Fanhood

I’m probably not saying anything new for all you geniuses out there, but has anyone noticed how almost every year there is a new Hip Hop act that emerges that’s supposed to “bring that real shit back” as they say.

Back when I was coming up, I can’t remember how many times I opened a magazine with editorial (or advertorial) telling who that “next nigga” was. One year it would be Kwest The Mad Ladd, another year it would be another Planet Asia or then it would be some Wu-Tang offshoot.

Over the past few years, the same thing has been happening. Except now, its not just the media who up and decides who the next guy is, its the fans with “fanhood.” Which could be worst for rappers. At least when you are a media darling you have room to fuck up. Because even in your fuck up, the media is gonna talk about you until you either make a comeback or die completely. In the midst of all of that media jock-riding, your name spreads to more people who will be more open-minded to what you are doing and just form their opinion from that point on.

But if you do something to jeapordize someones “fanhood” you’re done. Its sad because alot of these “fans” don’t even like the music they cheer for. They are people who are fans just for the sake of saying “Nigga You Ain’t Up On This!” Not that there is anything completely wrong with that kind of “fanhood.” Its just that I notice that these are the same fans that turn around and call their beloved, secret favorite group wack if they try to even think of stepping out whatever box they’ve stuffed them in. Alot of them start hating the group just for having the audacity to come out with a sophomore release or gain more fans, sad.
Back in 04-05, Little Brother was the “Nigga You Ain’t Up On This” group. Almost of all of their fans reeked of “fanhood.” They just had to let you know that they knew every worthless fact about them. They just had to let you know that they could scream louder than you at the shows. They just had to let you know that they were their favorite rap group, not yours.

Its fucked up because those dudes wound up losing “fans” when they signed to a major, lost more when they parted with 9th Wonder, and then folks started talking down when they decided to do a song with Lil Wayne. People with “fanhood” kinda deserted them. Hell, Phonte raps about it on “Can’t Win For Losing” on Get Back. Wonder how they feel about Phonte singing hooks for Playaz Circle?

After them came Lupe Fiasco. Just like LB, he got tons of press and praise and was labeled a wunderkind who was “gonna bring Hip Hop back!” People flexed their “fanhood” by all of a sudden picking up skateboards and shit. Or buying whatever product he endorsed on his blog.

After doing some mixtapes, he dropped a pretty dope album that um, hardly anyone supported. Then he fucked around and got a -gate named after his ass. I’m not completely sure how his “fanhood” followers will treat him when The Cool drops.

That brings us up to today. It seems like the next “Nigga You Ain’t Up On This” group is about to be Cool Kids out of Chicago. I like most of their music, but after seeing how people have treated LB and Lupe and other “Nigga You Ain’t Up On This” groups before them, I can only hope that they can effectively deal with that tag that’s waiting to be placed on them.

Not to wish anything on them, but it seems like they are magnets for people with “fanhood.” Almost everyone I talk to about this group hits me with that “aw, you late, I’ve been listening to them longer than you” nonsense, instead of just saying “yeah, they dope, I like their shit too.” Sad thing is that sometimes, I’ve been tempted to retort, telling them how long I’ve been up on their stuff. Damn, that “fanhood” shit is contagious.

I mean, I think I have it for Outkast [pause like a mahfugga], but not as bad. (“I know I’m guilty of it too, but, not like them”). The most “fanhood” I’ve ever shown is schooling suckers who actually thought that Stankonia was their first album and Speakerboxxx/The Love Below was their best album. I don’t really consider that being lame, if anything, I’m doing a service to society by combating such ignorance.

I guess what I’m saying is, no one likes a bandwagon hopper. Like people who rooted for the Bulls and Cowboys in the 90′s but now roll with the Spurs and Patriots. It seems like that same syndrome is spreading in Hip Hop. Like, albums are the new Jordans. You just buy the shit just to say you got it first, not because you actually like it. And it kills me seeing how every year a “Nigga You Ain’t Up On This” group appears and we have to sit through months of people expressing their “fanhood.” Its sickening.

Maybe that’s why Hip Hop album sales are low. One time when I went into a record store, I saw two people debating over if they was gonna buy a certain album. One of them decided not to because “he didn’t move units his first week.” So in essence, he wants to buy albums he thinks everyone else is gonna buy, not albums that he actually thinks will like. Shit sad.

