My latest piece is up over at the house of Harris, where I talk about rap fans' curious state of mind when it comes to success in rap. Per usual, shit-talk away; it keeps my wallet full.

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  • EC

    Great article man

  • yaboy

    Haters gonna hate

  • zack

    Gotta love those broad generalizations.

  • Pssssst

    horrible article. subject matter was ok. the writing resembles something i shitted out last night. your wallet stays full from slurping & burping for those dollars you fucking tool. we're going to keep you faggot ass rappers broke. bitch ass bloggers that leech off starving rappers are just as broke. why you fronting?wheres max b?

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    ^^^^^^^

    EASY!

  • http://www.publicwizardinc.com Semp Rok

    Much respect. I get it. The only thing is that we've been saying it for years. I remember having meting every week a good 10 years ago at the university of Florida discussing this same matter. But then I noticed.. bitching about it did nothing and was a waste of time. Focus the energy to continue supporting those you appreciate. You have an avenue to assist. same why i started my PR firm. Its not always about the dollar, but nothing wrong if the good heart leads to great checks. Stay positive brother.

  • Dfrye

    Decent article. Kind of a rehashed topic. Have you ever heard of proofreading though? Damn. Tense errors, simple spelling mistakes, come on "professional".

  • Triso Boothe

    I wouldn’t say this is solely limited to rap fans but we do seem to take it to another level. I also think it stems from the fact that our likes are so specific and people that dislike the new direction artists take tend to voice their opinion more so than the people accepting/enjoying it.

  • zack

    to Triso Boothe: "we" don't take it to another level. You might, Meka might, others might, but don't say "we", because that's wholly inaccurate.

  • Reggie

    Stop treating black people and hip hop fans at large as a monolithic whole and qualify some of your arguments in a way that gives credence to the diverse range of opinions that exist even within these communities. Not everyone is calling Common a sell out, so your article does nothing to speak to those people. Although I hope its not your intention to speak of the hip hop community as homogenous, statements like "We’re never happy when a producer experiments with a different sound." is simplifying the issue. Also I think your criticism of hip hop fans is generalizable to some people in the black community at large who feel that any black person who becomes successful is a sell-out. I believe you are a sell-out if you have some success, and then you take on a colorblind attitude, forgetting that many people will not have the opportunity that you had. If you don't give back to the people which aided your success than that makes you a sell-out. I'm also not trying to suggest that I'm free of any blame for this very offense but I am trying to suggest that we question our own complacencies. With that said, I am off to do a bit a soul searching at a strip club...

  • compthadon

    " Reggie said this on April 20th, 2010 at 4:20 pm "

    good tyming

  • http://www.superxofficial.com OFFICIAL

    Great write up.

  • koa29

    It's true, I just don't get the hate BoB gets over on the Nah Right comments.. people saying "this isn't hip hop, it's pop" .. it's just a different style of music, people have such different shit these days that you can't really put them into one specific genre. I applaud dude for being so talented that he can go and make songs like Nothin On You, Airplanes, then drop other shit like No Mans Land, Lovelier Than You, Fame... etc.

    basically, stop hatin u bum niggas

  • ProjectZero

    Dudes will Hate regardless its just that the people who complain do it on the internet in c sections and the people who dig it don't care to tell the internet world they like it. PEACE!!

  • Bill Clinton

    u kno what alot of ppl do change for the money n they get called out. sum ppl change for artistic reasons n ppl hate cos its no longer there taste. but hip hop has been synonomous with selling out alot in the past becasue alot of rappers have the motto "money over bitches" or "money over everything"..can u imagine eric clapton saying that or pink floyd? or i dunno donny hathaway? wen theat does exist in this capitalist society were 1 minute ur fave rapper is talking about progress / preaching anti capitalism n feeding their community n respecting women yada yada holier than thou/ this is that pure hiphop.. then they get a check n turn into a pimp/scarface/noreaga/posterboy then its like cmon son your going back on your word. if you make money off saying your music has a message and stands for something..then stand by it.

  • Bill Clinton

    u kno what alot of ppl do change for the money n they get called out. sum ppl change for artistic reasons n ppl hate cos its no longer there taste. but hip hop has been synonomous with selling out alot in the past becasue alot of rappers have the motto "money over bitches" or "money over everything"..can u imagine eric clapton saying that or pink floyd? or i dunno donny hathaway? wen theat does exist in this capitalist society were 1 minute ur fave rapper is talking about progress / preaching anti capitalism n feeding their community n respecting women yada yada holier than thou/ this is that pure hiphop.. then they get a check n turn into a pimp/scarface/noreaga/posterboy then its like cmon son your going back on your word. if you make money off saying your music has a message and stands for something..then stand by it. or expect ppl to call u out who belived u when u preached earlier in ur career.

  • http://myspace.com/dah2l JL

    the irony of "bitchin" about "bitchin"
    I agree with Reggie and Bill Clinton.
    and seriously? I mean, there ARE plenty of people that hate just to hate, but calling everybody that dislikes what a musician does or calls out some things as bullshit a hater...."hate" is the new "love" in that the word doesnt really mean shit anymore, because everyfuckinbody's throwing it it around every time theyre too lazy or ignorant to, i dont know...consider that that person might have a point.

  • Matt.Beezy

    good article Meka...

  • mozz

    Topic was cool. Gotta proofread though, man. I'm sure you're not proud about how it came out ultimately, so it was probably not needed for me to even say anything. Keep writing. Like Ernest Gaines (look him up) said when I met him - read read read, write, write, write.

  • Charlie Hustle

    Reggie's review above > anything Meka's ever done in his life.

  • robertTHEallen

    i think its AWESOME that you got this gig and ive enjoyed the first two articles
    i absolutely LOVE how sensitive these people are getting over your opinion
    and its INCREDIBLE that you knew this rectal sensitivity would occur

    ps. lets face it, if you werent totally right what you said applies to about 99%+ of who you claimed it to.
    is EVERY fan a brat, maybe not but those 3 people on the face of the earth arent enough for you to change an ALL into a MOST

  • http://myspace.com/kgb860 K.G.B.

    these blogs were the reason I came on 2dopeboyz... glad to see 'em back...

    idk this is one of those topics that are hard to take a stance on... because the artists we find deserving wouldn't be in the position to 'sell out' if we, as fans, supported their craft.

    therefore, the answer should be to... support them, but we don't. why? i spent mad time thinking about this and i came up with a bunch of reasons, but nothing solid... someone tell me why...
    below.

  • Know Known Bounds

    Why would I wanna support some guy from the hood telling me about how he's continued it's systematic destruction through drug dealing?

    Why would I wanna support some guy from the hood telling me about how he's never known any better and any form of success is all he's looking for?

    Why would anyone give a shit about any of these losers once the club lights come on and it's time to go home? Or once the car is off and the system stops playing? Or once I've fallen asleep and don't need to be distracted from my own life?

    Why would you support your favorite rapper outside of the fact that they simply provide a convenient means of escapism rather than a call to arms?

    Real music has real power, and as long as we are busy contemplating why the losers from high school who dropped out are trying to get money any way they can, none of this shit is going to, or should matter.

    That's why haters hate, and no one loves to care.

    eat it.

  • synister281

    dude i found errors in the second paragraph. i'm sure there is lots more. xxl.com isn't your blog so you might want someone to proofread your shit

  • Teddy

    Its a blog. Spelling doesnt really matter that much. Now if it was going into print then thats a different story.