Hello. Is this thing on?

I would imagine that most people reading this are somewhat familiar with my work. But then I had never heard of some of the random mixtape DJs XXL, for whatever reason, decided to have blog here, and it occurred to me that it does seem rather presumptuous to assume that people would know who I am just because this is a hip-hop site and I run the only hip-hop blog on the Internet.

I mean, it’s not like I’ve got my own series of quasi-legal CD-Rs of “freestyles” and garbage studio outtakes, though that is something I may consider going forward. Lord knows a brother could use the money[1].

My name is Byron Crawford, though most people on the Internets call me Bol, which is Swahili for “The Gulliest One.” As you can see, I take no small amount of pride in my African heritage. When I’m not working like a hebrew slave at a series of soul-crushing minimum wage jobs I devote most of my free time to doing community outreach with black and “latino” youth.

No homo.

I run a website (perhaps you’ve heard of it) called ByronCrawford.com: The Mindset of a Champion in which I educate today’s youth on some of the most pressing issues of the day, including racism, homophobia, healthy living, respect for women, tolerance for religion, and who really runs the record industry.

A committed feminist, I also donate as much money as I can (sometimes more) to underprivileged female college students in a small, rural town called Sauget, Illinois. Because as far as I’m concerned, it’s one thing to talk about it on the Internet, but it’s a whole other thing to put your money where your mouth is. Literally.

I’ve lived in an around St. Louis, MO all my life, except for a five year period I spent in a tiny, rural town called Chicken Switch, MO. I hold a degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in marketing, from Truman State University, as well as a certificate in Food Safety I earned at White Castle.

In addition to hip-hop, I’m also a big fan of the album New Miserable Experience by the Gin Blossoms.

That website:

[1] If you have the tools and talent to put one of these together, contact me. I’d be willing to lend my name (and also XXL‘s) and my likeness for a small cut of the profits. Say 85%.

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  • http://nahright.com eskay

    *looks around nervously


  • Bollus

    First, bitches…

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  • http://songz.blogspot.com nofrontin

    I’m buying a copy of XXL to reward them for this ingenious hire.

  • Lucifer

    Bol, you gettin paid for this shit?

  • WeissCakes

    i dont believe u.

  • http://www.unkut.com Robbie

    You’ve aleardy made an impression with DJ ipod aka DJ Drama, judging by his first post:

    “Pharrell – http://www.bbcicecream.com – classic. The bol is spittin.”

    Freudian slip?

  • rec

    For those of you who are new to this, don’t get it twsited. Bol isn’t just a Blogger but a Philanthropist!

  • dollar_wells

    Mayne, for someone as well known as Teh Internets’ only hip-hop blogger, you sure could use another headshot (nullus).

  • http://xxlmag.com kvdvdguy

    I know. And sadly, that’s one of the few pictures I’ve taken since I graduated high school, way back in ’99.

  • Coop


  • yes!


  • http://www.dallaspenn.com William H.

    The boys are back in town, but where’s nastack and djxplicit? nullus, of course.

  • http://speedbored.blogspot.com Johnthan Speed, the Internets’ Most Hated Man

    So…what are your opinions on another young, successful, intelligent, kid-friendly, motivational speaker/rapper being arrested for gun possession?

  • http://www.abitnice.com/canibringmygat/ bse

    When I read your posts my brain reads them in the voice of Strongbad. Try it at home. Peas.

  • http://rakimfan.blogspot.com rakimfan

    The bar has been lowered inn Hip Hop, thanks to songs like Laffy Taffy. Your thoughts?

  • http://www.byroncrawfordsucks.com LEFTTEFT

    byron crawford sucks, the dumbass bizatch

  • daesonesb

    mmmmmmmmmmm budday

    i have a feeling you are too insensitive for this environment. Unless, of course, you actually give to feminists.. which would cause me much laughter.

  • Corvin

    Strippers are all about women’s empowerment.

