BLOG: What Did You Love/Hate About 08?

By now I’m sure most of ya’ll have read our January/February Love/Hate issue featuring 50 Cent on the cover.

Some of the things I personally loved and hated this year don’t particularly fit into the categories we featured in the issue, so I figured I’d list them here. I must say, I surprisingly loved hip-hop albums this year. I pretty much expected 08 to be the worst hip-hop year ever, but looking back it was much better than 06 and 07. I actually enjoyed a number of albums like Jeezy’s The Recession, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III, Q-Tip’s The Renaissance, Nas’ Untitled, Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak, T.I.’s Paper Trail, Game’s LAX…The list goes on.

I hate rappers increasingly jocking rockers and sporting rock-ish wear when they couldn’t name 10 rock albums. I loved Barack Obama becoming the first black president, hated Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes dying, hated a children school collapsing in Haiti, hated Jennifer Hudson’s family getting killed, loved the finale season of The Wire, hated that they killed off Omar, loved Dexter, hated that Curb Your Enthusiasm is taking well over a year to come back, loved Entourage, hated Heath Ledger dying, loved The Dark Knight, loved the Bedford Boys’ rooftop party, hated industry parties without open bars, hated Diddy blogs, hated SOHH being hacked, hated Diddy blogs, loved Billy X. Sunday’s drunk blogs, loved Latarian Milton’s youtube clips, hated Diddy blogs, loved Kanye West’s blog, loved saying “pause” just for the sport, hated people using it out of context…

Loved Kevin Garnett finally winning his first championship, hated his post Game 6 interview with Michell Tafoya, loved Inside The NBA with E.J., Charles and Kenny, loved that the NBA is exciting again, hating this recession, hate seeing my homies get laid off, hated Diddy blogs, still hate wack publicists, loved G-Unot Killa, hated Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the damn leg, loved rappers directly responding to bloggers, hated that it’s getting out of hand, loved Iron Man, loved Robert Downey Jr.s comeback, hated the hipster phenomenon, hated that Jay-Z thinks people are still jocking him, loved E! Entertainment flying us to Cabo for one day, hate E! Entertainment flying us to Cabo for one day, loved Kim Kardashian, loved Paula Patton, loved Lauren London, loved Sharon Leal, loved Alicia Keys, loved Mel B, hate that I haven’t fixed any of their sinks yet, still love Nia Long and Sanaa Lathan, hated almost every award show, loved The Parker Report, hate how arrogant some of these new jacks are…I could keep going, but you get the picture.

What about you guys? What are some of the things you loved and hated about 2008? -Jackpot

  • Enlightened

    I loved seeing Barack do the thang, I hated to see people using the words swag and swagger to fuckin much!

  • Enlightened

    I mean TOO fuckin much!!

    P.S. I know a lot of people hate seeing Beyonce so much, but I can’t lie, I still love seeing that broad – but I hate hearing her always singing bullshit songs on hip-hop beats – bitch go hook up wit real R&B producers and writers and make some timeless shit.

  • Marco V.

    Man where to begin,
    I hated seeing My Oakland Raiders fall down the hole they always seem to dig them selves into, I hated seeing no talent rappers become the latest thing based off one stupid ass track, I aint Crankin Shit Souljah Boy, I hated seeing tha tight jeans and Lime green colored shirts, Niggaz need to step they game up, grown ass men shouldn’t wear there little brothers jeans!!!

    • 619

      L.T.!!!!!! SOMETHING I LOVED: 11 WINS IN A ROW AGAINST THE FLASHBACK FADERS!

  • slim

    became a FAN of TI
    the change in faschion ( can name 10 rock albums )

  • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

    I HATE:

    GAS PRICES FOUR DOLLARS AND SOME CHANGE

    PEOPLE LOOSING JOBS LEFT AND RIGHT

    KANYE DOING THE T-PAIN HIS WHOLE ALBUM

    SARAH PALIN (EVERYTHING ABOUT HER)

    MCCAIN SUPPORTERS JUST BECAUSE OBAMA IS BLACK

    MAIN STREAM NEW YORK RAPPERS SOUNDING LIKE THE SOUTH

    TIGHT JEANS EPIDEMIC

    THE BAILOUT FOR THE RICH

    GOING TO FUNERALS

    NO OTHER EXCEPT WAYNE RAPPERS GOING MULTI

    STILL AINT FOUND BIN LADEN

    BERNIE MAC AND ISSAC HAYES DYING

    K-SWIFT DYING B-MORES FINEST

    SOLJA BOY SAYING THANKS SLAVE MASTERS
    (WHAT A FUCKING IDIOT)

    LITTLE GIRLS SINGING ” APPLE BOTTOM JEANS BOOTS WITH THE FURRR…”

    PLIES BEING THE REALEST NIGGA IN THE ROOM

    RICK ROSS REALLY KNOWS NOREIGA IN THE DADE COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

    • Simple like ABC, 123

      “PLIES BEING THE REALEST NIGGA IN THE ROOM”

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

      Co-sign

      Plies = mentally retarded person

  • Pierzy

    What’s good…

    LOVED:
    Nas’ Untitled
    Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak
    Ludacris’ Theater of the Mind
    T.I.’s Paper Trail
    The Game’s L.A.X.
    The Office
    30 Rock
    Tina Fey’s impression of Sarah Palin
    Howard Stern
    Bubba The Love Sponge
    The Patriots losing
    Most of all, the Negro Please blog.

