Build or destroy?

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The cat’s out of the bag, folks. On the off chance that you don’t already know, let me just get this out there: I’m a lover, not a hater. Make no mistake, I don’t love anybody in the music world personally, but I do love plenty of the music that they make. And I vastly prefer focusing on what’s good in hip-hop to endlessly chronicling what sucks. Call me an optimist, but I feel like if I feed the positive, the positive might just grow. Now, that’s not to say I don’t enjoy reading the pessimists’ critiques, because I do. I admire their knowledge and their craft and their sense of humor, and I see the merits of their stance—even the necessity for it. But I can’t bring myself to be one of them.

I haven’t always felt this way. At different points in my writing career, I’ve tried my hand at the cutting, irreverent, flippant sort of commentary that is now de rigueur in hipster publications and on the Internet. Truth be told, I didn’t really have the stomach for it. When my writing was mean-spirited, I didn’t feel good about it. Plain and simple.

What’s more, for me, that style of writing felt a tad bit self-indulgent. It felt like an exercise in intellectual masturbation, a pissing contest between The Clevers. In the end, I had to ask myself: why am I ripping to shreds the culture that I purport to love so much? Am I writing for my own amusement or am I writing to contribute something?

Years of interviewing artists only strengthened that feeling. Once you’ve sat across from somebody and talked in detail about their lives, it’s difficult to see them as anything but a human being. Touré touched on this in his compilation of essays Never Drank the Kool-Aid. He shared about writing an essay for the Village Voice about Tupac after he was shot the first time. Touré said that he felt that Pac was presenting an exaggerated character to the media, and published a fairly scathing critique of that character. But Pac was a man—not some abstract, mythic figure—and he cried when he read the article.

None of this is to say that we shouldn’t, as music critics, go ahead and critique music. It’s just to say that it’s not particularly cool to carelessly lob shots out into the abyss of the Internet. We need to remember that, more often than not, those shots hit their target. And they hurt.

Critics are going to funk up artists’ days sometimes. But we shouldn’t be reckless with it. We shouldn’t revel in it. There’s a point at which legitimate criticism crosses over into something else. It’s happened a lot this year on the web. There’s been a rush to see who can be the most outrageously critical. It’s resulted in some fantastic writing. And a lot of bullshit.

I’m trying to go in a different direction. As such, I can look at an artist like Jeezy and see the lame-ass trends that he epitomizes. Or, alternatively, I can listen for his strengths. I can listen for what it is that he’s bringing to the table, why his movement is so strong, why so many people are so personally invested in his music. I can use my writing, my voice, to explore that.

Nobody will deny that it’s been a messed up year in hip-hop. The majority of the records that have dropped have been absolute garbage. There’s been a ton of irritating, destructive trends to contend with. But there’s no shortage of gifted writers pointing all that out—both here and at other sites on the Internet. I don’t feel like doing that right now. I feel like supporting what’s actually working. We all have our position to play. So I’m just going to keep on loving for the cause.

  • Meka Soul

    marry me.

  • http://yahoo.com quin_c813

    I FREAKIN LUV U!!!!!! OH YEAH FIRST!!!!

  • http://yahoo.com quin_c813

    damn second!!!!

  • john cochran

    I’ts good that you quickly played yin to noz’z yang. Or else, all these motherfuckers would be sayin they haters now. Good post baby girl. Since you mentioned jeezy, I wanna just say he represents a movement of people who struggle. It’s like, you hustle and you’re kinda proud of it cause you’re getting the things you need and want from it. But you’re also ashamed cause of what it does to our people. I think he feels this way. If you listen to “i luv it” he says himself he’s going to hell. I’ts crazy.

  • layon

    first

  • Bang

    But if you don’t like something, I mean, REALLY don’t like something, then say it. dammit, that’s been my problem with a lot of girls. they don’t say shit, and then it boils over into some nonsense later on. so keep it real, Tara!

    you’re too sensitive!!

  • NoMamesBuey

    Tara, did you ever check out that Montreal-based rap podcast?

