Bitch this, bitch that…

A week or so ago, there was a segment on ABC News having to do with why rap albums these days are selling as if they might give you teh ghey. Part of the segment involved street interviews with random-ass people walking around the streets of New York.

They went up to this one old cracka-ass cracka and asked him why rap music isn’t doing as well as other genres of music, and I thought he had an interesting response. According to this old crackety crack, people aren’t buying rap music as much because it’s too offensive. Who wants to hear all that cursing and violence and disrepect for women and so on and so forth?

Well, other than myself.

Now granted, hip-hop isn’t made for middle aged cracka-ass crackas (or Oprah, for that matter), so who gives a shit what they think anyway. But on the other hand, hip-hop is a billion dollar a year (er, whatever) industry. If there’s a buck to be made going after old-ass white people why not go after it? Lord’s knows us d-bags can’t be counted on to support anything.

One of the things that struck me about the incident earlier this year with Oprah and Ludacris and Fiddy and what have you is that Oprah claimed to like hip-hop, and I’m tempted to believe her. It’s just that so much of it is so filthy, why even run the risk of tainting her gozillion dollar multimedia empire by being associated with it?

It’s easy to get self-righteous about artistic expression and censorship and what have you, but lest we forget, the issue with Oprah was a case of hip-hop artists looking to her show as an opportunity to bring their various projects to a more mainstream audience. This was hardly a matter of Oprah trying to dictate what these jigs rap about.

The message was clear though: If you want that will.i.am money, you’ve got to teh ghey it up a bit.

Now, am I suggesting that rappers work on making their images more palatable to old white people? Of course not. Lord knows most hip-hop these days is shitty enough as it is. I wouldn’t be surprised though if that’s what happens anyway. Take for example Jay-Z dressing like my father and rapping about not putting rims on his Mercedes.

I know you d-bags hate it when I mention your idol/boss Jay-Z, but do you think it’s a coincidence that his music has gotten so shitty during a time when he’s showing up in more TV commercials and magazine covers than ever?

  • So Jazzy

    i hate you

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    Jay makes music for old white guys now or just old people in general

    I wish the old Ice Cube from the AMW era came back and terrified these crackas.

    Maybe Rage Against The Machine can reunite and terrify honkies again.

  • Incilin

    Hold on a sec, I thought the whole music industry sales were down, not just rap. I figured downloading was the problem. I don’t know, this comes as a surprise to me. But whatever. As far as dirty lanuage, who gives a shit? I can recall albums like Doggystyle (With lyrics like; “all my niggas and my bitches and all my niggas and my bitches who don’t fuck” etc. etc.) selling massive amounts of units. As well as diamond albums like Life After Death and The Marshall Mathers LP having insane amounts of cursing and violence (“Fucking You Tonite” and “Kim” come to mind respectivly). “Cracka ass crackers” (As you call them) love to complain about cursing in hip hop as a way to present it in a negative light.

  • content

    better question….

    who cares?

  • justlisten

    rap music is offensive right NOW! Most of these rappers talkin about the same thing. Rap music now has no meaning or story that a rapper could share with its listeners. I like Jay’s grown man attire and music becuase that is who he is and how he lives. He ain’t no million dollar ganstar so why should he rap about selling drugs,shooting people or sleeping with lots of women If he aint doing that. Even if Caucasian folks aren’t buying rap music, I won’t even buy it unless I hear some real lyricist rap something good. (Shout out to NAS and JOE BUDDENS)

  • Flip

    Not my Mama biscuits!

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    YUCK

  • P

    damn sometimes you write shit just to write… The “offensive” part is what white people like about rap, it’s what makes it “exotic” and “edgy”.

    You’re right about Jay being more “safe” in his music these days and that this probably makes the mainstream advertising dollars come alot easier, but none of that would have come about if it wasn’t for his “dangerous” past. He might be “safe” for corporate America now, but he wouldn’t have any commercial potential if it wasn’t for the Big Pimpin days.

  • Fernando

    not me. But Jay rapping about his W2 forms and taxes isnt what people are looking for. i grew up on Jay the hustler, now its all about what kinds of fabric he is going to wear to the hamptons, and what kind of sh*tty champagne he is going to drink in 07. Once the frat-boy crowd gets a hold of your music and bumps it to no end, things cant go anywhere but down.

    He should just name his next album “Interior Design”.

    BTW, hip hop is no more offensive than it was 15 years ago. Remember NWA? Digital Underground “sex packets”?, Too $hort??!?!?!?!?! Just dont ask old white people about hip-hop. Its like asking Dog the Bounty Hunter about astro-physics…..they just dont understand.

  • Fernando

    Oh yeah,

    WHat the F*#k is up with the Bow Wow banner ad on this page??

