2008′s Top 5 Love/Hate List

I’m sure by now many of you have seen XXL’s end of the year Love/Hate issue. We’ve obviously all got our own opinions. I figured it was only right that I write about the things I loved and hated in 2008. So here goes:

1) Rick Ross being revealed as a CO– I like some of Ross’ music, but the sheer audacity of his big bossman persona, since day 1, has come off as over the top and damn near farcical to me. I was a lone man at one point, claiming he was duping the masses. And sure enough, he was. Jokes on you, jack. Loved it more because of how stupid he made his diehard supporters feel.

2) Rumored Kelis Sex Tape– I was a Kelis stan from day 1, so the thought of getting to see someone plug her on camera was a dream of fucking an r&b chick come true. Unfortunately, the tape never leaked. Still, we can dream.

3) Kim Osorio’s Tell All Book About The Source Magazine– copped off Amazon and read the entire book cover to cover in about four hours. If not for the sheer fuckery that went on in the story, it was great trip down memory lane, back when the music industry– at least in New York– was something you might have actually been proud of saying you were a part of.

4) Yung Berg gets his chain robbed by associates of Trick Trick/Yung Berg Gets Slapped By Maino– I’m not much of an advocate of hip-hop thuggery– especially by guys without hit records– but not since the days of KRS One throwing PM Dawn off stage has a rapper fallen from grace so fast. And to be clear, I don’t wish that on anyone, but still, it’s like the universe righting itself when someone like Yung Berg gets the fear of God put into him.

5) Hipster Movement– not a big fan of hipsters or the hipster scene or what it’s doing to New York or any city it hits, but I do like the DIY ethos that this scene promotes. It’s how an act like Kidz In The Hall, with no major machine backing them, gets to premier their video on BET’s 106 and Park. From the upstart clothing lines, to the mixtapes, to the parties, it’s an inclusive sect. And while the music is hit or miss, it’s encouraging to see some modern-day Horatio Alger stories unfolding right before our eyes.

1) Akon having his criminal past revealed to be fabricated by the Smoking Gun– There was no reason to pick on Akon. Sure his calling card was claiming to be “Locked Up” a few years back, but now he’s gone pop (and country), and well, messing with him about his past is like continuing to mess with Michael Jackson because he was once black. The media is obsessed with the truth. The public could care less, as long as Akon keeps them partying their lives away in a recession.

2) Rumored Kelis Sex Tape– only thing worse than the rumor that a Kelis sex tape existed, was the fact that said rumor was just a rumor. It was truly disappointing. And in addition to just the sheer fantasy of watching Kelis get hammered, I figured her career might get a reboot had the tape ever been released. Because let’s face it, that chick is pretty fucking talented.

3) Cam’ron “selling” Juelz contract for 2 million– Cam’ron didn’t sell shit. Juelz Santana, regardless of how I may feel about the guy’s music (I think he’s actually pretty damn good), is not worth 2 dollars to Def Jam, let alone 2 million. That’s why all these rappers leave the labels with their recordings nowadays, cause them shits have no value. That was just Cam’s way of saving face.

4) Unofficial rapper remixes of MIA’s “Paper Planes”– rappers are so behind the curve that it took them damn near a year to discover “Paper Planes,” i.e. that hit record that they were going to record their own shitty verse to and pawn off as an exclusive (see: Jim Jones). Hip-Hop karaoke couldn’t be any colder in 2008.

5) Rapper Social Networking Sites– how do rappers stay relevant? By taking great ideas and remixing them with a little urban twist. Lame. From Ludacris to TI to 50 to Prodigy, rappers were popping up with social networking sites every 5 minutes. Too bad they’re all 5 minutes too late. The web 2.0 bubble has bursted, my friends. Even Facebook’s valuation has plummeted, so what makes you think anyone wants to come to your site and “connect?” Please.

What are your top 5 love/hate moments?

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  • Rob The Music Ed

    yeah I couldnt stand all those “Paper Plane” remixes. smh

  • http://www.xxlmag.com jackpot

    Co-sign on “Paper Planes.” I hate that rappers are such dick riders, man. It’s shameful how shameless they are.

  • http://xxl All Dae

    5 love moments are

    1. Ross being exposed. dont mean to bite Goochs choice but this revelation was huge to the rap game concerning living yr lyrics.

    2. Royal Flush. Hottest song of the year. A good song draws you in instead of me trying to feel it. A music moment but a moment non the less.

    3. Solja Boy blows the phuk up. It’s good to see a 18 year old come up in the rap game. The kids future is game set match.

    4. The rise of hip hop blogging and the comments shaping hip hop. Cats like Bol, Billy X, Meka Soul among many others have shitted on rappers told great stories and allowed the real heads to give our imput. That made and broke or exposed fake sh*t. Brought to light hidden gems and made Nore loss weight. The main reason I come on this site is to read Bol and Billy X.

