Love/Hate 2007: Internet Edition

Trends. Bloggers. Commenters. Videos. XXLMAG.com takes a look back at the best—and worst—of everything online this year.


LOVE: ONLINE TRENDS

1. Bloggers Step in Front of the Camera
Between Bol appearing on the Parker Report and the Internets Celebrities covering your favorite hip-hop events, 2007 was the year that your favorite bloggers stepped into the spotlight. Who’s hiding behind their computers now?

2. Photoshop Humor
Cam’ron’s rhyme book. Tru-Life’s hacked MySpace. Bastardizations of XXL covers. Hilarity ensued all year long as rappers and fans alike got their copies of Adobe Photoshop crackin’ to get their point across.

3. Rappers Leaking Their Own Albums
Phonte, perhaps following Radiohead’s lead, leaked Little Brother’s third album Getback himself, thus taking back control.

HATE: ONLINE TRENDS

1. Label Leak Denial
Dear major record companies: your song/album/video has leaked to the internet earlier than you would have liked. Why are you pretending like it didn’t happen? Stop wasting time trying to “stop” the leak by removing it from a few websites. Stop planning “exclusive online listenings” for a month from now. Your release date has just been moved up. Deal with it.

2. Trailers/Teasers for Music Videos
Unless you’re spending Hammer “2 Legit 2 Quit”-type paper or making a real mini-movie, we don’t need a 30 second clip hyping up your 3 minute montage.

3. Releasing Fight Videos on YouTube
Editing grainy footage of your man socking (what appears to be) Papoose in the ear is decidedly not gangsta. Some things should just stay in the streets.


LOVE: VIRAL VIDEOS

1. Cam’ron on Vacation
[View Here]
The summer didn’t turn out to be very hot, but Cam in his drawers has us laughing all year long. So did the pool.

2. E-N-J vs. NYCKZ Round 1 (Real Talk TV DVD)
[View Here]
Underground rapper NYCKZ got slapped by his salty battle opponent after uttering the now-famous line “Oh, you mad ’cause I’m stylin’ on you?” [EDITOR'S NOTE: We know this actually came out at the end of 2006, but no video was more talked about in the first half of ’07.]

3. Cam’ron, Alan Grunblatt & 50 Cent Spar On Hot 97 (NowWutTV)
[View Here]
In this impromptu phone argument, Cam gave 50 the title for his next album. Currrrrtisssss!

4. ’Wich Boy’s “Throw Some Cheese On It”
[View Here]
Before Peter Rosenberg got on Hot 97, we knew from this Rich Boy remake that he’d be stacking cheddar.

5. “Black Mexican/Black Ugly”
[View Here]
This parody of “Black Republicans” captured Wayne and Juelz’s cartoonish personalities perfectly. Ya diiiiiig?

HATE: VIRAL VIDEOS

1.DeHaven’s “Jay-Z Exposed” series
[View Here]
We’re still waiting for Jay’s former hustlin’ homie to shock us with this desperate, drawn-out hate fest.

2. J-Hood dragging his D-Block chain down the street
[ED. NOTE: Hood removed all traces of this video from the internet, only to replace it with THIS explanation.]
Biting the hand that used to feed you when you’ve never even had a hit record: bad idea.

3. Kanye Screaming on MTV at the VMAs
[View Here]
We’d seen Kanye throw hissy fits before, but its so much more annoying when he thinks the cameras are off.

4. MC Karl Rove
[View Here]
This mockery of rap was the most embarrassing thing created by the Bush administration since those non-existent WMDs.

5. Diddy’s banned “Unforgivable” commercial
[View Here]
Puff shouldn’t have even bothered preserving this anti-climactic, PG-13 sexy.


LOVE: XXLMAG.COM BLOG POSTS

1. YN’s 24 Posts In 24 Hours
It Is What It Is, Dec. 22-23
Call Guinness, because YN was breakin’ records on the weekend before Christmas. Our sleepless editor-in-chief spilled the beans on classic stories and gave some priceless advice to today’s MCs.

2. “Bill O’Reilly Is Mad Doggie”
Ill Doctrine, Sept. 27
Jay Smooth cleverly flipped the Fox News host’s own words to prove how baseless his anti-Nas stance was.

3. “Posse on Trendwatch: Crank Dat Everything”
Posse On Blogway, July 29
Noz compiles over 20 variations on this year’s biggest dance craze—before Soulja Boy even broke nationwide.

