Well, dear c-boys, the time has come to retire Northern Touch. I’m busier than I’ve ever been working at my full-time media job and freelancing and trying to make moves—and I’m afraid there’s just not enough hours in the day. Cadillac problems, really. Hopefully I’ll still be repping XXL, but on the magazine front. (Check the next issue for a few of my bylines. Stupid excited about that.) Shout out to Eskay, BFred and Elliott for the amazing opportunity and to all of my fellow bloggers. Everyone that’s on this site is the best in their particular lane, and that’s the truth, plain and simple.

Thanks too to everyone that’s taken the time to read and comment over the last fourteen months. You’ve all helped me to become a better writer. (When you weren’t asking for naked pics, anyway. Boooo.) Anyway, you all know how much I love hip-hop and it’s been a joy for me to kick it here every week and hear what you all have to say. Looking forward to reading Joe Budden’s new blog.

Not to get all personal here (since I never do that), but you readers have really sustained me this last little while. For a bunch of reasons I won’t get into here, I really went through it this last year, and having this column helped me work it all out. Sometimes you need to write through things to sort them out, you know?

I know a few understand what I’m talking about. It was love for the thing that made me wanna stay out. It was love for the thing that made me stay in the house, spending time, writing lines, trying to find words that describe the vibe that’s inside the space when you close your eyes and screw your face. It’s the pain of too much tenderness—makes me nod my head in reverence. We live the now for the promise of the infinite, and whatnot. You all already know.

xo T

PS: When I come back like Jordan, wearing the 4-5, it ain’t to play games with you. Ha!

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  • MsUndastood

    * pours some kool-aid for the absense of common sense on this site*

  • Chain

    You’ll be missed

  • Cuban Link

    first hopefully

    Peace Tara, Ima miss ur blogs.U always gave balance to the hating of Bol and more recently Billy and the absurd loving of all sucky bullshit of Noz.

    We’ll miss you

  • Isma’il

    Well, you will be missed because you were the only person who offered intelligent commentary on a consitant basis. May the future be prosperous for ya.

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    The sanity is leaving the building … I wish you the very best in life.

    Thanks for droppin’ some of your knowledge on us.

  • NickeNitro

    First! on your last. Thanks for doing what you do.

  • Cuban Link

    so no naked pictures?aha j/p

  • http://www.myspace.com/donnygoines Donny Goines

    Well let me be one of the first to wish you well on all yhour future endeavors. The blogs that you have wrote here (the one Ive read) were very insightful and entertaining. Sometimes you have to move on in order to grow and Im sure we will cross paths in the future.

    Best of Luck and God Bless.

  • Malik C.

    Damn, I was wondering where you been. Haven’t blogged in like 2 months or something. Anyway, I hope you continue to do well. Peace and love.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Good luck, Tara. You will be sorely missed.

  • Kirk

    Damn, you are the only reason I even come to XXL!! Good luck on your journey! Man, now the only thing that XXL has is an one obese fuck who struggles so much with his latent homosexuality that he attempts to be shocking(Bol) – and another fat bastard with crisco coming out of his pores whose posts bore the piss out of me based on his lackluster writing ability(Billy Sunday). Yes, the best blogger on this god forsaken site has just left the building!!!

  • BklynBandette

    Take It Easy.

  • Combat Jack

    Thanks boo, I’ll miss you too!

  • Incilin

    Awww, no. Say it aint so. I’ll miss your blog like crazy Tara (I was wondering where u been). It has been one of the best hip hop related experiences of my life (although I still don’t and never will respect the Canada rap scene, lmao. ) Pieces of your post still play back in my head and come to life when discussing hip hop, especially the “I’m a lover not a hater” post (Can’t remember the title) which to this day I still say I inspired with my comment from the day before, but anywhoo.

    I’m glad to see you doing your thing; you totally deserve it and have often been the only voice of reality and sanity on this site. Thank you. Good luck. Peace.

    We believe in the promise, of? love, love, love. Yes, yes ya’ll and it don’t stop.

  • Yung Ether

    now its time/ to say goodbye/to all my negro friends…….

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Sin Piff

    Peace Tara and stay true to self, regardless if ya writin bout hip-hop or not!

    keep it 100!


    Keep us up to date on that Myspace. Peace!

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

    you’ll be missed in this here corner of the interwebs, pilgrim. i think i got a bit o sassafras in my eye.

  • N.O. 4 life

    any chances of consistent intelligence have just left

  • http://myspace.com/heatherday Heather Day

    nooo! you are my favorite, you keep it beautiful! hope to find your work/words continuing, if not here than elsewhere

  • http://www.weeklyhiphop.com weeklyhiphop.com

    No disrespect, but most people I think would agree female mc’s suck, and there stand in the game ceases to exist. I feel the same way about female comedians, and well hip hop columnists

  • Boner jams 03

    damn! tara’s gone!! :( and i aint even get to fuck..:(

  • Cuban Link

    also PS FUCK YES first to comment on Taras last!