    How are you gonna have some xtra-grimey / thugged out picture for an album with the lead single “shortie like mine” which is the teh gheyest song evar????

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    dont point the finger at rap music…you got girls gone wild(WHITE GIRLS)popping up as a commercial…with skinny white sluts drunk as a mofo slobing on eachother posing as if their sexy…thats garbage and trash…

    …but anyways sure the rappers can use less offensive language…then again thats what walmart is for they have all the censored music…

    …and what about rock and all that satanic shit…

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Jay is lame he goes with what works for him…which is self centered…now he has to rub icy hot on his knees before getting out of bed so he wants hip hop to grow old with his fraud ass

  • content

    why the fuss. rappers have and always will exploit what white America views as offensive.

  • B-Ease

    but do you think it’s a coincidence that his music has gotten so shitty during a time when he’s showing up in more TV commercials and magazine covers than ever?

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    Real interesting theory…

  • B-Ease

    You’re right about Jay being more “safe” in his music these days and that this probably makes the mainstream advertising dollars come alot easier, but none of that would have come about if it wasn’t for his “dangerous” past. He might be “safe” for corporate America now, but he wouldn’t have any commercial potential if it wasn’t for the Big Pimpin days.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Good shit…

  • jack daniells

    y da fuc dis homo da only one writing a muhfucin blog

  • jimmy

    “why rap albums these days are selling as if they might give you teh ghey.”

    classic.

    follow through with your own answer as to why the fuck no one cops rap albums anymore, and you’ll probably have the two most important post you’ve done in a whiiile. not even kidding. good shit.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freshmakerodbeatz lukee lefty

    well im 23 and i like kingdom come alot theres a part of me that wants to be big pimpin and there is also a part that KC appealed to.

    but rap music isnt selling because people are waiting for the next revolution and rap fans arent as devoted as Rock fans so they dont buy rap music unless its there favorite favorite artists

    you wanna know whats killing hiphop ?? all these indie/underground rappers. they stopped being fans and become competitiors(sp) everymotherfucka that buys fruity loops and a mic trying to be the next Kanye, Jay-z 50 cent is killing hiphop cause 95% of them suck donkey dick and instead of supporting hiphop they are creating shitty music that would actually make you wanna hear kingdom Come

  • B-Ease

    you wanna know whats killing hiphop ?? all these indie/underground rappers.

    ^^^^^^^^^^

    Huh????

  • Bootleg Bill

    Damn it Bol. You are correct. But you know what the problem is with Hip Hop right now.. . . .. . . niggaz r lazy. Yes, I said it. We’re looking for some one to save Hip Hop, save the community, save us but we need to look within. Imagine if your favorite mogel owned his own distribution company and influential marketing agency. Guess what people? Rapper john doe does. It’s called the internet – and word of mouth. Its not just niggaz but all muthaphuker forgot how to work for what they want.

  • http://aimsfest.blogspot.com Ethan

    is “bitch this bitch that” a reference to Disposable Heroes of Hiphopracy?

  • http://www.myspace.com/freshmakerodbeatz lukee lefty

    what im saying is instead of getting a career they get jobs to fund recording equipment

    music becomes their career. they arent fans anymore.

    they dont do hiphop for fun for them its hustle

    these days rappers doesnt have fans and if you are a fan you are called a dickrider

    thats why people feel hiphop is dead because hiphop used to be something done for fun that can pay you a lot of money, now its a hustle more mixtapes you put out the more money you get dont matter whether they are good or not

  • content

    @lukee lefty

    please just stop

  • http://www.myspace.com/freshmakerodbeatz lukee lefty

    no

  • BloodRaw

    bol whats up with this shitty ass website

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    WAMP WAMP

  • Bang

    I’m guessing as time goes by, and that more vh1 honor’s shows are made, well eventually geezer rap will be made. a lot of old rappers will come back, and white people may buy it. shit, it’s bound to happen

  • http://www.myspace.com/freshmakerodbeatz lukee lefty

    obviously there are talented unsigned producering dudes out there (myself included) but every movement needs followers everyone trying to be the leader sometimes you gotta fall back and support this hiphop movement

  • Incilin

    Lukee Lefty you are on some other shit. I don’t know how you came up with that theory but it makes no sense to me. I mean, don’t you think all those people who are “trying to the next Jay” actually love hip hop and Jay and that’s why they make music. I mean Kanye used to be one of those guys making his own music in a room in Chicago and now, well hes Kanye. In fact, if anything about hip hop is promising is that all those dudes can put thier music out now and present new voices.

  • B-Ease

    By followers, do you mean fans??

    So some people shouldnt make music, just buy it??