HATE: XXLMAG.COM BLOG POSTS

1. “Snitching Will Get You Stitches”
Got The Block On Lock, April 27
A long-running argument (which included Noz naming Billy “Captain Save A Hip-Hop”) almost came to blows when Billy threatened, “In the real world, you could get a smack for that.” We’re headed for self-destruction. Stop the violence!

2. “Are black Muslims with the terrorists?”
Bol’s Saturday Night Workout, May 24
The blogger we love to hate might have taken it too far on this one…

3. “Your daughters can suck it”
Bol’s Saturday Night Workout, Aug. 21
…and this one too. In fact, we ended up forcing Bol to remove this controversial post. “If I had known several of my posts would be taken down, I wouldn’t have bothered,” Bol remembers. “To think, I could have just as easily spent that time sleeping or eating barbecue or something. Fags.”


LOVE: COMMENTERS

1. TPAR a.k.a. these posts are racist
The anti-Bol.

2. The Spaniard
Byron Crawford Says: “The anti-TPAR. It was great fun watching the two of them go at it earlier this year. Then I met him in person while I was out in the Chi pounding 312s and rocking out to the New Pornographers. He bought me my 17th and 18th beers of the evening. Talk about an enabler!”

3. The Underwriter
Billy X. Sunday Says: “He gets it (no homo, of course). Here’s another writer who leaves thorough comments and he isn’t afraid to challenge status quo mindsets (no Stat Quo).”

HATE: COMMENTERS

1. PURPLE HULK
This is what happens when you keep all that hate bottled up inside.

2. Hannah Smith
Byron Crawford Says: “Like my own personal attack dog. It would’ve almost been worth keeping Tara Henley around just so Hannah Smith could go off on her. I suppose there’s still Elliott, on the rare occasions when he deems the Internets worthy of anything other than links to audio files.” [ED. NOTE: Bol actually wanted to include Hannah Smith in the "Love" portion of the list. We vetoed that.]

3. DARK/LOL (tie)
Billy X. Sunday Says: “Dark and LOL are prah’lee part of the after school English as second language class that uses XXL mag dot com as their classroom. That isn’t totally a bad thing either if they had the etiquette of people that value education. Discussions that include Dark/LOL amount to no more than pissing in the wind. All that ends up happening is your shoes will get wet up.”

BONUS HATE: Everyone who said we were censoring their comments
We weren’t. Patience is a virtue.


LOVE: CELEBRITY BLOGS

1. Just Blaze’s The Megatron Don
It’s no surprise that this nerd-turned-superproducer has the best grip on the blog format out of any of his famous peers.

2. Stretch Armstrong’s Konstant Kontact
His frequency leaves something to be desired, but when he actually blogs, this NYC DJ does it like only he can, dropping links to classic radio shows and unearthing rare jewels.

3. Prodigy’s HNIC 2 Blog
He’s new to the game, but P had a strong start by jotting down his pre-prison sentence thoughts.

HATE: CELEBRITY BLOGS

1. Mike Jones’ YouTube Channel/Video Blog
If we wanted this much contact with you, we’d call. It’s not like we forgot your number.

2. Saigon’s MySpace blog
Between hating on his label, quitting rap and then recanting his retirement a month later, this troubled NY rapper’s blog was one big nervous breakdown.

3. Jermaine Dupri’s Huffington Post Blog
We know you’re trying to get your Quincy on, but we’re pretty sure no one who reads your music business rants on this left-wing political site knows Jermaine Dupri from Jermaine Jackson.


LOVE: LOW-BUDGET MUSIC VIDEOS

1. Uncle Murda “Bullet Bullet”
[View Here]

2. Plies “100 Years”
[View Here]

3. Cool Kids “Black Mags”
[View Here]

4. Marco Polo f/ Master Ace “Nostalgia”
[View Here]

5. Prodigy “A,B,C’s”
[View Here]

HATE: LOW-BUDGET MUSIC VIDEOS

1. Scott Storch f/ Nox “Built Like Dat”
[View Here]

2. Remy Ma “Shesus Khryst”
[View Here]

3. Dame Grease f/ NORE & Styles “Sour Diesel”
[View Here]

4. Swizz Beatz f/ Fabolous & Cassidy “Big Things Poppin’”
[View Here]

5. J-Hood “One Hit Wonder Man”
[View Here]

  • Caine

    What up Spaniard!