    5. Kanye West taking a risk and singing. It paid off. If you don’t like it hate on me at the club while I dance with a fine latina grinding to Heartless and Love Lockdown. Go kick a freestyle…lol

    5 hate moments are

    1. Young Burg loosing the hottest chain since the Nas’s Queensbride peice. Transformers are going to be around for kids when I’m old. That chain was golden. Think Burg just think.

    2. The whole remove n!gger and swear words from rap. Russle and Mr. Do and a lot of other jackasses thought they’d save the world by removing swearing from one music genre. Ok….

    3. Barak Obama using hip hop for his politics. Just run the country Hussein stop acting like yr hip hop.

    4. Dr. Dre’s constant teasing. Just destroy the rap game….again….already.

    5. Kanye West on Conan O’Brian. Was dude coked up? Just askin…

  • Mutada al sader the king

    Good read paul, I was mad about that Kelis shit too, but then again it would have been fucked up for Nas having gone through the Carmen whit with Jay-z and the tell all book.

  • Moi

    #1 hated moment was ice-t’s reply to soulja boy. to see someone once so potent and smart look so ridiculous and dumb really hurt.

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

    This pretty much covers it all. Love the list. Altho I would include Slaughterhouse forming as a thing I loved.

  • tony grand$

    We covered the basics last “love/hate” blog, for the most part we all had diff vantage points of the same chicanery, but one moment sticks in my head as, um, the most awkward of ’08.

    Kanye’s performance on SNL. This nigga is weird. I’m not talkin bout his music, or even his effeminate personality disorder, I’m speakin on his spaz of a set. If niggas aint see it, its on YouTube, VuClip, sumn.

    Just him in general was all the love/hate I needed this year.

    *sorry weezy, u almost had it*

  • http://shazisrad.blogspot.com superxshaz

    The list is basically on point.

    & I definitely agree with the ‘Paper Planes’ comment ; I like how NOBODY I knew wanted to hear MIA’s song til they featured it in Pineapple Express.

    OH OH!
    & I hated the fact that VH1 gave stupid Chance & Real the opportunity to have a shitty ass ‘dating show’ ; ARGH.

  • amar

    i dont see how u can comment on paper planes but not on all the “A milli” remixes. I’m actually curious to hear your thoughts on that

  • miles archer

    For me, without question, number one Hate moment had to be watching the video where Puff compared “Carter 3″ (as an artistic achievement) to “Ready To Die”.


    I still wanna smack the proactiv toner outta son for saying what might be the biggest “Negroe Please” moment of my life.

    Definately co-sign “Royal Flush” as one of my favorite things to happen all year. First time I heard it I thought Big Boi’s verse was an old acapella circa “ATLiens”. In the days when The Source was relevant 3000 absolutely would of gotten qouteable of the year for that.

    Also, if ya’ll haven’t seen “In Bruges”, ya sleepin on the best movie I’ve seen in ten years. No bullshit, go rent that shit.


    • FlapJack

      In Bruges was hilarious.
      “Fuck off, Ken. They’re filming midgets”

      Carter 3 was the Ready to die of its day yo. track for track

      Number one hate of the year:

      First time I heard T.I’s version of the numa numa song

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

    Top 5 Loved:

    Jim Jones:
    “We superstars; no Lupe…”

    “Y’all might know me as ‘Tip,’ but this is about another kind of tip…”

    Busta Rhymes + Ron Browz:
    “Ha-lalee-lall-layi-all-nayee-all!! Oo-ooooo! We gettin’ A-rrrrrrab moneey!”

    Soulja Boy:
    “Nigga, you ought to be ashamed of yo’self…”

    Young Buck:
    “Sometimes a nigga get confused…”


    Leave the hate in 2008. Get on the grind in 2009. Take that.

  • Hate Hate and more Hate

    My favorite moments for 2008 was:

    All the rappers that flopped, specially Soulja Boy.

    All the rappers and wanna be rappers that got knocked the fuck out, specially Sugar Bear aka Suge Knight getting knocked the fuck out

    All the rappers that got their chains took

    All the rappers that got their homes foreclosed

    All the fake ass rappers that got exposed (Dame Dash, Rick Ross, etc)

    All the rappers that got arrested and/or sent to jail

    All the rappers that got shot at or shot

    All the rappers that snitched

    All the corny rappers that died, because if it wasn’t for you kicking the bucket we would have forgot about your wack ass.

    2008 was a good year!!

    • FlapJack

      ^^Hater of the year
      Runners up: Dame Dash,H.Clinton, Cristal, Jesse Jackson, Bol and Fox News

      – Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go home, and put some water in Buck Nasty’s mommas dish

    • tony grand$

      After all this time immersing myself in hip hop, & I had no idea that Damon Dash was a fake ass rapper. Whodathunkit?

      • Hate Hate and more Hate

        @ Tonya Grandma

        Fake ass rapper = wanna be rapper = Dame Dash

        Dame Dash loved being in the spotlight like a damn diva . . .more like a video whore. Sometimes it was hard to tell if it was Jay-s’s video or Dame’s. So to me he was a fake ass rapper.

