduation, a real job, a girlfriend, and a couple thousand twitching caffeine addicts in a café that I couldn’t handle. I couldn’t think. I couldn’t post. My bandwidth was exceeded. Hell, life caught up with me too.
Then Madison had to go and breathe some life into us… or at least me. Thank you God.
I just know, all of you motherf***ers should lick your lips and prepare yourselves for some daily digestion because this new coffee blend is going to punch you in the face.
There’s some history behind this site that I want to explain right quick in hopes that people will imitate and improve what we’re doing here. I started blogging in early 2003 after looking for articles on a book I was reading called the “Tipping Point”. I stumbled on a great post about the book that related its theories of epidemics to a new thing on the web called weblogs or “blogs” for short. The first thing I understood about blogs was that they were an easy way for non-technical people to publish their thoughts on the web. This was a miracle to me because I had been having trouble for years trying to create small websites for myself or my rap group but they all sucked.
I quickly started my own. I decided to write about hip-hop because I didn’t see anyone else out there doing it. I wasn't aware at the time that Jay, Jon, and Trent were already posting their own funny, insightful, and hey-I-didn't-know-that commentary on hip-hop.
I posted multiple times a week until the summer hit and I found a new girlfriend. Also, net access at my job became restricted. Posting for me dwindled to a once every three week event. During that time I watched the hip-hop bloggers go from about 4 regulars to around 25 of us now. Some of them were really good, and some of them were lame. Many were like me- they started out writing a lot and then life caught up with them and they barely wrote anymore. But nobody cared, because most of the sites only had a dozen readers anyway. This is the "dirty secret of blogging".
I came up with the idea to start a group weblog where I could comfortably write as un-often as I wanted and have more readers than my own blog. I invited other bloggers who's writing I enjoyed. For some reason they agreed to be down. Then I hired Colleen to hook the site up with all of the features I had always wanted to have on my other site but didn't know how. She did a great job. Give her a shout if you need any web design done.
So enjoy Hip Hop Blogs and drop me an email if you have any questions or suggestions.