  • kapa

    bootleg edition

  • ill G

    um..cool

  • yourFATazzMAMA

    i feel whut u talkin about bol bout Pimp-C, but u better watch whut u say about him for now on, cuz it looks like Bun-b iz gonna hunt y0 azz down, and have u for Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

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  • CHICAGO “G”

    “It’s gone be a hot summer B”
    “Harlem Dipset” LOL

  • render

    damn I aint seen a lot of this shit…that juelz/weezy shit is fuckin hilarious

    lol gotta get my internet game up

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  • PURPLE HULK

    HAHA
    IVE REALLY PISSED YOU PEOPLE OFF
    LOOKS LIKE IVE DONE MY JOB

  • Cassius

    lmao @ the Bol interview

  • http://myspace.com/woodrodropteam PURPLE HULK

    fuck this

  • Mr.Wang

    Bol finally on camera…..wow.

    Let the comments begin.

  • Brian

    LOL Bol u a funny looking ass nigga.lol y u smiling the whole fukin time. u have a mothafukin white man voice and u sound super gay when talking about kanye.

  • http://www.myspace.com/enioradio Neo

    thurrs noway swizz, fabo and cassidys video for their big things poppin is something i can hate from 07…yh it was low budget but song was hot, made the video hot…nah 2 thumbs down on that choice

  • http://xxlmag.com King B

    I put it down with the comments, what the fuck?

  • PURPLE HULK

    AND WHO THE FUCK DECIDED ON THIS SHIT ANYWAYS?
    WAS IT ALL YN? WAS IT THE BLOGGERS? OR WAS IT PEOPLE WHO JUST WORKED AT XXL?

    I WANNA KNOW WHO GOT SO OFFENDED AND UPSET AT MY COMMENTS, BECAUSE I NOW KNOW WHOEVER IT WAS IS A DAMN PUSSY.

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    BEST.

    Shout to XXL. You dudes get it too. Nolo.

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    Damn; PH is pissed. I thought he was happy at first…

    HAHA
    IVE REALLY PISSED YOU PEOPLE OFF
    LOOKS LIKE IVE DONE MY JOB

    From that, to the statement above.

    SYBGU (translate that to: Step Your Blog Game Up)

    Sorry, I’m feeling myself right now (NOLO).

    • N.O. 4 life

      for some odd reason i might actually step my blog game up to be mentioned next time around…and purple hulk is really consistent with his nonsense he deserves an award

    • PURPLE HULK

      IM NOT PISSED
      I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHO DECIDED ON THE LIST, AND WHO I PISSED OFF, BECAUSE WHOEVER IT WAS IS A PUSSY.

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    co-sign the list(s). i think however that a “best guest blog/worst” is in order and the list should be amended.

    peace.

  • Mystery

    Is this like the Hip Hop version of the Razzies?

  • b-ease

    bol IS tpar

  • moresickaMC

    I must admit…2007 was a very interesting year in hip-hop. I loved it!!
    Bol needs to go to confession though before the 1st.

  • moresickaMC

    Crooked I has had the sickest verses of 2007…pound for pound.

  • BIG O

    camron is a funny nigga,i never saw that rhyme book shit before hilarious.keep up the good work in 08 and please no more lil wayne gunit covers

  • Tyler

    Nice list of BullShit!

  • Penelope Rodriguez

    Yes, 2007 was quite an interesting year in hip hop.

    I really liked that “bill o’reilly is mad doggie” post. Sh*t was hilarious.

    And Scott Storch made a video? I didn’t know that

  • http://incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    The top blog posts all belong to Jay Smooth, no one even came close. And worse bloggers should include buddens, since he never ever posts.

  • cweed

    Didn’t Prodigy used to have a blog on the infamous website back in the day?

  • http://dirtyglovebastard.blogspot.com Dirty Glove Bastard

    I’m going to have to get my step my game up so I can make the most hated in ’08.

  • Notorious A.G.C.

    LOL @ BOLS low selfesteem,lookin at the floor, 20 whopper,555 dominoes pizza deal,idiotic smile,looked like hes still suckin his momma titty fat ass, lol i wonder how he likes it when the camera is on him, BOL, i respect your work, but you shoulda stayed off cameras b …BUT YO ALFONSO RIBIERO BIT ON KANYE WAS DA TRUTH!

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  • jacko

    man PH is bein a bitch thats a good thing u gota mention u spent the whole year sat on ur computer bitchin bot shit and touchin urself cause no1 else wud.and now u got a shout out 4 it.

    • PURPLE HULK

      SOUNDS LIKE SOMEONES ALL BUTTHURT OVER NOT GETTING A MENTION

      EVEN ONLINE, YOUR LIFE IS MEANINGLESS
      JUST KILL YO SELF.

  • jacko

    thats mayb the worse insult ive eva heard did a 12 year old give u it ur something!
    cause im pretty sure a man callin them self after the worse comic book person in the world cant have any real friends hes own age.so eat shit and and get knob cancer and ome back wen u can think of something on ur own boy!

