Here's a recent comment I came across off the Poison Pen journal. I'm not really sure what sparked it, but hey, at least it can spark a new column entry. Dr. Flav, if that is his/her real name, writes:
"I always thought that Brian aka 730 (lol okay) was an interloper trying to cake off this colored boy culture. He interviews some cats then disses them in that sedative column he writes, too spooked to allow comments, lest he becomes exposed as the self aggrandizing, latently bigoted clown he actually is. Well its all about what ass you kiss and whose ballsack you juggle, I reckon. YES I SAID IT!"
Let's address this point-by-point.
"an interloper trying to cake off this colored boy culture" – There's a lot of things that can be done to make money in hip-hop, such as charging for audio placements and interviews, none of which goes on at HipHopGame. Not too many people know this, but I was on the grind for two years for HHG before ever seeing anything. I was paying for train tickets, phone bills and any other expense that stood in the way of me doing dope interviews. There was a time when only one publicist took HHG seriously and would send me material for review, so let's not act like I came into HHG when everything was up and running. I helped the bossman Dee Jekkyl with HHG, but he can tell you that with me, it never was about the money. I've never even spoken on the other sites that tried to hire me away from HHG because I believe in professionalism, not in making empty claims that have no supporting evidence.
"He interviews some cats then disses them" – Rappers get called out when they need to be called out. Interviewing an artist does not mean that we're going to be lifelong friends nor does it give them immunity to do whatever it is they want and expect me to not write about it. Plus I was trying to think back to when I supposedly interviewed cats and then dissed them, but I couldn't think of any. Besides, I'm more of a dog person.
"sedative column" – Hey, some people like it, some people don't. It's not for everyone and I'm not asking or forcing you to read it. If you don't like it, skip over it. I'm also not really sure why anyone would continually read something they either wanted to hate or knew they would hate.
"too spooked to allow comments" – When I started writing the column, Dee Jekkyl didn't add the comment box to it. Now that it's not there, I like it like that. It's my space and my time. It's kind of funny how you can comment on everything else on the site, even news, yet you complain about the one place you can't leave a comment. As far as being "too spooked", if I was scared about negative comments, I wouldn't even be writing a column or doing interviews. I would probably just be leaving hateful comments on various sites, hiding under different aliases to get my rocks off.
"self aggrandizing" – That's news to me. Maybe in my younger, brasher days I could see being called this, but today? An example would be nice.
"latently bigoted clown" – If you thought I was that, why would you even bother going to HipHopGame? Again, an example would be nice. But then again, if you ever want to raise red flags, scream "racist" as loud as you can and just hope that motherfuckers are so blinded by the empty accusation that they don't want to look any deeper into the issue to actually discover that there is no issue. Flav, if I hear of any openings on Al Sharpton's PR staff, I'll be sure to send you an email.
"Well its all about what ass you kiss and whose ballsack you juggle" – I'm not sure what you do for a living, Dr. Flav, but hopefully you don't have to juggle ballsacks. That's when you know it's time to hit up Monster. Sure, running a website like HipHopGame is a lot about connections and maintaining good relationships, but there's a pretty big line between kissing ass and having a business relationship with someone. I can't even begin to tell you the interviews I've turned down just because the artists weren't a good fit for HHG. And I've turned down a ton of R&B interviews as well, I guess because I believe that a hip-hop site should be a hip-hop site, not a wannabe "lifestyle" site that moonlights as a hip-hop site in a hollow and pathetic attempt to increase their page views and appeal to advertisers.
"YES I SAID IT!" – Um, congratulations, I guess. You used a lot of big words and provided no examples to back up your claims, but hey, you did say it!
Unclear writing and big words do not a good point make. And it's always good to back your points up with examples.
And this will be the last time a comment gets addressed. The one thing Dr. Flav did a good job of doing is putting a lot of issues into one paragraph. And hey, you did say it!