    I guess thats true, but is the number of people using fruity loops really what you believe to be the main cause of hiphops sales decline??

    Not to be a dick, but i honestly dont completely understand what your saying.Its not very clear.

  • B-Ease

    I mean, i went to a Little Brother show last year and there were alot of underground cats (Kev Brown, Oddisee) there supporting. Incillin made a good point.anybody taking the time to work that damn fruity loops has got to have at least a little bit of love for the game. even if they don’t, i dont think that means Jay’s not gonna sell out the garden when he does he next show.

    What about downloading, wack albums, and ringtones??Not to say these are the only cause (even tho most think they are) but they seem a little more viable than your too many producers,not enough fans theory.

    You may have out thought yourself on this one, or maybe i just dont get it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freshmakerodbeatz lukee lefty

    its a catch 22 in my opinion i mean you love hiphop then why not do it right ??

    but at the same time local hood rappers that suck and will neva blow up on a national scene take away from the sales of deserves rappers that have talent (Lupe’s, Ghost)

    people from the local hood support their local hood rapper ova Lupe, Lupe flops and because of that instead of pushing the real we get “laffy taffy”, and “chicken noodle soup” all day

    im just using Lupe as an example but you could place any underselling rapper here

  • http://www.myspace.com/gopentertainment Sayso is Donny Slaughter

    Tha rap sales are down becuz we Black folks are tha main ones downloading this music cuz we ain’t scared of no threats by police, or whoeva else say we can’t sell bootleg cd’s!!! And lookin’ at the state of our budgets, wit our broke asses, we’d rather pay less than market prices for cd’s, especially since U only gettin’ 2 or 3 good songs anywayz. Look who’s cryin’ about not payin’ alot for a muffler, Black ass George Forman!!! It’s probably a million boot leg cd salespersons in DC alone, and it ain’t gonna get better, plus U know more white people buy rap music-in stores than Blacks, which pisses they daddy’s off, shyt these White kids be cussin’ out their parents, so how they gonna say whut’s offensive when they can’t even control their own offensive ass kids!!! LOL!!!

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    http://www.cdbaby.com/sayso
    http://www.myspace.com/gopentertainment

  • B-Ease

    I guess what your saying is a little clearer but i definetly dont agree.Its all good tho.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freshmakerodbeatz lukee lefty

    basically its like this:

    i do beatz amd instead of listening to the radio or b.e.t. i spend my time on my music because its the most important thing to me.

    when i do listen to rap albums i listen and compare i download instead buy cause im thinking why support my competition ??

    thats real to me and i know it may seem complicated but message me on myspace we can talk and argue about my dumb ass theories i gotta bounce though

    http://www.myspace.com/freshmakerodbeatz

  • B-Ease

    Tha rap sales are down becuz we Black folks are tha main ones downloading this music cuz we ain’t scared of no threats by police, or whoeva else say we can’t sell bootleg cd’s!!! And lookin’ at the state of our budgets, wit our broke asses, we’d rather pay less than market prices for cd’s, especially since U only gettin’ 2 or 3 good songs anywayz. Look who’s cryin’ about not payin’ alot for a muffler, Black ass George Forman!!! It’s probably a million boot leg cd salespersons in DC alone, and it ain’t gonna get better, plus U know more white people buy rap music-in stores than Blacks, which pisses they daddy’s off, shyt these White kids be cussin’ out their parents, so how they gonna say whut’s offensive when they can’t even control their own offensive ass kids!!! LOL!!!

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    Im pretty sure you’re a white dude being tongue and cheek (pause) but that the George Foreman shit was pretty funny.I cant lie.

    If you are black, funny. If you are white, funny but i hope a black bouncer open hand slaps you the next time you go the bar with your girlfriend.

  • FRANK

    internet killed hip-hop.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gopentertainment Sayso is Donny Slaughter

    If U wanna know if I’m Black or white, I left a site 2 check me out!!!!

  • sATaLyte

    The problem with rap, is we left it in the hands of twelve year olds.

    They shit all over it, now we don’t want it.

    Who the fuck is a good rapper anymore anyway.

    DMX = hooked on crack, rap took a L
    Tupac = immortalized, another L
    Wu = no more RZA beats, rap is on life support
    Nas = immense talent/shitty beats/songs/thinks shitty title will cause shock, rap loses again.
    Rappers really stopped caring about the music = !!Knockout!!