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    • Alberto Chapa

      When I was in Seattle for Bumbershoot, I saw the worst case of Fanhood I have ever seen, the concert had been selling Wu Tang merchandise, and nearly every teenager my age bought one, yet they didn’t even know who the members were, one kid kept yelling for them to have Redman come on, assuming that they had just not brought him out yet. A Fuckin’ Disgrace, last year it was all about Blue Scholars at my school, just as annoying.

  • http://www.myspace.com/crockerishiphop Crocker

    Insightful stuff. Makes me question who I really like. I mean I guess “taste” is relative to the person but…. anybody who decides if they’ll purchase an album based on first week sales is a bandwagoneer for sure.Of course I bought that first week lagging Chamillionaire record and that probably deserved it’s soundscan number.

  • Colron

    Lupe is still that nigga. FYI.

  • smog

    cool kids is the shit, hyyyaaoooo, dude if they did a remix of players circle it should def have phonte on it

  • smog

    dont forget cool kids got a song with wayne

  • KFrizzle

    –I mean, I think I have it for Outkast [pause like a mahfugga]

    Yeah I find myself doing this shit with Kast too…it’s hard not to root for the brothers that stay putting out real shit though. Although I’m finding that even being an OutKast historian these days is cliche. It’s just a lot of stans these days period.

  • ???????

    Good blog. I enjoy all of your blogs.

    And I mostly agree with this. Eh, it’s too bad that I don’t have anything particularly insightful or intelligent to say, but keep doing your thing, man.

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    I’m with ya on this one all right. I’ve been wondering about this myself for quite a while, at least now I have a term for it.

  • Billy Sunday’s Father

    Great post….and I have been up on the Cool Kids for sooooooo long.

    And this is where you are supposed to insert a group that is up and coming, and poppin on the scene….but since the Cool Kids are them….you win.

    Post more.

    Do less real work.

  • Chris

    Mainstream tastes have always been that way, refusing to check into anything unless it pushes units. But people are idiots, that’s no news.

  • PURPLE HULK

    LB ISNT WHAT THEY USED TO BE, DUMBASS
    YOU EXPECT US TO BLINDLY DICKRIDE MUSICAL ACTS? IF THEY BEGIN TO PUT OUT WACK SHIT, THEN IM GONNA STOP RESPECTING THEM, THATS HOW IT IS, FAGGOT.

    THATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIP HOP HEADS(ME) AND BLIND DICKRIDERS(YOU)

  • Lethal

    Purple Hulk?

    Man, I thought you went the fuck away. Your ignorant ass shoulda stayed there, you racist, close minded, simple motherf#cker.

    You already done been outed as a faggot ass motherf#cker. Youd think that everybody knowing your soft like butter and as smart as a reject from the short bus, youd go the f#ck back to beggin your moms for milk money and suckin off your fathers boys in the back of the shed, you all caps using, illiterate, ignorant ass motherf#cker.

  • Casper

    “Let the dick ridin’ begin…”

  • PURPLE HULK

    WHO THE FUCK IS LETHAL?
    I HAVE NO IDEA WHO THE FUCK YOU ARE, YOU LITTLE PUNK
    I THINK ITS WRONG FOR A TALENTED GROUP OF MC’S LIKE LB TO DEMEAN THEIR ARTFORM BY FEATURING SUCH A PATHETIC EXCUSE OF AN ARTIST LIKE “WEEZY” ON A SONG, YOU ON THE OTHER HAND DISAGREE(BECAUSE YOUR A LITTLE BITCH)

    LEAVE REAL HIP HOP TO THE ADULTS, LITTLE BITCH.

  • Daesonesb

    Who says “demean their artform?”
    You sound like KRS one on a bad day.

  • INF

    cosign the whole post..People always act like they love some new group just so they could feel a little smarter than the next guy..what happened to Mighty Infamous

  • PURPLE HULK

    BITCH, I BELIEVE I JUST SAID “DEMEAN THEIR ARTFORM”
    SO STOP ASKING STUPID QUESTIONS, FAGGOT.

  • Fire

    This was a good post. Now I have a word to use to describe people who dickride acts that suddenly get popular just for that reason.

    Anyway, I guess the self proclaimed know it all grouch, aka Purple People Eater, is back again.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVbGnspgy_8

  • the rap version of nat turner

    the “nigga you ain’t up on this” cats are the very people who regularly visit this site (and probably your blog). hip hop fans are lame as f-ck. and simple-minded as a backwood redneck. they just don’t realize it– and that’s probably the saddest part of all.

    we live in a world where everyone has to be co-signed, yet clings unitelligently to a false sense of individuality. hip hop is just a refelction of that brain-washing. people are sheep.

    oh, and LB is better than they’ve ever been– it’s called growth, assholes. “learn about it” (circa e-40, 1995).