  • alleyeCNtower

    “a pissing contest between The Clevers.”

    ha ha… yes, that’s a good description of 2006-era blogger-thought journalism… I HATE to write negative things about hip hop unless it’s about the REALLY NEGATIVE THINGS! Like, um, glorifying crack selling?! Why do people write about a wack beat and weak lyrics with the same passion as when they write about the widespread objectification and psycho-sexual abuse of women?

    motherfuckers have lost their god damn minds, and hate sure isn’t going to straighten things out…

    most of the new jacks don’t even know about the days when the term “hater” didn’t exist… you know why? because everyone was relatively unanimous in the past, and generally hated what was wack together… cause we all knew what was HIP HOP BULLSHIT!

    today, you could show someone the wackest fucking song, and they could justify its need for existence.

    in 2007, I’m not going to accept nobody’s fuckory. I’m going to love hip hop more than you hate it, and my love for the culture will destroy your hate for the music.

    one love, Tara
    one love, XXL

  • Scorpio1970

    THANK YOU! I don’t even know how to respond to an article so eloquently stating how I have felt for years. I have yet to see the release dates for any of these most adamant critics’ albums. If the music you write about is so bad, show us how it’s done. Music is subjective, not all things for all people. As a result a 36 year old man like myself, that still loves the music I have been enjoying since ’79 appreciates the maturity of the new Jay Z as well as the brash energy of The Game’s new disc. They are different artists in different stages of their lives and experiences. I relate to both. To hear at the same time someone fly the flag for JIM JONES (no bol) while feeling it necessary to take shots at Jay Z every chance they get lessens one’s credibility on hip-hop considerably. I look forward to Jeezy’s new disc, just like a championed his last one to all of my HIP HOP fans. And while on the topic can we stop relating sales to quality of music. Unfortunately the two of those have never had anything to do with one another.

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  • skip

    great writing excellent u hit the nail in the coffin

  • NoMamesBuey

    One of rap’s illest once said

    “If I don’t like it I don’t like it, that don’t mean that I’m hating” (c) Common Sense

    ironically said MC’s name is in short supply in 2006 by many rap bloggers & fans.

  • I Love U Baby

    All the N.I.G.G.A.Z on the internet love U baby. Keep that good shit commin’. Couple of years ago I also took a different route – instead of always bein critical, lets focus on what works, and change the things that dont instead of jus bein critical – cuz if U aint part of the solution, U THE PROBLEM!

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Food for thought…

    Criticizing a writers work is equivalent to criticizing an artist work

    Positive vs Negative

    Conscious vs Drugs,Materialism/Women

    They should all exist together because it is reality…do you…dont judge the next man for doing them…thats hypocrisy…

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Its called opinions people…the problem comes in when people’s bias beliefs cloud the truth for what it is…as Journalist I feel its your responsibility to approach everything and everyone in an objective manner…otherwise you are cheating your reader and forcing your beliefs on them…

  • Incilin

    :) Wow, I hit a nerve. I can’t help but be narcissistic enough to suggest that this post is soley in responce to my comment from the Jeezy post.

    But I must admit this post makes me admire your work more than I already do(I still like reading Sick’s posts more, but he aint posted in a long while. Lol) Granted, as a writer (and a lifelong pessimist, I’m sorry I just can’t help it) I find words like “that style of writing felt a tad bit self-indulgent” the refernce to “The Clevers” and pretty much the entire 3rd paragraph to be a repeat of the critiques people have always made of my work for years, which is weird yet totally insightful. But I think it’s imporant to say that your positive voice is very very much needed and I give all my props, kudos, support, and love.

    But as far as hurting artists feelings, well I feel no sympaty. Maybe if we hurt thier feelings they would make better music. It hurts my feelings to see someone like Jay-Z who I always supported and loved stop actively seeking new producers like the way he did on Blueprint and didn’t do on Kingdom Come. It hurts to see Game getting into all types of trouble for no reason (Which will enventually get him to a bad place) when he is so talented. And so on and so forth. Yes I know once you meet a person in real life you see them as a human (I tell that to all my communist friends who call capalitists pigs instead of people) but I still think of you a journalist and there is a objective ethic to live by. Granted this is a blog, and no one gives a shit about that, AP Style, or an inverted pyramid.

    I said it once, I’ll say it again. This post did make me understand the context of your blog, and made me see Tara as a real person instead of a digital stream. But you have the right and responsibilty to write as you see fit – I don’t even think you have to defend you actions. Not if thier as noble as they seem.

  • jacquez
  • hey wait

    what happened to rey’s fawning post about how you’re his favourite blogger and he wants you to friend him on myspace

  • The Bizness

    emo.