  • Avenger

    People please calm down rap must have a decline like all forms of modern music that were once “” niche culture only to become mainstream when the marketing machines needed a new flavor and villian. Hiphop has always been the perfect enemy it is a mostly black culture,with roots in the inner city, most of it’s subject matter deals and delt with these peoples perspective even if they are faking or presenting squewed veiws. Them key to this equation is truely the subject matter and the delivery. When NWA ,Schooly D and Just Ice first brought the more street ideal into hip-hop like gang buster the whole idea was taboo it was cool because it was wild young and foreign semingly uncontrollable. Now it is part of everyday fabric, now the white listener is used to the idea of the inner city social ills and the taboo has begin to wear off. If you are a “” Gangsta rapper you are a dime a dozen, instead of a new abrasive taboo sound. The one trick pony stylings of rappers today is typical to all music forms that had to endure this inculding the hair bands of the 80′s. They were once the bad boys looking back they looked like a bunch of trannies with guitars. Looking back Jeezy will look and sound like the fool he is once the next thing comes to take his place.

    P.S. music as a whole will be experiencing fewer sales due to the following:

    1. record labels release wack shiiiiit
    2. the industry won’t embrase change they want to keep hoeing these so called pimps and players
    3. downloading but wack shiiiit trained people to do this because album prices sky rocketed and the music quality dropped through the floor
    4. New technology and forms of entertainment now effect the buying publics decision on where to spend there money.

    Jay-Z has lost his angst but still wants to rhyme when you rich it is hard to be angry he could try being more social political or creative like ghostface but he is such a pop money whore that that would probably feel like a razor to the throught.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gopentertainment Sayso is Donny Slaughter

    I’m an indie artist doin’ my own shyt, and sellin’ my own shyt!!! I finished my cd in May and had it pressed in June and since July, I’ve sold a thousand of my own cd’s with no store help and no second or third hand help, and no radio help, now I’ve created enuff of a buzz in DC 2 put my shyt in stores, but I ain’t gettin’ raped by these labels for no 8 cents on a dollar either, I flipped a G basically 5 times, now who’s grindin’???

  • http://www.thesbdexperience.com livefromthe225

    America’s perception with female sexuality is overall offensive…hip hop just happens to be black-oriented so when we do it, it plays back into the black man being an overly sexual beast of sort (grown men don’t have to say no homo)…we’re just so damn blatantly vulgar that it’d make anybody cringe, but I don’t think that has shit to do with records not selling…records aren’t selling because rappers are putting out albums that sound turds splashing in toilets

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    LMAO @ the bow wow ads quite possibly the gayest ads in xxl history

  • http://xxlmag.com thats him thats that bastard

    sATaLyte Says:

    December 29th, 2006 at 4:32 pm
    The problem with rap, is we left it in the hands of twelve year olds.

    They shit all over it, now we don’t want it.

    Who the fuck is a good rapper anymore anyway.

    DMX = hooked on crack, rap took a L
    Tupac = immortalized, another L
    Wu = no more RZA beats, rap is on life support
    Nas = immense talent/shitty beats/songs/thinks shitty title will cause shock, rap loses again.
    Rappers really stopped caring about the music = !!Knockout!!

    his rap album did cause a shock…everybody thats not making good fucking music feels some type way. Rap is good depending on who you listen too. Shit i still fuck with the niggas that had it poppin in the mid 90′s jay, nas, bone, dmx, and as for the new school people that really can rap lloyd banks, buck, wayne, ti, luda, chamillionaire, slim thug. its ppl like d4l and dem franchize boyz that make hip hop look so damn pop. That shit isnt cool by any means…rap is becoming a lost art form because if you think about it crack rap and that snapping shit is the only thing really moving but i cant listen to a whole album full of that shit…somebody needs to take that shit back to 96 when music was music. Not fucking dance records and shit

  • Hurricane Game

    Fernando Says:

    December 29th, 2006 at 2:54 pm
    Oh yeah,

    WHat the F*#k is up with the Bow Wow banner ad on this page??

    How are you gonna have some xtra-grimey / thugged out picture for an album with the lead single “shortie like mine” which is the teh gheyest song evar????
    —————————————-cO-sign on dat. Bow Wows about as gangsta as Chris Brown Or Diddy.

  • Hurricane Game

    I hope DMX makes another Where the hood at? The anti-gay lyrics always give me a laugh. and lines like “Shove your head up your ass, Have you seeing shit clearly, I buss my dick off in your eye, so you can see me cumin, and yeah i know your style, pussy cause im fuckin it.

  • Hurricane Game

    Fuck you Bol. Yet another annoying comment about Jay. I used to hate him too but since hearing his stuff before 2004, the mans grown on me. Still nowhere near Nas.
    Bol your just a single Virgin living with his Mom and thinks he’s clever because he has a column on xxl mag and can say D-Bags without giggling like a Little girl.

  • Twelve

    Downloading is obviously what’s killin’ rap sales, plain and simple.