  • THEGOD

    well you make a good arguement but you work for one of the main problems in your argument. you work for a magazine that thrives off opinions of others. take the Album reviews. didn’t 9th get a L and LB an XL and Statik received a L also? i mean if you feel a certain artsit or group should be checked out then give thme a spotlight. don’t give a negative review on a LP you actually like. i mean damn i don’t say start passin out XXL’s like Benzino with his mics but just give the people a chance to be heard. alot of what you say about a cetain artist sabotages their chances of gettin a genuine response. their are LP’s i heard and you gave it an L and i didn’t skip one track and felt everything. then theres LP’s that gotten wondeful reviews and i’m still tryin to figure out how they gotten pass track 3. XXL Mag is a media outlet so there can never be a dual existance of honest feedback and opinions. because in the end HATE is goin to slide thru one of those outlets. i say let the people decide whats hot and whats not. as far as albums go. for one i’m gettin sick of singles.

  • Fire

    Speaking of fanhood and LB, they definitely do a good job of rapping about fickle people on this song. It does such a good job addressing this topic and I thought of your post when I heard the words.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fteg_6eaUY

  • http://renegaderadio.biz protege43

    yo i totally agree with that i talked about this on my blog as well i’m just glad someone else feels the way i do….what happened to just liking a rapper/group/singer/etc. just because you know…you like there music…wow!!….what a concept

  • PURPLE HULK

    well you make a good arguement but you work for one of the main problems in your argument. you work for a magazine that thrives off opinions of others. take the Album reviews. didn’t 9th get a L and LB an XL and Statik received a L also? i mean if you feel a certain artsit or group should be checked out then give thme a spotlight. don’t give a negative review on a LP you actually like. i mean damn i don’t say start passin out XXL’s like Benzino with his mics but just give the people a chance to be heard. alot of what you say about a cetain artist sabotages their chances of gettin a genuine response. their are LP’s i heard and you gave it an L and i didn’t skip one track and felt everything. then theres LP’s that gotten wondeful reviews and i’m still tryin to figure out how they gotten pass track 3. XXL Mag is a media outlet so there can never be a dual existance of honest feedback and opinions. because in the end HATE is goin to slide thru one of those outlets. i say let the people decide whats hot and whats not. as far as albums go. for one i’m gettin sick of singles.

    ITS BECAUSE ELLIOTS PUNK ASS TAKES BRIBES, HE’LL GIVE NEGATIVE REVIEWS TO ANYONE WHO DOESNT WANT TO PAY HIS BITCH ASS.
    HES A REAL PUNK ASS BITCH, HE

  • And

    yall lame

  • LBDII

    Man this was a real blog I mean this is kind of how I am over Obie Trice because I listened to his shit for ever years before he even had Cheers come out. But the Outkast thing it kind of sucks cause I love the Kast and have only been big on them for 4 years so that makes me a “Stan” nah they just have great shit but I do know the order of all the albums they released so atleast I can say that. Peace.

  • T.R.E.Y.

    i agree with your overall point dude, but a coupla things.

    one, outside of “I Gotcha” i see no need to listen to Lupe’s album again. it’s all Just Bleezish beats, without any punch. dude isn’t technically amazing either.

    second, i don’t really mind certain people being under the impression that Stankonia‘s ‘Kast’s first album, cuz it’s their best. their shit before it is maaaaaaad overrated. aight, so Aquemini is pretty damn good. but their debut is hit-and-miss and ATLiens has to be one of the most boring albums ever hyped as some lost classic by the “real hip hop” crew. seriously now. i like the title track ‘n all but how do y’all make it through that whole thing without falling asleep?

    one of the few things Bol got right in between hating on every mainstream rap album was his post on ‘Kast’s album rankings. dead-on.