  • http://www.myspasce.com/16kingz ALLMIGHTYMUDDUCK!!

    man don’t told apologise to dese’ piss ants for your last article if you like Jeezy for bein Jeezy den shit it is what it is! stick to ya’ guns! hate it or luv’ it ya dig! Me personally I say fuck ere’thing but thats just me…and I think you got the right to be optimistic in this world. we gotta enough hate goin’ round but thats simply because niggas hate they self and not really what they hatin on!!

    ohhhhhh some knowledge fa’ y’all bitch boys BABABAPAPDPDPAPSDPAB!!!!

    still Kufi smakin!!

    STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRVVVVIIIIIINNNNN!!!!

  • the truth

    Eloquent and precise… Tara you are sensational!!!

  • content

    good, needed post

  • SukedowN

    >> “Since you mentioned jeezy, I wanna just say he represents a movement of people who struggle.”

    The struggling type who wear $100,000 chains and drive Gailardos. Oh, how I feel for them and their perpetual struggle.

  • SukedowN

    Is there even a line between skepticism and band-wagon jumping in hip-hop?

  • Fernando

    Bol got ETHERED!!! A ah ah aha ha h ah ah ah aha ha ha h ah ah

    Why you have to make Bol cry like that Tara?? I think you pretty much called him out on everything Bol does & represents. Well Done

  • SukedowN

    *Is there even a line between OPTIMISM and band-wagon jumping in hip-hop?

    (Long day)

  • Fernando

    BTW Tara….

    I dont know what kind of “Movement” Jeezy represents. He talks about selling crack, raw-dogging groupie tramps, being Jeezy, being Fly, selling crack, driving fast cars, wearing blood diamonds, selling crack, and……….selling drack.

  • http://myspace.com/legacyhiphop Belize

    Loving your last couple post Tara…AYE! If fresh dont wanna be my baby momz, WAZ GOOD WAZ GOOD?

    Keep it up!

  • Fernando

    Im a successful business man…will you marry me??? Come to Portland Oregon. its damn near like Canada!

  • BLAQ

    SukedowN Says:

    December 6th, 2006 at 5:03 pm
    >> “Since you mentioned jeezy, I wanna just say he represents a movement of people who struggle.”

    The struggling type who wear $100,000 chains and drive Gailardos. Oh, how I feel for them and their perpetual struggle.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^6
    CO-SIGN. Y’ALL FANS BEING PLAYED FOR FOOLS. THE NIGGA AINT STRUGGLING HE’S GOOD.
    TARA…JUST ADMIT YOU WERE WRONG FOR SUPPORTING CRACK RAP. WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES….JEEZY ALBUM IS SO BORING. HOW MANY OF HIS FANS ARE DRUG DEALERS ANYWAY…GIMME A BREAK. STOP BEING MINDLESS SHEEP. SUPPORT GOOD MUSIC.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Take that, Noz Crawford! We need opinions like yours, T. To quote Lupe, ‘It just might be okay after all.’ Keep up the good work.

  • BLAQ

    I’m trying to go in a different direction. As such, I can look at an artist like Jeezy and see the lame-ass trends that he epitomizes. Or, alternatively, I can listen for his strengths. I can listen for what it is that he’s bringing to the table, why his movement is so strong, why so many people are so personally invested in his music. I can use my writing, my voice, to explore that.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    SO NOW YOURE A TREND FOLLOWING SHEEP…CUMMON TARA. BE A LEADER NOT A FOLLOWER.

  • The truth and you know it

    This is clearly an attack on Bol and a pathetic one at that.

    Firstly, all you pathtic commenters sucking up to tara should be shot. Just because she is a chick half of you fools are hear pandering to here like she got the answer to aids. Grow a pair, you aint gonna get nothing from her off the net, she drops you some slightly provacative words like “masturbate” and you lot are quick to the comments section.

    This is clearly Tara retaliation because she has made it clear she loves the clipse and seeing them fall flat on thier face while Bol laughs at them has her upset. Coupled with her recent affection for the Jay Z abortion she has decided to try and evoke “sympathy” from her fellow writer. Bol I pray to god you dont become like this emotional wreck. Tara, clipse album had not one worthy beat and you know it. Rapping was on point but beats sucked and an good album should have both. Furthermore, regardless of that its clear you wanted them to exceed so muchhhhhh because you have met the clipse and seem to be so in love with pusha T.

    this is the internet, and if youre feelings can be hurt about what some random person writes on the internet about you, you should be shot. Real personor not, having your “feelings” hurt by people you will never meet and are richer than is pathetic.