    There is only one thing better than a Classic rap album ……….. a *free* Classic rap album

    And if you wanna say “well why are other genre’s doing good?” Imma tell you this …

    Cats that listen to Country music and shit and even the parents of the little “Rockers” got money and when you got money, you don’t give a shit about downloading free music .. you just buy the shit (as well as the “pussification factor” in which half of them are scared of “getting caught”) .. believe me, I’ve met some of these people

    Minorities are opportunists (cuz we’ve been gettin’ fucked for so long – no Wilmer Valderrama) so even if we (including me) had mad doe, i’d pro’lly still download the shit for free … “I ain’t no dummy” ..

    .. just my opinion ..

  • snack attack

    word to Incilin’s post.

    let young dudes wrap about
    being effin young, jay-z should
    rap what the eff he knows (and IMO,
    dude still does it real well).
    there’s nothing worse than 38 year
    olds actin 18, just ask your friend’s
    drunk mom or something.

  • http://xxlmag.com thats him thats that bastard

    Twelve Says:

    December 29th, 2006 at 6:53 pm
    Downloading is obviously what’s killin’ rap sales, plain and simple.

    disagree…jay sold 600,000 first week, and ti sold 500,000, nas just sold 355,000…so you can sell if you make something worth buying…if im wrong tell me…ppl want good music bottom line, not this pop shit…east coast plain and simple if you want to be back in the forefront of this rap shit….UNITE BITCHES!!!!!and im from the east coast

  • Philosoph

    I used to think Kingdom Come was a shit sandwich just like you did Bol, but I gave it some time and guess what, it’s really not half bad. It gets way more shit than it deserves. Real talk.

    Doctor’s Advocate is still the best album of 2006, I thought Nas had a chance to take that title and coming with his new album he definitely sounded hungry as ever on his tracks but his poor choice of beats didn’t help.

    I have a final conclusion to 2006.

    Doctor’s Advocate > Kingdom Come > King > Hip-Hop Is Dead > everything else.

    I copped all of those above except KC so you know I’m gunna cop that ASAP.

  • $100

    Kingdom Come isn’t a bad album, it just might take awhile to get used too.

  • stoneyisland

    Ok all you stupid cock suckers who cant let the past go. That included Bol, dick riding ass. If jay or any rapper ho’s around our general age (30-36) is still rapping bout shit they did at 17 then they are without a doubt some of the dumbest people to ever be born. I see niggas living in denial everyday, if I see another black man past the age of 23 wearing fucking braids in his hair (and he ‘s not in prison) I am gonna fucking lose it. Jay has obviously grown up, it’s call maturing you stupid cocksuckers. Give it a try……..

  • jonjon–23

    That’s why rap is for the younger generation because if an older rapper raps about thuggin’ and dresses the part he looks ridiculous, but if he raps about older topics, well that’s just lame isn’t it? On the topic rap is not selling; I think that corporate America has drained all the life out of rap. They use it for commercials, T.V. theme songs, and everything else. On top of all that, since they found out it was very profitable (was), they have taken control of it (big record companies) and have no idea about black culture. There is no creativity in rap anymore because artists want to get signed so they cater to what these bitch-ass record companies think is hot at the time. Since these crackers hate us anyway they are quick to discard our music and culture when it fails to bring in revenue. Another big reason of course is piracy, but if artists made C.D.s with fire songs back to back I think sales would instantly increase. You get tired of spending 12-14 dollars on a disc when you only listen to one or two songs on it. I think rap would be better off if it was out of these bitch record companies hands (think independent).

  • philosoph

    one more thing, if kingdom come included the track “black republican” with nas that was on hip hop is dead, kingdom come would be almost at the level of doctors advocate

  • stoneyisland

    I dont totally agree that downloading is killing rap music. I download like a muthafucka, but without fail I will spend my hard on cash on artist who I support such as little brother or Talib but there is no way in hell I’d pay 15 cents for a laffy taffy, chicken soup dance type of nonsense. I think of downloading as the all mighty equalizer, stop putting out wack albums and your real fans will support you. I bought Jay’s new shit but passed on Nas, did I download nas? nope because I think he’s wack. Nuff said. Real music will be supported all you other cars, clothes and hoes rapping muthafuckas better go back to school and get your GED, sides somebody gots to make the fries:)

  • OMG

    Damn… I guess that either u really have BIG racist issues in the US or the white people in US are so dumb that i can hardly imagine that! What’s so difficult to understand about rap music…?! Maybe some slang, but that’s all… BTW, I’m from Poland and I’m white as fuck and I’ve been listening to rap music since I was like a kid (even though at the begining i did not understand a shit) and i love this music…

  • Diz

    This topic is bullshyt. Music sales are down period, not just hip hop. Get ya facts straight before you post this crappy as topic. Hell hip-hoppers even beat out the fuking gay as american idol winners. you suck bol