  • FAIR

    First and foremost very nice blog it was insightful…made me fall back and look at what im listening too…now for the haters just because LB made a song with wayne doesnt mean they “demean their artform” its called growth people change, sticking someone in a box is the reason the game is so f’ed up right now…music gets oversaturated and to see wayne on something a little different was a good look for both him and lb..as for lupe to say the only song worth listening to was i gotcha…wow you either havent herd the album or your exactly what this blog is talkign abotu u listen to singles and fall in love but dont hear the artist as a whole… or you have no fucking idea what your talking abut musically i hope for you its the first one…good look and keep the real blogs comin man

  • PURPLE HULK

    i agree with your overall point dude, but a coupla things.

    one, outside of “I Gotcha” i see no need to listen to Lupe’s album again. it’s all Just Bleezish beats, without any punch. dude isn’t technically amazing either.

    second, i don’t really mind certain people being under the impression that Stankonia’s ‘Kast’s first album, cuz it’s their best. their shit before it is maaaaaaad overrated. aight, so Aquemini is pretty damn good. but their debut is hit-and-miss and ATLiens has to be one of the most boring albums ever hyped as some lost classic by the “real hip hop” crew. seriously now. i like the title track ‘n all but how do y’all make it through that whole thing without falling asleep?

    one of the few things Bol got right in between hating on every mainstream rap album was his post on ‘Kast’s album rankings. dead-on.

    BITCH, YOU BETTER TAKE WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT ATLIENS BACK, ITS ONE OF THE GREATEST HIP HOP ALBUMS OF ALL TIME, ITS WORTH MORE THEN YOUR PATHETIC LITTLE FAGGOT LIFE.

  • PURPLE HULK

    ITS BECAUSE ELLIOTS PUNK ASS TAKES BRIBES, HE’LL GIVE NEGATIVE REVIEWS TO ANYONE WHO DOESNT WANT TO PAY HIS BITCH ASS.
    HES A REAL PUNK ASS BITCH, HE BETTER HOPE I NEVER RUN INTO HIS PUNK ASS IN REAL LIFE

  • PURPLE HULK

    First and foremost very nice blog it was insightful…made me fall back and look at what im listening too…now for the haters just because LB made a song with wayne doesnt mean they “demean their artform” its called growth people change, sticking someone in a box is the reason the game is so f’ed up right now…music gets oversaturated and to see wayne on something a little different was a good look for both him and lb.

    WHEN I BUY A LB ALBUM I EXPECT TO HEAR REAL MC’S MAKING REAL MUSIC, NOT SOME FAGGOT CHIMPMUNK SOUNDING CRACK ADDICTED DUMBASS TALKING ABOUT KISSING OTHER MEN, WHY SHOULD I WASTE MONEY ON THAT BULLSHIT? WHY? CAN YOU TURN BACK TIME? CAN YOU GIVE ME BACK THE HOUR OR SO I SPENT GIVING THAT CRAPPY ALBUM A LISTEN? NO, I DIDNT THINK SO, SO UNTIL YOU CAN GIVE ME BACK THE TIME I WASTED DUE TO LB SELLING OUT, I SUGGEST YOU SHUT THE FUCK UP.

  • FAIR

    Purple hulk when you write something it shows how much of a fucking moron you are lb didnt sell otu off of one track…u ride dick hard…you hsate just to ahte you stupid ass probably hsnt listened to an lb album…for the record this was a dope album its called growth you stupid mother fucker you wouldnt know cause your a preschool childish fuck who cant make a point without insulting someone…you ignorant dumb fuck…my apologies to those who actually care about these blogs and have to read me spaz otu at stupid mother fuckers like this

  • PURPLE HULK

    Purple hulk when you write something it shows how much of a fucking moron you are lb didnt sell otu off of one track…u ride dick hard…you hsate just to ahte you stupid ass probably hsnt listened to an lb album…for the record this was a dope album its called growth you stupid mother fucker you wouldnt know cause your a preschool childish fuck who cant make a point without insulting someone…you ignorant dumb fuck…my apologies to those who actually care about these blogs and have to read me spaz otu at stupid mother fuckers like this

    YOUR THE ONLY ONE INSULTING, AFTER READING MY PREVIOUS POST I CANT FIND ONE INSTANCE WHERE I INSULTED YOU, I INSULTED WEEZY, IF THAT OFFENDS YOU THEN ITS NOT MY FAULT YOUR GAY AND I HAVE NO REMORSE FOR MY STATEMENTS.
    THIS ALBUM WAS BY FAR THEIR WORSE ALBUM, THE LISTENING AND MINSTREL SHOW WERE CLASSICS, THE GETBACK SUCKED ASS, SERIOUSLY
    YOU DUMB MOTHERFUCKER

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    Nice work buddy! Some of these are classics!