It Was The Moment I Feared…

The economy is fucked the fuck up. The music industry is fucked the fuck up. The fanzine industry which feeds off the music industry which is influenced by the economy is totally in the shitter. Magazines that I actually spend my money on are going belly up. People are circling the wagons everywhere. It was rumored that XXL mag dot com would be making some changes soon.

I won’t be surprised when I have my termination slip in my hand. I had a good run over here with some great moments like the time last year that I shitted on MTV’s brain trust and posted the key to personally e-mailing them at their office to tell them how bad their lists were. The people at MTV weren’t amused though, even though I was the ONLY person that e-mailed them to complain. Many of the XXL Mag dot com readers = bitchmade cowards, but we already knew that.

I found myself on the wrong side of beefs with this site’s resident nerd professor archivist because I don’t care for LCD rap anymore than he cares for meaningless polysyllabic T La Rock lyricism. At the end of the day we agreed to disagree. At the end of the day we found that we had more in common than we thought. I can remember all the fun I had with contentious readers who would come to my threads just to throw rocks. I deleted a comment or thirty until they learned how to type right. Get it, type write?

I got the e-mail this week to come and pick up some paperwork of mine from H.Q. That sounds like its time for me to get my walking papers. Come to think of it, I’ve always wanted to sell apples on the street, or wear one of those sandwich boards and hand out paper fliers to passerby. This is going to be a good time for me. Maybe I’ll finish my book and the half dozen screenplays I have been drafting. I’ll have a lot more time now to catch up on my downloads to do list. I still don’t have that new Atmosphere album on my hard drive.

So if this is to be my figurative last supper allow me to leave you all with some food for thought. What I would like to leave you with is the reason that I came to this site in the first place. I came because of my respect for the word. At some point rap music was no longer concerned with lyrics. Shit like swagger and album sales had replaced the importance of actual rap lyrics. Rap fans had become followers like sheep instead of leaders of the new school.

But where would rap music exist if not for the word? You can still have Hip-Hop music without rapping, but you can’t have rapping without words. The word comes before everything else and right now there is a disrespect for the word in rap music. It is time for fans of rap music and Hip-Hop to reclaim our inheritance. Do you think the Sugarhill Gang stole Grandmaster Caz’ rhymebook thirty years ago for “Yahh trick, Yaaaaaah” to become the most popular phrase in rap?

When I think of rap music at its zenith I think of songs like the full version of LL Cool J’s ‘Rock The Bells’ or Rakim’s ‘My Melody’. Listen to this song by the Kool Genius of Rap called ‘Men At Work‘ and tell me if this isn’t the most hardbody rap anthem evar. The acappella version is posted at the bottom of the drop.

Do you hear that shit? No, did you listen to that shit?!? G Rap said he would, “bust your ass so fast it would fascinate”. When is the last time that you heard someone rhyme so many complex polysyllabic words in one song? Kool G Rap isn’t just saying them because they ryhme either. After you listen to those verses and you still fuck with robotic-voice rhyme-sayers I will say that Hip-Hop is truly dead and I won’t feel a kind of way for pushing my apple cart down Broadway.

Keep Hip-Hop alive…

  • geico lizard

    good luck at your next stop and its just a season even if its good or bad it will all pass.

  • DC

    Just another lost battle in the tragic downfall of real Hip Hop. LCD rap has taken over the radio, the news stands, and 90% of all hip hop sites. The only real refuge from the madness and outlet true heads have to get opinions and news about that good music is the blogosphere. Now, apparently, those bastards are forcing out the most hip hop savvy writers on the internet. *Pours something out for Hip Hop and the realest dude on the world wide web, BXS*

    P.S. If they actually fire you, I’m done with this shithole of a site. Fuckin’ douchebags…

  • Franchise

    hope this isnt your last post billy, but if so, you’ve had a good run. you and maurice are about all this sites got, bol to an extent. keep it up homie.

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    Diary of a Tragic Mullato/
    when she bleached herself to escape New York to live in Chicago/
    with all of her aspirations her follies would
    Follow/
    She smokes too much Dennis Leary and hit the
    Bottle/
    inhale Paint Thinner on her beau’s grotto/
    then blow a bi-weekly check on The Lotto/
    that’s her who I speak of/
    she paid for her swagger, but, stayed lonely cuz warmth comes with Free Love/
    she assails to avail to the Call that quails the scales of her flesh so pale by the Veins
    she Bleeds from/
    her Oreo kisses I need some/
    lovely like a Rose in bloom/
    not, Orlando, but, is a epic tale when her youth is Consumed( consumed?)/
    in a empty building within a vacant room/
    all that settles in is mist and gloom/
    a Flesh so alive, but, a Soul so
    Entombed/
    Mischief is her lover and Strife is her Groom/
    her eyes are as green as the costume on
    Victor Von Doom/
    you can stare at the picture, but, what does the portrait Prove?/
    maybe it’s just a peice of abstraction/
    couture norms of a Urban faction/
    noir from a abhorred Whore feeling Hades coil and relaxin/
    so the next time you hear Rap this is it’s
    Main Attraction.