    Peace out chica, hope you end up good with all your plans

  • http://www.myspace.com/enigmadamystery Enigma aka da kid mystery

    wadup,your blogshave always added an interesting balance(others hate while you investigate lol) to the xxl blogging team, any chance a brother can get a shot at your old job ? lol(not joking ).


  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    Good luck and God speed mamas…


    ya dipping out like all the female rappers hopefully the next chick is more BLACK REIGN an not HARDCORE
    good luck



  • rec

    see ya later eh!

  • yung ceasa

    damn first game now tara. tara we hardly knew ‘ye. but i’d like to propose a toast to miss henley, a person who never bit her tongue, someone who never showed bias towards rappers or……someone who more recently wasnt afraid to voice her opinion in tha aftermath of tha imus uproar, somebody who will be missed seein as you were tha only real sensible, unbiased (translation: she never was guilty of hatin on someone or bein too favorable of someone.) blogger that double-x l ever had. i’ll holla when i see you tara…………


  • hannah Smith

    “Everyone that’s on this site is the best in their particular lane, and that’s the truth, plain and simple.”

    In what land, Crack-Head-World? Have you read any of the content? The interviews are wack, the columnists are pathetic in their attempts to appear ‘controversial’ (Bol excluded, who’s a natural at this online blog ish), and the ‘news’ is an endless unfiltered stream of the boring minutia of rappers’ lives (Snoop Stubs Toe! Jay-Z Wears Slacks To The Office!).

    Grow up and get some perspective Tara-Lara.

  • rhickey

    not a minute too soon.

  • rhickey

    not a minute too soon. ugh

  • rhickey

    not a second too soon

  • Domjel

    I will greatly miss the only blog that stayed with me. The Nas, Clipse, and Bone come to mind, because you articulated their essence as artists. Make your thoughts manifest. Thank you!

  • beeyo

    Anyone who downed Tara in this comment section is a flaming ,limp wristed, lip lisping, hopskotch playing,skippy wearing, cokebottleyed, internet nerd ass homoBITCH.

    How come Bol or Billy haven’t said bye yet?

    Even if there were no naked pics, couldn’t we get like, a nipple flash or something? C’mon Tara, do iiiiiiiiiitttt.

    Bye Tara! God Bless!

    Oh, and those bars at the end were crazier than 80% of shit on the radio today.

  • sATaLyte

    Damn girl, you will be missed.

    It was nice to have an interesting, readable, female perspective on things, but hey if your making big moves more power to you and I hope to hear you speak one day.

    hannah Smith Says:

    May 30th, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    “Everyone that’s on this site is the best in their particular lane, and that’s the truth, plain and simple.”

    In what land, Crack-Head-World? Have you read any of the content? The interviews are wack, the columnists are pathetic in their attempts to appear ‘controversial’ (Bol excluded, who’s a natural at this online blog ish), and the ‘news’ is an endless unfiltered stream of the boring minutia of rappers’ lives (Snoop Stubs Toe! Jay-Z Wears Slacks To The Office!).

    Grow up and get some perspective Tara-Lara
    Sounds like her own little way of saying good-bye.

  • Dr Flav

    This is unfortunate for us readers, however for you its one door closing, one door opening and when its right, its such a beautiful thing, Proceed and succeed Ms Henley. Lol @ some of the truth in Hannah’s comment, she will miss you most of all… (ducks flying high heel slipper)

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  • http://www.xxlmag.com King Ben

    Now the fine chick is leaving, now were left with fatty-fat-fats, Billy (I really want to knob on Lil Wang’s cock) X, and Cracka ass Noz (that dude has to be white!) Good luck in the future MA.

  • che

    It’s a shame you’re leaving Tara, you’re gonna be missed loads. thank you for the hard work and effort you put in, appreciate it. take care.


    Love you Tara! Peace!!!

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    oh u done did it now tara

    having u as a colleague on xxl is da clostst bol’s fat ass has ever come to being with a woman

    whuts he gon’ do now, huh?

    either way, take care and all dat bullshit

  • Miss J

    No need to frequent xxlmag.com anymore since substance has left the building. Take care.

  • http://www.ohword.com rafi

    Your presence will be missed.

    I wish you all the best for your obviously bright future.

  • T.R.P


  • Were Read 2 Def

    Stay off your feet Boo.

  • http://www.myfreepaysite.com EReal


    Finally movin on huh? Big thangs Big thangs. Im sure we’re all gonna miss the female perspective on here, and reading your comment section has showed the vast differences in hiphop fans. Its also showed me that mysogyny is an actuality in this culture, LOL. (Even tho I never got my Swollen Members/ Battle Axe drop, which I thought was pretty important to the canadian hiphop cause, *smh*)
    Forreal tho, big ups, best of luck, and hold your head shorty. Theres nothing like realizing a dream, and im sure you’ve done and are continuing to do that.
    Keep your head up and watch the Hannas, oh shit, I mean Haters fall. ;), Much Love.