    Im a get the fuck outta here before your pussy riders start hating. ANd stop with this moderation crap.

  • Danja29

    And this is what I’ve been sayin’… yes, hip-hop is worlds away from our oh-so-beloved ’90s (since many of us like to conveniently forget the wack shit that was out back then)… and who knows if it’ll ever get back to being remotely progressive. But reading some people’s blogs and posts on message boards would have you believe that this shit is 10 times worse off than it really is.

    So for the record- NO, D4L and DFB are not gonna kill hip-hop: there’s only about 3 hits between the both of ‘em. NO, Jay’s album is not the end-all be-all… but there is ENTIRELY too much garbage out there to actually call this album “wack”. NO, Jeezy ain’t the best rhyme-for-rhyme lyricist, but let’s be real- who the fuck IS right now? (besides- and I’m sure Dr. Dre and the 50 Cent of ’02-’03 would agree- you don’t always have to be the best lyricist to make the best music). And NO, hip-hop ain’t dead.

  • thoreauly77

    nice post miss henley. if hiphop is sucking, i just listen to some broken social scene anyway.

  • TS

    this Bol guy’s pretty entertaining when he trashes albums, but after readin’ a buncha ‘em i still can’t figure out what he actually likes. other than Illmatic, and, err…

    endless nitpickin’.

    good post

  • Scorpio1970

    ALL OF YOU PESSIMISTIC ASS FAGS, NAME FIVE CDS YOU LIKED THIS YEAR. ALSO TELL US WHEN YOUR HOT FIRE IS BEING RELEASED OR BETTER YET POST THE LYRICS OF YOUR BEST 16. We could all use a good laugh. IF THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE, SHUT THE FUCK UP! I CAN’T STAND YOU INTERNET NERD BITCHES AND YOUR UNHAPPY LIVES CAUSING NOTHING POSITIVE TO SAY!

  • TARA

    For the record, I’m not going at Bol here. He knows I have respect for his writing.

  • Yahere

    positive/negative. Can we quit with the dual thinking tip it is tired and simplistic. Reality is more complex than that, and also doesnt give a shit. Its not black and white, its infinate shades of grey. What’s one persons garbage is another persons treasure. Perspective is everything, perspective is biased inherently. Ignorance will never cease to exist. Go your own way, do your own thing. good/evil are constructs of power.

  • http://straightoutleodis.blogspot.com Analogue

    Yeah Bol’s actually been surprisingly constructive recently… I thought his post on blood diamonds etc was on point… better than taking aim at Kanye’s mum anyway LOL

    Keep up the good work, this might be your best post yet Tara :-)

  • New York Nigga

    FUCK TARA

  • BIG ROB

    After reading your blog, your face is the one we should see when we log on to xxl web page, not some culture hating self indulged asshole like BOL.

  • let the game begin

    Fernando Says:

    December 6th, 2006 at 5:08 pm
    BTW Tara….

    I dont know what kind of “Movement” Jeezy represents. He talks about selling crack, raw-dogging groupie tramps, being Jeezy, being Fly, selling crack, driving fast cars, wearing blood diamonds, selling crack, and……….selling drack
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    cosign this man.jeezy is bringing nothing new to the table and what struggle are people talking about most struggles he talkin about have been covered by past rappers

  • Rell007

    Well put together post. I applaud you

  • http://www.myspace.com/poisonousdarthfc Poisonous Dart

    Thanks, Tara….after reading Bol’s last blog, I needed to see that^. Keep doing you. One.

  • http://www.myspace.com/poisonousdarthfc Poisonous Dart

    Thanks, Tara….after reading Bol’s last blog, I needed to see that^. Keep doing you. One.

  • Time Is Illmatic

    I don’t really ever post on these blogs, but I felt it was necessary to big up Tara on touching on a subject that badly needed to be adressed…The internet has become such a institution of hate towards music, rap specifically, and its actually ruining it to a certain extent…

    good post Tara

  • http://mixfiend.com Belize

    lol @ new york nigga…reason y tara wrote this.

  • Dr Flav

    Its kind of hypocritical to down Jeezy on his crack rap, but put artists that have done or are doing the same on a pedestal. The reason motivation and inspiration are used is because you can replace selling crack and place whatever you do in its context, whether its flipping burgers or real estate. Its the passion and conviction he conveys that make me a fan, the ad libs make me laugh, sad, mad or hype. NOW, the thing is, you should have an opinion, positive or negative at least have valid points of convention when speaking it.