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    Hip-Hop corporate journalism is dead.

    I say write that book. Own your opinion. Sell it to those who recognize that real talent comes at a high rate, and then inflate the price even higher. Make everybody mad and make money at the same time.

    If it takes ten more years, do the write thing.

  • oh sheeet!!!

    SAVE Billy X Sunday!

  • Mr. 306

    I’m from Canada. Hip Hop is just as comatose up here. I read you and Bol every single day. It was my last clinging belief that as long as some hip hop heads lived then how could hip hop die? Your walking papers=my acknowledgment of the death of hip hop. I had hoped to join you on xxlmag one day myself as a blogger

  • Maddolies

    All i gta say is…
    Bowt Fuckin Time!

  • http://eazy-duz-it.blogspot.com/ Eazy E

    Mr. Roachclip here, yall bitches need to shut off your radio this summer and get caught up. Men at work is the pinnacle of rap.

  • http://www.musically-minded.blogspot.com/ Jeremy Giles

    It was funny to see your post from a year or so ago about the MTV Hip-Hop Brain Trust.

    I had just written a short response to their “Hottest MCs” list on my blog.

    Much respect to Billy Sunday for being real about all this. I have no objections to fucking with MTV (BET too).

  • http://www.musically-minded.blogspot.com/ Jeremy Giles

    It was funny to see your post from a year or so ago about the MTV Hip-Hop Brain Trust.

    I had just written a short response to their “Hottest MCs” list on my blog.

    http://www.musically-minded.blogspot.com

    Much respect to Billy Sunday for being real about all this. I have no objections to fucking with MTV (BET too).

  • Leroy

    SAVE BILLY SUNDAY

  • Makaveli

    Life’s a bitch like the mother from Blow!

    The only reason i check this site is for your posts! Keep it real BXS… everything will come right, just keep it moving!

    What will be will be…

  • Timbo

    XXLmag.com’s bloggers page used to be a great read. Guess I can delete that bookmark now. Best of luck for the next venture BXS, you’re a damn good writer.

  • jonathan

    them niggas is haters on call! you let them ruin your life! and go love them! i did that already! goodluck and take care! you mofuckas is a joke! i dont owe none of you niggas nothing! you niggas will kill and cover up for the worst kind of shit in the world for a dollar! playing the house monkeys and then when shit goes down start preaching some black power shit! you are the worst kind of niggas! crabz in a barrel! this shit aint about no black empowerment! these niggas aint sharing! its about greed envy whores! you understand! goodluck and take care! nigga! i lived this life! your watching breif moments! goodluck!

  • Liam

    Men At Work is crazy, good hype song.

    “The only reason i check this site is for your posts!”
    ^
    lol i’ve never read a non-blog xxl article, hopefully I’ll never have to.

  • BILLY X SUNDAY`S BOSS

    BILLY, YOU`RE FIRED!

  • fasteddie

    Hate to see you go. You dropped some real gems and you stayed true to hip-hop, not “rap”. The most memorable post I read of yours was where the N-word actully originated from. I was fascinated and actually got knowledge from that. You did your job here and dropped knowledge on topics most of us had no clear clue on. Thanks bro. Stay positive.

  • mike lavona

    hey billy,

    we know you’re one of the strongest proponents of ‘real talk’ out there. we truly appreciate it, and we’ll hate to see you go. but how bout one last bit of real talk for all us ig’nant readers:

    -just how much does xxl pay its bloggers?
    -is/was(?) this your primary source of income?
    -what does a laid off blogger do next?

    etc.

    best of luck in the future bxs

  • Semi-hardbody

    Billy X

    Man, your shit is cool, I didn’t always did the post, but you didn’t just give the masses what they wanted either. You spoke your mind, stuck to your guns, + “tha Script,” and for that you desrve many acolades.

  • Standing ovation

    If they do give you one, I’mma use my AK-47 to clap @ you fool…

  • http://www.rockthedub.com khal

    BXS > Jackpot

    speak on it.