  • Che

    >I educate today’s youth on some of the most pressing issues of the day, including racism, homophobia, healthy living, respect for women, tolerance for religion.

    I am very much dismayed with xxl’s appointment of this good for nothing oaf. on the subject of the above quote I would like to highlight the fact that that on march the 3rd byroncrawford.com had a post titled ‘islam is the worst religion’.

    Comments featured in the post by Mr Crawford included ‘Islam led last week’s poll of the world’s worst religion, and I’d have to say that seems about right.’ he went on to say ‘Muslims were bad enough when they were just blowing themselves up so they could make it with 72 self-replenishing virgins’

    Apart from this byroncrawford.com is littered with homophobic remarks and racist comments against mexicans, muslims, jews etc.

    I will be writing to the xxl management and strongly urge others to do the same.

    I will also be sending out a petition for the removal of Mr Crawford from this otherwise reputable site. If you would like to receive a copy of the petition please e-mail me on cheguevarawithblingon@googlemail.com to remove this man that advocates hate against religion and race, and furthermore condones the rape of your mothers, sisters, wives and daughters.

  • radnuw

    ^^^^^^ CHE

    Take a chill pill .. dude it’s just entertainment .. an internet persona… Not that he promotes this type of stuff (nullus).. I think the dudes a geniuz..

  • http://speedbored.blogspot.com Jay Guevara

    Yeah, man, stop getting so Issac Hayes on us.

  • daesonesb

    Bol is — like south park — an equal opportunity hater. In that same article he had some harsh things to say about christianity. Also lets not forget touchdown jesus.

    Get off this board and go listen to zach de la rocha. I bet you wear t shirts with che’s picture on them, dont you? Should be ashamed of yourself…

  • http://speedbored.blogspot.com Jay Guevara

    By the way…
    Muslims=not a race
    Jews=not a race
    Both are religions…
    If you’re gonna “fight the power”, at least know what the fuck you’re talking about.
    Have a nice day. :)

  • http://juliabonham.blogspot.com Julia

    Wait. Did anyone notice “Che”‘s email address?

    What a douche — with bling on!

    The world loves you, Bol.
    Even us feminists.

  • Che

    julia, jay guevara and daesonesb, your ignorance is astounding, do you have any idea the extent to which media influences human behaviour? no.

    in response to fucking idiots like yourselves who for some reason are proud of the fact that they are ignorant to serious issues i would like you to imagine your girlfriend being gang raped. i would like to imagine your little sister being gang raped. imagine your grandmother being raped.


    and as a matter of fact bol was once tempted to do the raping, as he admits on his website.

    The oaf is not a genius. he works in wal-mart. his partner is a twelve year old named little walt or whatever. anybody that considers him a genius is nothing short of a dumbfuck.

    Byron Crawford is tabloid garbage and nothing more than further evidence of a generation of idiots that at every possible opportunity emulate the lives of those in sitcoms such as ‘Friends’ and ‘Will & Grace’ and are afraid of confronting real issues that are not as cosmetically enhanced, such as guantanamo bay.

    So go ahead, support the racist, homophobic, rapist if you like but if at any time in your life you feel as though you’ve been wronged on any one of these issues, shut the fuck up and accept the bitch in yourself.

    p.s. thank you to those of you who have e-mailed me in support of this issue, I will respond to all of your e-mails as soon as i can.

  • Combat Jack

    Good shite dude.

    ^ “I’m buying a copy of XXL to reward them for this ingenious hire.”


  • notsoserious


    Seriously – dude you need to learn to have a laugh at jokes and stress less. You’ll live longer.

  • http://juliabonham.blogspot.com Julia

    Why does working at Wal*Mart automatically bring into question a person’s level of intellect question?

    I find your inability to comprehend obvious, outrageous wit (not to mention subtle humor) patently offensive.