  • powerplay2k6

    best writer on xxl, not always the most entertaining, but always the smartest, most thoughtful, and best

  • let the game begin

    I personaly think rappers should come up with a new approach to inspire or motivate people if I needed any kind of inspiration I would grab my ready to die cd and listen to juicy if that don’t inspire you and a guy that in the year 2006 talking about crack and hoes does than you’ll be looking for inspiration all your life.

  • Dr Flav

    ***contention

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?cat=29 noz

    i cry everytime i read toure.

  • MC Spectakular

    Tara your the best! Most haters are hipster white kids who think anything on the radio released on a major label is automatic shit. They are arrogant pussies from the suburbs.

  • Omar

    I just came from reading Bool’s blog about Clipse and I am so glad you wrote this blog. Thank you.

  • Joe

    I’ve been coming to this site for about 6 months now and when i come i always look forward to your posts because you arent biased, your real keep it up.

  • http://stolenlegacy.wordpress.com extra penis

    RE: “i cry everytime i read toure.”

    G- STYLE!!

  • Give Me Food

    Tara, nice blog. I didn’t read the Jeezy one, ’cause it was Jeezy. I might read it tomorrow.

    Why don’t you post up some interviews you’ve done???

    Peace & God for.

  • pop a poppa

    “Critics are going to funk up artists’ days sometimes. But we shouldn’t be reckless with it. We shouldn’t revel in it. There’s a point at which legitimate criticism crosses over into something else.”

    ^^^^^
    thaz why i don’t read Bol’s shit no more.

  • chizamp

    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE Says:

    December 6th, 2006 at 4:03 pm

    Its called opinions people…the problem comes in when people’s bias beliefs cloud the truth for what it is…as Journalist I feel its your responsibility to approach everything and everyone in an objective manner…otherwise you are cheating your reader and forcing your beliefs on them

    Ha…you call what Bol does in a objective manner? Bullshit. He OVER does it…to the point where allot of people who used to read his posts are replying pretty upset posts to his topics. Granted the blood diamonds post was a strong point for him, his constant hate and bullshit theories of who’s the King of NY and the CONSTANT bashing of artists….thats bullshit incred…and you comment in almost all of bols posts…and for the most part i think you agree with him…dont know…but i think you know he pushes the envelope till it falls in the shredder…keep it real

  • chizamp

    Oh yea…Tara…your posts are cool and all…but damn cupcake…sometimes you should respond in your own blogs…let us know what you think of the responses you get from your readers…and plus you should check in with me from time to time so i know your alright…ha…halla!

  • Rizzop

    Theres been alot of good music out this year, but downloading and music reviews have fucked it up and havent let people decide for themselves whats good and what isnt. the airwaves are flooded with the same shit over and over again ( I knnnnnnnooooowwww you see it!) I really dont think the writing is objective any more. I personally dont think that Jay’s latest was his best, but i ALSO know that he will never be in the state of mind that he was in during reasonable doubt or the black album for that matter. But at the same time he has nothing toprove to me anymore just as NAS never had anything to prove to me because i remember where i was when i heard “it was written” and how i feel and therefore ill Always support what nas puts out because im a FAN and anyone that ever claimed to be fan should be that. I really dont want to here the same shit over again which is why i can respect the artists being in different places in there lives. But i will support their work. “Either we slinging crack rock or we got a wicked jump shot” have never been so true to me until now…..We continue to be divided and conquered by our selves without wondering the consequences. Soon we will be wondering why all we hear is I knnnnnnooooowwww you see it and say to ourselves ” damn!!!!maybe i should’ve bought that clipse album then we wouldnt have to listen to this bullshit”

  • fuckthishappyshit

    the problem though tara is that great, youre not gonna do a hatchet job on jeezy and be fair but the thing is that theres NO one doing hatchet jobs or even pointing out how jeezy sucks in the hip hop media or saying whats wrong with him or the wack trends he espouses. thats why hip hop critics need to actually say whats bad about guys like him and say whats good about people who well, ARE good and do deserve it. nothing wrong with being positive and fair, but at least do it for the people that deserve it, not those that dont.

  • http://www.myspace.com/corinnemq Corinne

    I’m glad, as a female, that we have you Tara, a female journalist who writes what she believes. Good job

  • YO TARA! DJ Lucky Luke

    When I read “intellectual masturbation,” coke came out my nose. And by “coke,” I mean cocaine.