  • Diz

    FYI—hip hop has been offensive for a long as time…so naw, that aint the reason…WTF, r u serious man

  • marlon

    ABC news is desperately seeking a story. Some of the top selling hip hop albums were like DMX (Without the word nigga and bitch? instrumentals)and Snoop Dogg (Bitches ain’t shit but hoes and tricks) so first off mr. its too offensive wasn’t buying it wwhen it was selling anyways so why ask him when he doesn’t know. They may say its hip hop taking a hit but that is because A) hip hop has been the biggest seller for the past few years , and B) the media is trying to influence society into thinking hip hop is no longer a viable product. its obviously downloads that is making the sales go down and not offensiveness its really the conservative media trying to put a fork in hip hop, jayz jeezy t.i. nas game all top ten sellers don’t buy it luckily no one in hip hop watches abc news accept bol.

  • chsmp young

    bol(sigh)…you a stupid muthafucka! jay-z is the only rapper ever that we’ve seen mature from album to album. he can’t rap about street shit if he’s not in the streets anymore. he’s always rapped what he’s living at that point in time in his life. grown men should act(and rap) like grown men. he doesn’t ride rims cause that shit is really played out. i like nas, but nas is still rapping about how he got guns and he kills niggaz, but can you believe that shit? do you respect that shit? no,u don’t. jay-z is a 37 year old corporate nigga now. a grown ass man that raps about grown man shit. you sound like one of these teeny boppers with your immature views. i know you at least 30 years old bol. now act like it. jay must have fucked your girl or something nigga!

  • Twelve

    thats him thats that bastard Says:

    December 29th, 2006 at 7:08 pm
    Twelve Says:

    December 29th, 2006 at 6:53 pm
    Downloading is obviously what’s killin’ rap sales, plain and simple.

    disagree…jay sold 600,000 first week, and ti sold 500,000, nas just sold 355,000…so you can sell if you make something worth buying…if im wrong tell me…ppl want good music bottom line, not this pop shit…east coast plain and simple if you want to be back in the forefront of this rap shit….UNITE BITCHES!!!!!and im from the east coast

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I feel what you sayin’ … I’m just sayin that download is decreasing the sales by alot .. Jay woulda done a Mil the first week, TI maybe 800,00 and Nas 600,000

    sad to say that even if cats made shit worth buyin’ I would still try to get that shit for free first if I could …

    (call me a cheap ass-bastard)

  • http://xxlmag.com thats him thats that bastard

    Twelve i can respect that but i want the music first my damn self…but i always cop the real shit because the songs are always different

  • http://xxlmag.com thats him thats that bastard

    well not always…but nas’s album is different then what was suppose to be on there…

  • BIRDSFLYSOUTH

    what else do you expect jigs to say? something intelligent? it is not fair to expect jigs to say anything more than bithes, hoes, and other stuff since their education and vocabulary levels are at all-time lows.

  • T-DOT

    okay bol..easy there buddy…how in the hell can you even analyze a old white mans comment…come on now…when since has old white people ever been supportive of our culture….negro please get real that article had no supportive arguement…the factors of why hiphop sales is flopping has been metioned numerous times through out this post… whack albums..internet..lets not forget the ipods and all the other trans device for music sharing and d/l….and by the way who gets the shit end of the stick?.. majority of the time the consumer never the distrubutor..they make back the money they put out to make the albums…but are still bitching because they did not make much and sometimes any profit….anyway not trying to get all wallstreet and shit…but offensive hiphop causing declining sales……lmao…what does offensive mean….something you the person take offense to right???…is it just that the old white man is offended that we are allowed to make music about watever ignorant or political shit we feel like saying …man hip hop is an expression and we all know hip hop has always been gully…you can get the clean or the uncut version…so bol…do us all a favor think before you write…make sense…don`t write shit just cause…damn …uuughhhh…you disgust me

  • Cedes

    That old man don’t know what he talkin’ about. Hip-hop is not sellin because there are very few good non-commercial rappers out. We gotta download music so we don’t waste our money on 20 track albums with 2 good songs. It’s definately not about the “filthy lyrics”.

  • Niggas Against Society

    One problem is that niggas neva want to grow. bol looks like he’s about 30 semi years but still listens to bow wow,jim jones? he’s a good example of damb niggas who can’t make anything of they life.

  • Hurricane Game

    someone above said that 38 year old rappers dont belong in the game. Well i agree with you in terms of rappers like Tony Gayo. But what about Ice Cube. He had one of the best albums of 2006 and its near platinum when it was only independant. Though Jays album definately aint to scratch. Hes still a good rapper.

  • Hurricane Game

    Free Turk!

