The other “A” team

Ever since the days of Busy Bee Starski and Kool Moe Dee, and probably a while before that (but who cares), rappers have been famous for beefing back and forth with one another. But recently, the people who write about hip-hop have gotten damn near as bad as the rappers themselves.

Yesterday there was a bit of drama at my own site having to do with an incident that took place at this year’s South by Southwest. Lynne d Johnson of Vibe magazine, upset that I once called her Lesbo Johnson, took this year’s Blogging While Black panel there as an opportunity to air out yours truly.

I wasn’t even aware that the two of us had an issue, but rather than continue the discussion on the Internet, where I might get a word in edgewise, she decided to call me out in front of her people down at South by Southwest. So I had a little fun with her yesterday on my own blog.

Speaking of Vibe magazine, the blog bittervibes is written by an anonymous, disgruntled Vibe staffer. Recently it’s become the world’s shittiest gossip blog, but it started out talking mad greasy about her (and it has to be a her) Vibe co-workers, especially editor-in-chief Mimi Valdes, who she claimed might be getting it on with known bisexual Kimora Lee Simmons. Hot!

She also pokes fun at the sheer ineptitude of the rest of the magazine’s staff and the staff of other “urban” magazines. If you notice, some idiot at Vibe actually misspelled the word villains on this month’s cover. What a bunch of fuck-ups.

Meanwhile, MySpace might be the hot new thing for disgruntled hip-hop journalists. Not only can you vent your frustrations with the mean world of hip-hop journalism, but you can pick up a hot young girlfriend while you’re at it. That’s what us brothers in the ghetto like to call a twofer.

Take for example Ronin Ro, who once wrote for the inferior print version of XXL. He’s recently taken to building a blog and profile at MySpace, and damnit he’s taken to it with a vengeance. Since he signed up on January 14th he’s collected no less than 509 friends, mostly young women. One girl in his top 8, who calls herself Technohippy Chic, is only 14 years old.

She’s really cute too. I can hardly blame the brother.

His blog mostly consists of erotic sex tales and ranting about how other hip-hop journalists are biting his style, but he’s also taken a few swipes at his former colleagues. In an entry marked March 16, 2006 he alleges that XXL once tried to have him ask Twista something that would have gotten the rapper killed by some notorious Chicago underworld figure known as “Bulletholes.”

Damn these hip-hop journalists!

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  • janice

    Don’t the staff at Vibe know how to use spell check? Hilarious!

  • dollar_wells

    I thought Blogging while Black was something 5-0 pulled you over in the hood for. Anywho — I kinda have to agree with some of the points that damn Magic Johnson makes about your starting up various beefs — but hey, that’s what drove me to the site in the first place. I mean, I think I’ve read better album reviews in Teen People.

    Whatevs. And I though political-blogger beefs were boring. Keep putting in work.

  • plumdrank

    “His blog mostly consists of erotic sex tales and ranting about how other hip-hop journalists are biting his style…”

    (no exo)

  • Ronin Ro

    Byron: I never mentioned XXL in that post you described. I wrote about something called “We Love Interscope.” What are YOU trying to say about XXL? Also, Technohippy Chick sent out a bulletin at 4:12 PM on 4/4/06, which I’ve saved that invites me to her 29th birthday party. Why would you write this?

  • Byron Crawford

    Yeah, that’s the one I’m talking about.
    And Ronin Ro’s just another Hip hop jounalist who thinks that people like me are stealing from people like him. Nothing on this blog is in his style. For one thing, he seems to like women. i am a gay man, and am only one of the few homosexual bloggers on

  • Ronin Ro

    Byron: you claimed and feel a few things and that’s fine… my only real objection to your post, however is your claim that someone in my Top 8 was fourteen years old. When she’s 29. And by the way I’m not a “hiphop journalist.” I wrote about Lee/Kirby in Tales to Astonish and also cover the Ramones, horror movies, and–as opposed to the erotica you mentioned–a few false starts, setbacks and misunderstandings of recent years. Your readers should stop by. And if you send a Friend Request, I’d accept. You’re a good writer when you’re not attacking one of the good guys.

  • Ronin Ro

    Hey XXL:
    I created a lot; I saved The Source in 94; I gave Vibe some power with some cover stories; and I even worked near some of you at these places or The hiphop audience sees everyone hating me for no reason and its not really doing this game any good. We’re on the same side here but you guys don’t see it. Either way, I wish you all well…

  • Ronin Ro

    Few hours later here… did some thinking and realize I can’t overlook what this blog is trying to imply. Also don’t understand how you can allow something like this to even be posted… Especially since if you visit Technohippy’s profile at

    It clearly states her age as 28… and the bulletin I’ve saved from her, sent yesterday, invites people to her 29th birthday party… why would you post this? I’ve already asked Rheingold and Page. I believe an apology is in order. And a retraction. I feel I’ve been severely wronged here. This is no laughing matter. You’re hurling a serious and false allegation–and for no reason I feel but malice and a reckless disregard for the facts. (I mean, the piece starts with an insult.)

  • Jar Jar Doinks

    That’s messed up, man!

    I guess all that stuff they say about the media being liars…is true. I checked out the page and I didn’t see anything except some hot chicks, a few rap fans, and alot of hot chicks!

    Hey Ronin Ro, you have a new fan. Joined myspace just to see whats going on with the whole thing and the blogs are great.

    Just add more him hop shit to it!


  • Tyler

    while U are on myspace do yourself a favor & hit up this whole blog was crazy off tha’ glass.