My ’09 Hip-Hop Resolutions

Since ’08 was a bust for me personally, in contrast it gave me an invigorated musical hope with the slew of new underground/hardcore/hipster rappers. As much as everyone has been crying about how dead hip-hop is, ask those very same people to name some new, creative hip-hop artists and they couldn’t do it if their lives depended on it.

In the golden eras, you had to search and dig and stay up till the wee hours of the morn’ to record off the radio or hit the record shops or go to a show to feel the classics we enjoy today. The search and rescue element of this generation’s hip-hop head is missing. So the flippant comment concerning the state of hip-hop isn’t coming from a knowledge nor experienced standpoint, but from a what-I-just-heard-this-week stance. Just frequenting your average blog will turn up some newness, but are you really connecting with the music? I check for the latest Jada, but I’m also checking out the random artists that aren’t known and don’t have the buzz that the main names have. I say all this to announce my hip-hop resolutions for 2009. Hopefully this list will keep my mind right for the task of providing the best hip-hop coverage we can bring. Will I stick to all of it? Who knows, but here they goes…

-To listen to even more underground hip-hop this year (I did a great job at this in ’08)

-To check out more old school videos to jog my memory

-Learn how to do at least one of the wack dances that will come out in ’09

-Twitter more (check me at twitter.com/xxlstaff, until further notice)

-Have at least one curve ball XXL cover (some unexpected hot shit, like our 10 Freshman issue)

-Actually listen to at least one track from the cats that hand me CDs on the street (and at least 35 seconds of the ones that are emailed to me)

-Get Cam’Ron out of hiding

-To hear myself on AutoTune (shit, everyone else is trying it out)

-Listen to at least one hip-hop radio station (by airwaves or the internet) from every state in the union. If you guys have suggestions, send them my way

-To stop passing on music with terrible cover art

-To organize at least one DJ only showcase event (might throw a beat battle in it though)

-Not let other people’s opinion corrupt my thoughts before I hear the music

-Not click on every dumb ass video where rappers are beefin’ over dumb ass shit

-To find a hot, new, (sexy is optional) female rapper to praise

-Get to more live shows outside of New York (went to the Glow in the Dark Tour in Chi-town…dope)

-To let some of you comment posters blog for the XXL Live from 1115 section from time to time (G-UNot Killa, you might be first up homie)

-Record more video from exclusive spots (I’ve been holding out on y’all)

-Get you dudes a chance to kick it to the Eye Candy girls (no stalking them you lames)

  • Pierzy

    I have two major ones:

    1. Listen to classics more. Not just “Illmatic” and “Cuban Linx” but also early KRS, Rakim, PE, EPMD, etc… Listen to what it was like in the glory days.

    2. Also listen to more underground or, at least, less mainstream than just a handful of artists a year.

    And of course as a loyal poster I love this one:
    “-To let some of you comment posters blog for the XXL Live from 1115 section from time to time (G-UNot Killa, you might be first up homie)”

  • og bobby j

    agreed.

    i would ether these comment flunkies ….no bullshit

  • http://www.uptownempire.com Trouble

    “Get Cam’ron out of hiding”, please do, so we can hear some REAL EAST COAST RAP AGAIN !!!

    My resolutions are:

    *Stop ignoring shit that comes on the radio. After listening to some of this commercial hip-hop u gotta respect SOME of it.

    *Buy a classic album every time a lame album drops and flops LOL.

    *Get back on the mixtape circuit, even if most of the songs are recycled and reused.

  • geico lizard

    -Have at least one curve ball XXL cover (some unexpected hot shit, like our 10 Freshman issue) Put an athlete on the cover and shake up the business like Vince Young(gets advice from TI),Chris Johnson(should have been rookie of the year but still made pro bowl),Chris Hope(pro bowl and cool guy),Albert Haynesworth(dominates like lil wayne)or maybe even lendale white(was in a too short video and he is chauncey billups cousin, stomped on the terrible towel and that was as cold as any diss record between rappers.

    -To let some of you comment posters blog for the XXL Live from 1115 section from time to time (G-UNot Killa, you might be first up homie)Thats a great idea because gunot killa is funny when he doesnt talk about murder or dead rappers.