    • PURPLE HULK

      YOU SERIOUSLY DONT KNOW WHERE I GOT MY NAME FROM?
      YOU HAVENT HEARD ONE OF THE GREATEST HIP HOP ALBUMS OF ALL TIME? YOU LOST.

  • Trickdd

    BOL A BITCH NIGGA THAT TALK SHIT BUT IF YOU SEEN HIM FACE TO FACE HE WOULDNT HAVE NUTN TO SAY ABOUT YOU

  • LOL

    SMH

  • kritiq

    y’all are just crazy

  • Trickdd

    BIG TUCK GOT DAT PURPLE HULK CD THAT SHIT RIDIN

    • PURPLE HULK

      ATLEAST SOMEONE HERE KNOWS HIP HOP.

      • Krime

        Shut da fuck up nigga… If u think “big tuck” is hip hop, then u probably think soulja boy is better dan rakim right??

        LOL u got sum balls! haha
        Fuckin clown

      • Mr.Wang

        Stop gettin’ on dat nigga Purple Hulk.

        I give dat nigga his props man he got his internet game up.

        Therefore I’ma step my game up starting today.

        And Bol why you lookin’ so shook up on camera fo nigga man up. Defend yo offensive ass comments.

        Everybody stay up.

        The Notorious W.A.N.G. is in da building!

        2008′s mine.

  • REESE

    DAMN…………..LMAO.

    BOL’S A NERD!!!

  • jacko

    thats just some southern shit tho so nah stil won!

  • texasleen

    my new years resoultion is just to hate on everything so ill just start early…man this shit is so weak step your game up xxl hate hate hate hate …that black mags video is tight so sorry for hood

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    to another great year of articles and beef!!! RIP everyone who passed away, Best Album of the year was Little Brother “Get Back” classic. 08′ Predictions:

    -West Coast will come back with a vengence
    - Dre WILL NOT drop detox
    -Eminem’s album will sell a few under 3 mill which is low for him
    - there will be a rap war
    -OutKast will make the Album of the year.
    -Jay Z will Cheat on B
    -Little Brother reunites!!

  • JB

    LOL @ BOL’S VOICE!!!!!HAHAHAHA

  • Tike Myson

    What the F is a “The Spaniard”? Never seen that name around and I was around here pretty much every other day. If I gave Big Moe Jr. a beer at a ghetto show would I be mentioned on the list even though no one ever noticed me? I bet yes. Fuck this list.

  • Jordan

    how in da hell yall gone hate the video 4 both Big Shit Poppin T.I.’s video and That 1 dat Cassidy and Fab made those was some dope videos

  • http://www.sp1200.net MirKed

    its been a weird year, lerts hope this year is better

  • Blak Blazini

    What a fuckin’ herb Bol is!!!

  • Around and Around

    “Oh you mad cause I’m stylin on you”

    -Best video of 06 or 07

  • me bitch

    its official cam’ron is gay

    i dont care want you all say that was the most bullshit thing ever

    GAY

  • PURPLE HULK

    I POSTED THE BOL INTERVIEW 6 MONTHS AGO, IM SURPRISED NONE OF YOU HAVE SEEN IT UNTIL NOW.

  • The Spaniard

    Caine, what’s happening brother?

    “What the fuck is a’The Spaniard’”
    Typically someone born in Spain…but in this case a movie character.

    “I’ll make you famous”
    ~William Bonney

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Figga 8

    Peace To All,

    lmaoo, ya’ll shot da fuck out, happy new years XXL and Readers, keep it up, my first semi-year on here was enjoyable…

    Peace!

  • http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/FOFENT BIG HOOD

    ALL IN ALL…HIP HAS BEEN AT A LOW SINCE ABOUT
    2001…NO REAL LIFE MUSIC HAS HTI BIG IN A MINUTE…BUT HANDS DOWN 07′ MAYBE THE WORST HIP HOP HAS EVER HAD…GET UR SHIT TOGETHERS FELLAS…ITS TIME TO BRING IT BACK

    BIGHOOD…THE ENFORCER

  • fundz money

    Yup… that was 2007 in a nutshell… great post.

  • Maddolies

    Im Sure TPAR is dat Guy dat used to write on these religiously a year ago.. Rey.

  • Anti-radio

    Where’s Krs One’s Hip Hop lives video? That was the best video of 2007, and by far the most creative Hip Hop video in years.

  • doctor69

    damn i lost out to the black hulk anyway i’m back for the crown and best was tampon aka can rum miles