  • http://www.going.com/larrybrite Larry Mother Fuckin Brite

    its the dope raps @ low cost
    my thoughts on love gained & love lost

    i suppose showing emotion should sound really soft?
    but i really don’t care what u thought was going on here

    for a plethera of raps, please stay right there.

    amusing vocal workshop, for even verbally impaired
    we shock the shit outta consumers like a mad cow scare

    Really how can we look bad when WE THE DOPEST OUT HERRR

    Things fall apart, so okay player, are u listening?
    i’ma fucking bring anarchy starting this year, till infinity – never finishing – your diminishing – loosing your blood line like a kennedy

    a string of tragidys resembeling my own families mis-haps

    the 1st thing i remember is that – my one cousen smoked crack, and another had a father as a unknown fact

    see we chemically dependent, my momma never pictured it! i think about this like every fuckin time i take a shi%

    and even tho the situations bleek- it’s only what u make of it – cause now my line is filled with moe fuckas that will scrimage a B!

    hit em up with 2 lines just to mess em up an pillage it – funky as gorilla shit – feel my sting that slays like i’m venomis

    you battin’ .120 – i already know just why u missing this -

  • lancelot

    SAVE BILL

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Y’all homos are gonna e-thug forever?

    Some of your parents would be so embarrassed that they worked their asses off so that their little seeds could become internets thugs.

    Standing O, you prA’li never even held a gun in your hand. I won’t miss the faggotry on this side of town. This is why Hip-Hop don’t have no more chicks fucking with it. Y’all niggers became bitches. Now go get a sex change like Santogold.

  • BIGNAT

    THEY CAN’T REPLACE YOU HOMIE SO I DON’T THINK THEY WOULD DARE DO IT. IF THEY DO LET ME SAY YOU REMIND ME OF MY OLDER BROTHER. A WEED SMOKING OLDER GUY WHO WILL ALWAYS SHARE SOME WISDOM EVEN WHEN IT SEEMS HE IS JUST TALKING RECKLESS. HIS LATEST GEM TEXAS IS A COUNTRY WITHIN A COUNTRY THEY HAVE THERE OWN EMBASSY(HOPE I SPELLED THAT RIGHT) IN OTHER COUNTRIES. FUNNY THING IS THE HEADQUARTERS OF MOST FOURTUNE 500 COMPANIES IN THE U.S. ARE IN TEXAS. THATS SOME CRAZY SHIT WELL BILLY WU SAID HIP HOP WAS IN TROUBLE BACK IN 97 AND IT HAS ONLY GOT WORST. GOOD RAP CD’S WOULD COME OUT LIKE EVERY 2 WEEKS NOW IT’S LIKE GOOD RAP IS A MOVIE. YOU HEAR ABOUT IT BUT YOU NEVER SURE WHEN THAT SHIT IS GOING COME OUT. A COUPLE DAYS AGO I WAS LISTENING TO KOOL G RAP KILL IT ON THE SONG (THE REALEST) FROM MURDA MUZIK. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON’T KNOW THATS A MOBB DEEP ALBUM BEFORE THEY STARTED SUCKING.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    XXL don’t need to replace me. I got over 250 drops at this site.

    I’m sure there will be new voices that come here and do their thing. And if they don’t y’all niggas will give ‘em the business properlike.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Mike Lavona,
    You must be pretty wealthy to wear ig’nance like a badge of courage. Where did your wealth come from? I hope it wasn’t from a ivorce settlement between your parents.

    I wwas taught by my father never to ask a man what he has in his pockets, front or back. That’s for the police, snitches and faggots so that makes it ghey all aorund.

    Keep that last piece of ‘Real Talk’ right there.

  • mike lavona

    haha. my wealth has nothing to do with it. it’s called (drum roll please) INTERNET ANONYMITY!!

    at least you could answer the “was this your primary source of income” part…

  • mike lavona

    and if you really must know how i got my riches….

    I’M A STORE OWNA

  • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com DJ Daddy Mack

    I am going to miss Billy’s posts. But its time for some next cats. They better boot Bol too.

  • EReal

    Guess I called it huh?

    As BXS would say,
    Duce Duce ya Bitchmade Coward!

    At least you have plenty of time to read comic books and obsess over your 90s ass rugby polos and fruitcake shoe collection. Plus it’ll give you and your buttbuddy Raphy plenty of time to go on dates to the fast food store to make up ghetto sandwiches.

    PEACE!