  • Hurricane Game

    I Hope One Day Bol that you run into Pimp C on PCP with an AK tucked in his fur coat so he shoots you in the ass.

  • http://azbboy.com PHOENIX

    HIP-HOP IS NOT JUST RAP. RAP IS FUCKING OFFENSIVE. GET YOUR HEADLINES STRAIT FUCKTARD. HIP-HOP DIED. BBOYS DON’T LISTEN TO HIP-HOP MUSIC, THEY DANCE TO JAZZ AND SOUL, GRAFF WRITERS ALSO SKATE AND BANG, DEEJAYS DO WHAT THEIR RECORD EXEC’S TELL EM TO! AND FUCK rap, IT SHOULD ALL BURN!

  • WHo?

    don’t forget peoplea are downloading 2… people with morals buy it. am i right??????

  • WHo?

    what i dont get is how you went from the subject to dissing jay-z

  • WHo?

    think they like jay-z cuz they like nas

  • Full E Blown

    NO MORE MULTI PLATNUM, going from the studio to the video shoot then to the bank. Just goimg gold is being lucky again. Now these dudes actually will have to do shows to promote their albums (again). Dust off the coach bus and hit those colleges and night clubs.

    Every major label started with coke money has gone under or changed hands. Def Jam (watch Crush Groove and see who fronted them the money), DeathRow,
    CashMoney, Murder Inc, Rocafella etc etc. The crack era is over. HipHop is kicking the bums out.

    Pretty soon, if you can’t do a good show, you’ll actually have to do the crimes your saying in the rhymes for money.

    THE EIGHTIES ARE BACK BABY.

  • Hurricane Game

    Byrons Gay.

  • Hurricane Game

    Byrons a Snitch.
    Be carefull with your words Fat Ass.
    Or you gon end up worst than that chick Pimp C pulled dat heat on.
    you only hate women cause you never been with one. And your Mom and Grandma touched you inappropriately. Faggot,

    FREE TURK!!!

  • Hurricane Game

    Wheres Rey. I enjoy Byrons battles with that Cat.
    Yo Byron, your website sucks balls. Very Teh Ghey.
    Dat reminds me. Do you like any rappers at all? One minute you call the Game (Teh Ghey) and you write a rubbish post on Jim Jones’ On My Way To Church album. Then you call him the king on New York. Make your mind up Faggot wannabe Pimp C.

    FREE TURK!!!

  • paul

    black people cant be gangsters just so u know !!

  • paul

    black people cant be gangsters just so u know they can be entertainers for the white man or pro sports people for white franchise owners stay in school !!

  • let the game begin

    Bol quit erasing ma posts dambass!!!!!!

  • Fin

    XXL needs to step their server game up, the site has been jacked up for about a week now, the RSS feeds suck too. Tell me why I subscribe to the Sat night workout and get a whole ton of extra shit from some asshat named brandon?

  • Stevie Williams

    R.I.P. Saddam… He will be missed. =(

  • http://xxlmag.com doctor69

    Yes hiphop is offenseve.Because homosexuals like me are always being called bitches and I’m tired of it.Oh and bol want to have dinner again sometime i’ll buy honeybums.Then we can play doctor and I’ll examine your butthole with my stphiscope.

  • Tyler

    Happy New Year Bol. Hip Hop is Hip hop as long as it’s good Hip Hop but peep the fact that as wild as those Rock dudes use 2 get back in the day, talking bout the devil and all that they didn’t need to use curse words to come off hard even though they look like a bunch of girls with a ton of make-up. There was still real songs there under all the tricks of the trade ya’ dig.
    Peep the musical heat and vibes at:
    http://www.myspace.com/marcmayrockandrollthug
    http://www.myspace.com/marcusorealiusmusic

  • AirlineGeneral

    “Lord’s knows us d-bags can’t be counted on to support anything.”….did bol refer himself as a d-bag?? lol damn bol

  • Majesty

    This is what gets me. Now; there are movies that come out with caucasian’s slobbering all over each other and cursing every sentence while sleeping with all kinds of women, but they are caller “golden boys’” and “sex symbols”. When our people get into something; then we are stereotyped as angry, attitude problems, hoodlums, being disrespectful to women so on and so forth. Hip Hop is life. You have white folks with alot of money killing there kids, spouses, cheating on there wives with other women and men (LOL), and messing with young children, but nothing gets said about that. We are the most targeted people on earth because everything that happens even if its minor; they create a media circus with the stereotypes like the “lily white” society not making meth, shooting heroin, snorting crack, but nothing gets said because they want to save face. They don’t talk about the violence in rock with th esatanic cults or cursing in it while slaughtering a women after they have raped her, but they don’t say anything about that. Keep hip hop alive and don’t listen to the uncle toms like Oprah. keep banging!!