    My supposed “ignorance” to the world is a non-factor in this situation. I am a 2nd year law student, ACLU board member, and civil rights enthuiast who is deeply devoted to fighting the very attitudes & behaviors you project on Bol.

    Why would I continue to read and support Bol’s blogging if I honestly thought him to be a racist, rapist, or homophobic?


  • http://juliabonham.blogspot.com Julia

    ^correction – “bring into question a person’s level of intellect?”

  • http://www.altrap.com A to the L

    ‘bol oaf’

    don’t they make stereos?

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    For the record, I’m against rape.

  • Che

    “True Story: When I was in the 8th grade, this kid named Arod Sanchez tried to get me to join the Crips, who were starting up a “set” in Creve Coeur. In order to get in I was going to have to rape a woman (which I was looking forward to) and spray paint a building and shoot a few Chinese people.”

    Check it out for yourselves on the oaf’s website if you like, http://www.byroncrawford.com/2005/12/stanley_tookie_.html

    For the record, of course.

  • http://juliabonham.blogspot.com Julia

    Oh my.

    Things have changed.

    You just copied and pasted something we’ve all read a number of times!

    Bol, how could you?!?

    All of the jokes I assumed were jokes are no longer jokes. From that one, horrific passage… I can see that you really are a bad person.

    Thank you, Kid who is probably wearing a Che shirt that was made in an Indonesian sweatshop. Thank you for opening our eyes to Bol’s ultimate evil.

    Double Douche.

    You still don’t get it, do you?

  • Che

    There is no evidence of humour in the above statement. but you go ahead, hide behind your ‘i was just joking’ argument once you’re backed into a corner. ignorant people are so predictable..

  • Che

    a man admits to looking forward to raping someone who could be your daughter, sister or mother and you respond with ‘oh, he was just joking, the ugly oaf really has a heart of gold’ he’s not shrek. even though there is a resemblance.

  • http://juliabonham.blogspot.com Julia

    Wait a minute.

    Did Bol run over YOUR dog?!

    That would explain a lot of your mystery aggression.

    I would love to hear your dissertation on the predictability of ignorance. I’m sure you could guess my moves 8 steps in advance… unless I start making jokes. Then you would simply deem me a rapist.

  • Che

    ha ha, the incoherence of your ignorance amuses me.

  • jeff atkins

    Bobbin’ by Trackliners

    You should found out about the Trackliners. They got this song called Bobbin’ It’s on the internet on Limewire. it has ervery club and car in the south beating out of control. Every college campus is going crazy over this song. You need to hear the beat it is crazy.

  • http://speedbored.blogspot.com Jay Guevara

    Wow, so if I put a word in a sentence that I just think sounds cool (“incoherence”) without probably knowing what it mean, I can sound like an “educated” man as well? I never realized it was that simple.

    Well, let’s see. The supercalafragilisticespialidociousity of your superiority complex makes me want to expel your brains from your cranium. And, for the record, “cheguevarawithblingon”? LMAO, and you talk about everyone else being ignorant. You’re the one perpetuating stereotypes (young man, probably angry about some small shit, goes on a tirade about nothing significant because he’s too incompetent to actually understand a bit of sarcasm while he brags about his “bling”) I’ve got two words for you: Nigga please.

    And I feel bad that I actually went through all of this for some imbecile who believes that he knows what he’s talking about.

  • Che

    wow, you’re quick jay. it only took you 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 days to respond. LMAO.

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  • Doc Flav

    Che Run Dat Shit! You All Can Call Me A Douche Cause Im All For Cleaning Out Stankin Pussys. This Type Of Humor Is Uncalled For And Is Far From Hip Hop. “Only Hip Hop Blog?” Now That Was Funny, But Not As Funny As “Civil Rights Enthusiast.” Im Glad To See You A Fan Of The Struggle. LOL!


    incoherence is neither a big word or is it cool

  • sandino

    Allow me to re-introduce myself my name is ^ S to the AN d, I no, that’s sandino, similar to them letters no latino could do em better