Shots fired, parts one and two
I think there’s two reasons I’ve been more embraced by the rap blogging community than the indie one. The first is, obviously, my casual homophobia, misogyny and anti-semitism passing itself off as “edgy”comedy. The second is that I like to think I can do beef properly. In outlined examples, here’s how shots have been fired across the blogosphere in the past day:
The motley crew of former Stylus hacks and ageing queens that hold fort over at The Singles Jukebox give a middling review to an Animal Collective track (remember? they did that song about Oxford commas, them). Long-term ILB favourite Matthew “Perpetua” Fluxblog isn’t impressed:
Imagine if the internet as we know it now was around in 1988, and a bunch of (mostly) out-of-touch cranks got together to viciously rip on “Teenage Riot.”This Singles Jukebox post is kinda like that.
Hey Perpetua, what the fuck do you think you’re doing talking outrageous shit like this here? You don’t know shit about 90% of what I’m into – you don’t even know what I’m into. You don’t know me but you should know yourself, you narrow-minded little indie fuckwit.
- blogger, tell us more about the time an ACTUAL GANGSTA RAPPER validated your taste. the very taste you cribbed from http://www.cocaineblunts.com about 9 hours ago from web
- or lets talk about why a dc blogger was covering the jerkin movement before any of the so called rap critics in los angeles even noticed it. about 8 hours ago from web
- come on blog dudes. if you want to go to war i will take you to war. about 8 hours ago from web
Why is this better than what’s above? Well… the difference between a “rap journo” and “someone who journalises about rap” is that the former at least has a little bit of… if not the (piss yourself laughing at the following term usage) “spirit of hip-hop” then at least some swagger about them (I mean that in the Gary Cooper sense, rather than the Waka Floka Doo one). They can deal with shots fired, they can throw some back themselves, and it never degenerates into the kind of bitchslap more commonly caught during the last five minutes of Footballers’ Wives. Also, y’know, nobody really cares about this shit “really”, do they? It’s all about hits. Both Passion of the Weiss and Cocaine Blunts made Wikio’s Top 40 music blogs this week. You can’t put dinner on the table by restarting the “which blogger likes black people more?” argument, but you can at least pay for dessert with it.