    1 hunned.

  • http://poisonousparagraphs.blogspot.com/ Dart_Adams

    Damn…first the Fat Boys break up and now this! Good luck in all your future endeavors, Tara. One.

  • Is Toronto In The House? Without a Doubt.

    ‘Nuff respect for everything you’ve said and done.

    You gets love in the T.Dot ma.


    We bringing T.Dot back, we took out the crack and started selling these mixtapes inside of our G packs

  • http://www.myspace.com/mworld33 mannyworld33

    Good luck and best wishes

  • J. West


  • J Millz


  • http://www.dannyswain.com Danny!

    We gon’ miss ya Tara! God bless

  • thesaint

    your voice will be deeply missed!

  • ishmizzy

    Hey I’m more of a quiet reader don’t really post much but I’ve read countless blogs from you and they were always great keep up the work I completely understand u n that last paragraph and do ur thing to find ur paradise lord knows we all need ours

  • Moe Real

    Sorry I dissed you all the time. Now, I’m stuck with Billy X Fuckday.
    That sucks.

  • http://blogs.hiphopdx.com/meka Meka Soul


  • Jay

    i love you
    don’t leave

  • G Off

    Peace and much success!

  • yaboy

    damn hannah smith is a bey-otch huh?

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    yaboy Says:

    May 31st, 2007 at 3:01 pm
    damn hannah smith is a bey-otch huh?


    I used to think Hannah was pretty rough around the edges as well, but those examples of the “endless unfiltered stream of the boring minutia of rappers’ lives” are the definition of hilarity

  • no

    shame you wont be blogging anymore…. you were one of the few on here to not just spew at the mouth and talk shit for the sake of it and actually seemed to put some thought into what you were writing. a bit of clarity. oh well. all the best.


    damn, now theres no reason for me to visit this site :/…..

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Sin Piff

    oh yeah nice recap of the Nas show in T-Dot u did for the physical mag.

    aiight now i’m out 4 good!!!

  • Tara’s BF

    well, im still hittin it, so screw all ya’ll, lmao

  • Tara’s Boyfriend

    now that i think about it, after this post, ima go hit it again, :)

  • Ali

    aww i didnt get 2 read much of ur stuff since i started comin regulary 2 XXL only recently but tha few stuff that i did read, i liked…..good luck & i’ll be waitin’ on that 4-5 comeback 4 sho i holla

  • international_che

    I’ll miss tha way you made sense…you’d be surprised how few bloggers on this site do…anyways keep it movin’ and I’ll be checkin’ for ya in tha mag…and “Eye Candy” too for those nude pics..lol.

  • che

    international che? get the fuck outta here. I don’t need any stans.

  • http://www.supremebeingunit.com alleyeCNtower

    This is a sad day for me. I’m going to call you so we can celebrate me, and mourn you. XXLmag.com will never be the same… (wait, are you REALLY retiring like, um, The Game, {LOL} or fake retiring like Too $hort?)

    can’t leave rap alone, the game needs you!

    either way… it’s been a pleasure and an honor, love.
    Mindbender adores you forever.

  • Prince Of The South

    Best of luck to you, you’re one of the better writers on this site, it’s sad that BOL had the first blog to pop up and you’re at the end. You write better and actually have some interesting points to make.

  • snyper48

    You were away for so long that I started wondering, but anyway,is love,is life.My two favorite bloggers (Tara and Omar Mazariego)have left my two favorite websites (Slamonline and XXL)damn. Tara may God bless you, much love and happiness to you, all the way from Angola,Africa.

  • soundbwoy

    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon c est fini

    waiting 4 your comeback

  • IT IS I

    This aint fair. Why all the good ones gotta go? I wish you the best of luck Tara. So long Northern Touch.

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  • Fernando

    Peace out Tara.

    Even though I wasnt a huge fan, i could always tell that you put effort into your posts unlike that fat retard Bol. Against an onslaught of negative-nellys and sh*t talkers, you always stayed positive and shared your opinion. I think you should create a screen name and pop in on Bol sometimes just to insult him. Its pretty fun sometimes.

    Enjoy life. Peace ooot Canadian

  • dq

    oh damn. peace.

  • Cuban Link

    hey, whoever deleted my first comment, Fuck You!


    Shit, Tara…

    …I got 99 problems, but a bitch ain’t one.


  • Cuban Link

    CUBAN LINK Says:

    June 12th, 2007 at 12:40 pm
    Shit, Tara…

    …I got 99 problems, but a bitch ain’t one.


    ^hey fuck you buddy stop jacking my name

  • http://www.futilityrecords.com Jeremiah

    Tara! You will be missed. Thanks for the shine and all the insight!


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