    I’m that cool.

    What lame trend does Jeezy set/follow? I don’t get it.

    I’m that high…

  • D

    I feel Tara – you can’t be a love-hater. That’s shallow.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    chizamp Says:

    December 7th, 2006 at 8:55 am
    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE Says:

    December 6th, 2006 at 4:03 pm

    Its called opinions people…the problem comes in when people’s bias beliefs cloud the truth for what it is…as Journalist I feel its your responsibility to approach everything and everyone in an objective manner…otherwise you are cheating your reader and forcing your beliefs on them

    Ha…you call what Bol does in a objective manner? Bullshit. He OVER does it…to the point where allot of people who used to read his posts are replying pretty upset posts to his topics. Granted the blood diamonds post was a strong point for him, his constant hate and bullshit theories of who’s the King of NY and the CONSTANT bashing of artists….thats bullshit incred…and you comment in almost all of bols posts…and for the most part i think you agree with him…dont know…but i think you know he pushes the envelope till it falls in the shredder…keep it real
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    clueless

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Ha…you call what Bol does in a objective manner?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    at what point did i mention bol

  • chizamp

    Reason why i bring bols name in this is because in allot of his bullshit posts..you back him up like he’s right.
    incred says:
    the problem comes in when people’s bias beliefs cloud the truth for what it is…as Journalist I feel its your responsibility to approach everything and everyone in an objective manner…otherwise you are cheating your reader and forcing your beliefs on them… So do you think that bol isnt bias with what he writes? maybe trys to Force his hateness on HIS readers? But…i could be wrong…but it seems like you always has his back on his artist bashing..dont know…question..is that your definition of journalism…halla at me

  • WillardA

    I respect this to the fullest … I’m about positivity … chea

  • datni99aj

    Thats whats up. Find the beauty in this rap shit because it can get pretty ugly. Real fans are hard to find, dudes today are so quick to hate, too busy: dip-set dick riding, being brainwashed, and listening to the same song on the radio 2500 times to have their own opinions and appreciate real hip-hop.

  • The Historian

    Great post. I wish that there were more people that thought the same way u do. Instead of focusing all of our attention on whats wrong with hip-hop we should point out whats good. This dosn’t mean that we should turn a blind eye to the wack music coming out but just not put all of our focus on that. I appreciate that about your posts. U will aknowledge whats wrong(the lame trends Jeezy is at the forefront of) but still find the silver lining. All of u have to stop giving her so much grief for expressing her point of view. More of u should start looking at things the way she does. Like Ive said before, there are still people that won’t let Hip-Hop die no matter how bad it gets. I like to include myself in that group and i definetly include Tara in that group. Thanks for giving us your insight on things and not just being one of those people that go on mindless rants. Some of us do appreciate it. Keep it up for Hip-Hop Tara.

  • Incilin

    Somehow my last two comments haven’t gotten posted and I don’t know why. Maybe my banter actually offended Tara worse than any of the c-boys could with thier “fuck tara” or Bol could by calling her an “ignorant slut” At this point I guess my clevers have pissed her off.

  • TARA

    Incilin: Don’t know why your comments aren’t coming through, but def not offended. It takes an awful lot to offend me these days. LOL.

    C-boys: Thanks for all your comments. Much appreciated.

  • LBz

    another good post tara. touche on bol (hatin ass motherfucker), plus points for the jeezy post.

  • http://barrera.rubenyahoo.com LIL_VENOM

    Good job, Keep Doing Your thing but

    When Are You Or any body for that

    reason going to talk about my homey

    Fat Joe’s “Masterpiece” Me, Myself,

    and I. Yeah I said it, It’s in my

    opinion the best and most underrated

    Album of the year, and I think it’s

    because of who he is that he gets all

    this unjustifiably hate . For real I

    know if one of yall heard it then

    yall could appreciate it. Anyone

    reading this at least download the

    song Maria and you will see what I’m

    talking about, that real Hip-Hop.

    PEACE

  • http://rosetemarketing.comcomingsoon Janie

    “I’ve tried my hand at the cutting, irreverent, flippant sort of commentary” This is a very thoughtful examination of oneself, and this article is very telling of the metacognition that I admire in writers such as yourself.

    Also, I agree about the trend in Hiphop. It’s very dismaying that one has to be subjected to the less than “lyrical” and less than “thought provoking” productions out there. But this is the way of the business, and one must go with the flow.