    -Get you dudes a chance to kick it to the Eye Candy girls (no stalking them you lames)I was planning on doing this after i won the powerball lottery but you are my hero if you hook it up now so at least I will know the woman loves me for me when i was broke and not my future lottery millions.

    • amar

      g unot killa is like the charlie murphy of xxl. SHOW CHARLIE MURPHY YOUR TITTIES BITCH.

  • Rob the Music Ed

    I can’t wait to hear you on auto-tune big homie!

    And damn that Freshman cover was the shit wasn’t it?!?
    Best Magazine Issue to drop all year PERIOD- or am I just bias?

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

      the freshmen cover was the best i ever seen. real talk. i carry it around with me at all times.

      -Have at least one curve ball XXL cover (some unexpected hot shit, like our 10 Freshman issue)

      soulja boy?

      -To let some of you comment posters blog for the XXL Live from 1115 section from time to time (G-UNot Killa, you might be first up homie)

      -_-

  • Jerm

    my one resolution, is to download less and buy more cds…this year i got into buying CDs for my artists that i like to hear and support.

    Downloading is a waste of time, since u can get viruses (happened about 3 times, and it sux to lose exclusive music) that fuck ur comp up sometimes costing u money to repair or repurchase one…So i got into buyin CDs, and i tell u its alot better, u get the album art, and the authenticity of the music is nice, knowing that u got the disc right there…plus its always nice to know the credits every once in a while.

    So everyones resolution should be…is buy CDs, not iTunes tracks, but CDs at target, walmart or wherever u buy CDs!!!!!

  • Jerm

    and the G-Unot Killa idea is WICKED!!! LOL

    also wit CDS, sooner or later in teh future, since everything is goin digital…u guys think CDs from the past will be more rare/worth more!?!?!?!

    any thought!?!?!?

  • styles11

    Lets see… I dont remember tapes gaining. who knows maybe.

    Lets see mine are
    like jerm to start buying cd,s (the quality is way better than mp3) SLU sounds tighter on cd than on my computer.

    Ive realized that the more i read these issues that involve wack ass rappers like lil wayne and soulja boy, the more xxl posts them. so hence forth anything that innvolves an artist i see as rubbish or the xxl staff having a bias to is to be ignored and avoided

    To read peoples views and rumblings (im diggin the g-unot killa movement) its more fun to read the comments than the news anyway, big up to oj bobby j and matt herbz for the entertainment

    start fuxin with the underdogs – they hav more hip-hop in them than jay-z and nas

    support the bring crunk back movement – thats the shit to get wild in a club to. not t.i and his fantasies abt what he wants to do with gropies or t-pain, flo rida and bridwalk homo and wayne (thats all i hear in the club these days)

    buy dr dre and eminems album – cant wait for that og cronic sound to bang in the ride and that shady shit to bang my head on the door to. (ive got the 40 bucks set aside just incase the recession gets worse)

  • Ali

    here’s mine

    *Don’t ignore a rapper or not take time to listen to him just because I don’t like his rap name or are too lazy (Black Milk for example)

    *Research more old stuff (cuz Lord knows the new shit sucks)

    *Don’t buy an album cuz others recommended it (sorry yall, Killer Mike wasn’t that good)

    *Don’t hate on a new album be4 hearing it just because the artist’s last album sucked

    *Give ANYBODY a chance, and least finish a verse from every new cat I hear

  • Mika

    A hunned for Ali ^^ esp on tht Killer Mike shit.come on y’all.. really ?

  • SW PHILLY

    That Cam’ron comment was on pont. But where the fuck is my man MF DOOM ?!! LMAO Nigga been AWOL for a minute!

    • GorillaJoe

      Word! Doom is like the underground equivalent of Cam, especially since both have been MIA most of ’08.

  • http://xxl ryan

    yes bout that cam thing. im really gettin tired of these cats claimin 2 have swagger when cam is the one that reinvented the word.

  • Parispolice

    - get a chance to blog for a hip hop site

    - accept Jay z as a mediocre rapster

    - convince the world lil wayne was a rapper in 95 and a goof in 07/08

    - promote the Canadian hip hop scene (bellylive.com)

    - fall in love with hip hop again (haven’t heard much this year besides the westcoast acts that impressed me, and kanye)

    - appreciate jeezy’s music