  • Around and Around

    -Underwriter’s dumb ass posts
    -OG Bobby J’s no healthcare having seed
    -TPAR’s extra gayness

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

    Around, I didn’t even know that you existed anymore. Sorry to see that you’re obviously still stuck in cretinism and loserdom, and I hope you stop masturbating with donuts in 2009.

    What happened to your bodyguard TPAR? Or as Bey would say it, “Where yo’ boss at?”

    You’re the female version of a hustla. Don’t make me take it back to 07 and turn you into a XXLMAG.com petting goat again.

    And 1 more thing: why the hell are you still reading my posts anyway?

  • Lord Maximus

    YEs, rapper social networking sites like Asher Roth’s and Soulja BOy’s SOD are really gay, Luda’s wemix site is actually pretty damn cool.

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

    Now I remember what I hated the most but everyone forgot; the fake 2pac story about Big killing him that was retracted a day later since it was based all on info from serial liars.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com 615banga

    808′S & Heartbreak..except Heartless
    Auto-Tune..except for T-Pain& Lollipop(kanyes verse on the remix is an exception too)
    exposing Rick Ross past
    bow wow tryin to be soulja boy
    buck getting kicked out of g-unit

    young jeezy and game only going gold
    tight jeans on “gangsta” rappers. (come on wayne)
    fat joe being southern (your better as an east coast rapper on east coast beats)
    bust it baby pt. 2
    plies new single “Put It On Ya”
    dedication 3
    dj khaleds yelling

    The Greatest Story Ever Told-David Banner
    2 Trill- Bun B
    Definiton Of Real- Plies
    T.O.S.- G Unit
    Trilla- Rick Ross
    Raw Footage- Ice Cube
    Paper Trail- T.I.
    Theatre Of The Mind- Ludacris
    LAX- The Game
    The Carter 3- Lil Wayne
    Untitled- Nas

    gucci manes mixtapes
    the albums that went gold and platinum
    jim jones calling that cop a “pussy”
    Obama being President
    Nasty Girl beat by Swizz Beatz (from theatre of the mind)

    • 619

      Rick Ross aka Carl Winslow copied his name, life story, and look from Freeway Rick. Freeway Rick even spoke on it from behind bars, but when they interviewed Carl Wi…um I mean the immitation Ricky Ross about copying the name he said he had never even heard of Freeway Rick. What the fuck? Okay, so you mean to tell me you name yourself Rick Ross(sounds like Freeway Rick), talk about movin’ keys with Latin American connects(sounds like Freeway Rick), grow a thick beard(sounds like Freeway Rick), but you’ve never heard of Freeway Rick? Fuck outta here! Looks like we got another Southern cat that jacked the West for our style.

      • Hate Hate and more Hate

        I agree that Rick Ross is a fake ass nigga, but if he had really coppied the west coast, we would have a Jerry Curl, some K-swiss on his feet and make songs about ghost riding the whip.

        Fast like a Nascar

        • 619

          Just like the West had Franchise Boys lookin’ “so clean in their white tees”, Mike Jones “crusin’ down the street in his six fo”, and T.I. gettin’ “front, front, back, side to side”. The same reason Lil’ Wayne tries to wear the red bandana, and Rick Ross tries to represent the name. The same reason the South tries to cruise lowriders. Only the South is about 20 years behind us, rappin’ about shit we were rappin’ about in the 80′s.

        • 619

          Oh yeah and don’t forget about how the West got at least half the beats the South makes startin’ with that same drum machine intro that DJ Quik was already usin’ in ’87. Or P-Stain soundin’ like a robot. But those are the “South’s signature sounds” right? Fuck outta here!
          West West

  • miles archer

    “Carter 3 was the Ready to die of its day yo. track for track”…

    U know what… after some time to think about it, you’ve convinced me.

    In that same vein, I’ve also decided: the Jews were behind 9/11, Oswald acted alone, and that fingerpainting I just finished on my ceiling is shitting all over the Sisteen Chapel.

    In the words of my man Lonnie Lynn,”I wonder if these wack n#$g&s realize they wack/and they the reason that my people say they tired of rap”…

    I’m not gonna rehash the same DeWayne “My lollipop is 500 degreez” Carter argument that’s been had on here ten million times. I actually thought “Dr. Carter” & “Let the beat build” were strong, creative songs. But c’mon…
    “Carter 3 was the Ready to die of its day yo. track for track”…

    I can’t even say that with a straight face.
    Artistically, that shit is more like the “Come Home With Me” of it’s day(No Computers Computin’).


    • FlapJack

      Wouldn’t be so sure those jews didn’t have anything to do with it.

      The sixteenth chapel aint all that as far as art goes..it’s just a major achievement.

      Oswald might have pulled that trigger all by himself.

      It’s not “Ready to Die” status, I’ll give you that.. But it does have certain similaritys.

      Come Home With Me is a classic album..