    I’m glad I found your writing :)

  • The Dza

    Tara is the opposite of Bol. I like Tara better. She gives me hope.

  • chizamp

    and she’s allot prettier then bol

  • TRAV DAV(COLUMBUS KIDS)

    thank u

  • JDEaseworld

    personally i think tara henley is a very intelligent sister, ubt please do not fall for the hype. looking for the positive sides of jeezy… smh. dude reperesents many of the ills plaguing my culture. The devil has a strong following and persuasive message as well, but let him not lead us into temptation… just because 85% of the dumb deaf and blind fall in line with a weak ass “movement” doesn’t mean that it should be appreciated. As a writer you should be looking further than that, challenge these “artists” to do the right thing.

  • Jos

    ya but critics should be critical. if pac wants to make records, he’s gotta be able to take criticisms…no?

  • http://www.myspace.com/deensekou sATaLyte

    Man you need to replace your pic with a care bear

  • http://myspace.com/lovethatapple angelica

    ah, the binaries. it seems so often that we ask questions in terms of absolutes, and i think it’s foolish that so much energy goes to killing eachother over nonsense. the truth is that we all live more in a middle ground than we staunchly occupy concrete identities or ideologies. it’s this constant clamour to justify one’s beliefs as “truer” than another’s that is bullshit. there are many angles to every story, and SO many faces of hip hop. it means something different to everyone because we are all different. it’s also easier to be ignorant and to tear something (or someone) apart than to be open and vulnerable enough to love it, and there will always be someone there to hate on the intangible. that is to say, sure, they’ll hate you because you have material wealth, but that’s nothing to the hate that comes from jealousy that you got gifts and inner peace. but true love is an eternal flame, and can’t nobody flip the switch on that, though they might try to step in and clap it off. me and hip hop, we just renewed our vows not too long ago….

  • RJ

    Tara isn’t that entertaining as a blogger, but she’s a hell of a lot smarter than Bol. Keep doing your thing baby!!

  • blaQ

    Tara…I told you you shouldnt have been so quick to co-sign Jeezy. did you hear his disgraceful comments about Nas and hip hop?(For Jeezy info, London was hip hop long before ATl ever was)…and dissing Monie Love…cummon! Tara, do yourself a favor, retract your support for Cheezy the Gimmick. Support real hip hop.

  • let the game begin

    Any of jeezy’s album present or future>>>>>> ten crack commandments

  • >>>>>>>>>>>ROC

    >> “Since you mentioned jeezy, I wanna just say he represents a movement of people who struggle.”

    The struggling type who wear $100,000 chains and drive Gailardos. Oh, how I feel for them and their perpetual struggle.

    ^^^^^CO-SIGN 1

  • >>>>>>>>>>>ROC

    Bol got MUUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRKKKKKEEDDDD!!!!!AHHHHHHHHHAHHHHHHHHH FUK THAT BITCH ASS NIGGA……….DO SUMTIN ELSE WITH UR LIFE FAG 1

  • kne81

    I really love reading this..never read any of your post before..in fact I just recently been coming on to this site.I agreed with everything you said,but you are a journalist so you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes,even if that meaning hurtin the artist feelings.Still we need more people like you in Hip Hop,whether is recording a record or writting about them.Keep up the good work Tara I’m looking forward to reading more of your columns.. Love, Kne81

  • http://none killa black

    Thats why i love hova cause he always say something that you can hang your hat on. Now its easy for some one to pass judgement on some one else cause they dont know or dont understand where that person is coming from, so theres critis thats either a person not from the same place or a person that doesnt like what that person repersents in their music, and calls them wack or lack orginality. It all has to do with them being insecure with themselves, cause they feel writing about themselves is not hot enuff, so them take on other peoples lifes to sound appealing. The shame is 1 to 10 million feel the same way,so thats why hip hop is so wack, and you people that write about it are close minded to that fact. So in a nut shell who are we to say anybodys wack, when all they really have to do is grow as a person, and its sad to say, you start to really understand yourself when your in your 30s.so we watch Jay-Z grow from (AINT NO NIGGER) TO (LOST ONES)thats why 30s the new 20. BUT WATCH OUT FOR THAT KID (BLU-BLACK) CHECK HIM OUT AT myspace.com/blublack THE FUTURE OF HIP HOP.

  • http://www.myspace.com/thoro Yakini Kinaya

    That’s peace!

    Love it! It’s the pure truth.