  • dreadzy

    ^^^^^^^^^
    co-sign majesty

    the media is too one sided dog if they talk about white dudes even if they drug users it’s a good thing but if it’s a black guy it’s bad look at that dude Hugh Hefner with all them girls in his mansion if it were a black dude in that house with black girls what do you think the media would say about that and flava doesn’t count.

  • DRAMATIC

    well i think the reason is that only a small precentage of people come from the streets & those are often the people buying the albums & why bu y an album you cant relate too you will just be scolded for being a wannabe

  • erik

    how can you take yourself seriously as a writer ( or anyone for that matter) by saying such labels as “d-bags” and “cracka-ass-crackas”, you ignorant prick. and hip hop isnt shitty because jay-z is doing mainstream comercials targeted at different audiences, hip hop is shitty because you are actually upset by the fact Jigga is “rapping about not putting rims on his Mercedes”, aka more important and intelligent subjects, and you support those who are rapping about nonsense. Get mad at the industry for giving Snap Music and Southern artist who are just dancing and not rapping more airplay than Nas and Talib for making hip hop a dismal and declining entity. Step your game up, son.

  • http://asudiha,cim AB

    cracka ass crakcas? which would make you a slave, or a nigger? or both?

  • Raymond

    “Where the fuck ya gonna run, when the fuckin’ ground starts shakin’
    Niggaz don’t be waitin’, niggaz be constantly makin’
    Niggaz with no hesitation, a fuck up in this nation
    To murder the caucasian, the Asian invasion”

    FUCK JAY-Z

  • Raymond

    “Where the fuck ya gonna run, when the fuckin’ ground starts shakin’
    Niggaz don’t be waitin’, niggaz be constantly makin’
    Niggaz with no hesitation, a fuck up in this nation
    To murder the caucasian, the Asian invasion”
    FUCK JAY-Z

  • Raymond

    “Where the fuck ya gonna run, when the fuckin’ ground starts shakin’
    Niggaz don’t be waitin’, niggaz be constantly makin’
    Niggaz with no hesitation, a fuck up in this nation
    To murder the caucasian, the Asian invasion” FUCK JAY-Z

  • mannyworld33

    TOILET BOL!

    HIP HOP DOSEN’T SELL AS MUCH CAUSE THERE HASN’T BEEN A GOOD HIP HOP TOUR IN YEARS, I MEAN WITH GREAT HEADLINERS AND SUCH. WHEN JAY HAD THE HARD KNOCK LIFE TOUR HIS ALBUM SOLD 5 MIL. ROCK GROUPS TOUR MORE OFTEN SO THEIR SALES NEVER FALL OFF.
    THE RAP/ HIP-HOP GAME NEEDS A GREAT TOUR TO MAKE THE FANS GET HYPE AGAIN.

    JUST MY OPINION!

  • EReal

    @Manny – Anger Management.

    Either way man, Ive said prolly like 10 times on here that Jay’s album felt geared twords the Old Heads that still listen to HipHop and may be successfull business men, or average guys who wanna hear diff shite.. I mean you cant expect him to rap about the same shite he’s been rappin for like a decade, which means he hasnt been “in the streets” for a decade, same with Nas, except his beats were shitty as usual.
    Downloading and just crap music are killin it, I mean why would you pay for something when you can get it for free??? When I really like an artist, or support an artist, Ill go out and buy their shite, but if I dont I wont, so thats how it goes down. If its a good album, even if Ive D/l’d it, I’ll go out and buy a copy to have in the vault ya know? Cause burns get f’d and computers crash. I agree, these cats need to step up on making good records and doin more shows, I wanna see you in my city, I dont wanna just see you on TV n shite. As far as content and that shite ass post up there, what the hell does an “old cracka-ass cracka” know about hiphop?? So your article is based on the comments of someone who dosent know shit about the thing he’s commenting on, and then you lace it up with racial and reverse racial slurs.. congrats Bol, you never cease to amazing in the incredible lack of thought and content in your posts here on XXL, but shit, at least you write something. We need more columnists on here that actually know shit and post. IMO .02 – Peas.

  • EReal

    @manny
    Anger management.

    This is probably the worst post Ive seen on XXL. What the hell does some random old white guy know about hiphop sales?? Bol, you never cease to amaze with the lack of thought and content in your posts and then you lace it up with racial and reverse racial slurs to get people talking. Congrats.. youve hit a new low with this one.
    And what the hell is wrong with the site? Its been not posting my comments and it seems like theres like 30 Bowwow ads on every page.. grabage!!!!

  • mannyworld33

    @ ereal

    i know,i’m in denial, lol

  • EReal

    Hahahaha.. Nice.