    HATED:
    Lil Wayne’s hype and people buying into the idea that he’s the greatest rapper alive
    T-Pain acting like he’s the greatest thing to happen to music
    Akon claiming Nate Dogg can’t fuck with him
    Bol’s blog
    Oprah (like every year)
    The LOX still not releasing a new album
    Most of all, the economic collapse

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

    Hated: 808s, that Jay Smooth got detted by XXL, Heath Ledgers death right when I realized he was a genius, the last season of the Wire not living up to the previous 4 seasons, the recession, the decline of the mag biz, that Nas had to change his album title, getting gassed off of Em, waiting for Detox, waiting for Cuban Links, that Soulja Boy just wont go away, kanye’s blog, hiptsers.

    Loved: Tina Fey as Sarah Palin (and Tina Fey in general), Rik Cordero vids, anything with Joe Buddens on it, Nigger + DIRT + Tronic + C3 + TOS + Paper Trail + Jeanius (for finally getting released) (i would say that this year was weaker than 06 and 07, still), Nahright, anything with Jay Smooth on it, Jim Jones’ off broadway play, The Dark Knight! Lost, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Wale + Jay Electronia + Kid Cudi, Plax shooting himself, Bush on his way out, Twitter, making fun of hipsters.

    That’s all I can think of off the top.

  • geico lizard

    Love: Obama won, Tennessee Titans winning
    Hate:

  • Izza

    Love:

    LAX.

    Hate:

    The Economy.

    Too high to list more.

  • that guy

    I HATE:

    GAS PRICES FOUR DOLLARS AND SOME CHANGE

    PEOPLE LOOSING JOBS LEFT AND RIGHT

    KANYE DOING THE T-PAIN HIS WHOLE ALBUM

    SARAH PALIN (EVERYTHING ABOUT HER)

    MCCAIN SUPPORTERS JUST BECAUSE OBAMA IS BLACK

    MAIN STREAM NEW YORK RAPPERS SOUNDING LIKE THE SOUTH

    TIGHT JEANS EPIDEMIC

    THE BAILOUT FOR THE RICH

    GOING TO FUNERALS

    NO OTHER EXCEPT WAYNE RAPPERS GOING MULTI

    STILL AINT FOUND BIN LADEN

    BERNIE MAC AND ISSAC HAYES DYING

    K-SWIFT DYING B-MORES FINEST

    SOLJA BOY SAYING THANKS SLAVE MASTERS
    (WHAT A FUCKING IDIOT)

    RICK ROSS REALLY KNOWS NOREIGA IN THE DADE COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

    ^^^
    that pretty much sums it up

    honorable mention: HIPSTERS, HIPSTER RAPPERS, and 2 much T-PAIN DICK LICKING, and the word SWAGGER. yuck!

  • El Tico Loco

    Hate

    gas shortage (Atlanta)

    tight jeans (cuz the you know the shorts are next)

    Jenna 6 flaunting their fundraiser money and not even spending it on tuition.

    Auto tune songs

    Katt Williams buggin out (we just found out your name is not Money Mike chill out)

    Love

    Obama doing his thing

    Killer Mike, Ice Cube, Static Selektah, Heltah Skeltah, Nas, Ludacris, Jeezy and Game’s albums

    AJF1′s

  • LPEAZY

    Love – Paper Trail, Theater of The Mind, The Recession, L.A.X, 50 goin hard, Dre headphones, EMINEM MAKING A COME BACK even though he never left to his true fans, STEELERS DOIN THE DAMN THING!, WIZ KHALIFA getting major, OBAMA 08!!!

    Hated – DMX fallin off, Burress shooting himself, haters never shuttin the fuck up, half the shit on youtube, weezy goin country…wow…??? lil wayne band wagon, Kanye doin whatever the hell he’s doing

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    Love:
    G-UNOT KILLA’s comments

    Hate:
    Ohio Finest’s comments

  • T.O. rep

    HATE:
    Kanye’s album,ball squash jeans,hipster rap,new rappers acting like bitches,old rappers acting like bitches,rock style clothes,rappers using youtube to air out every “beef” they have,any rapper with lil’ or yung at the start of their name (yep,Weezy too),anything or anyone affiliated with soulja boy.

    LOVE:
    T.I.,Nas,heltah skeltah,Luda’s new albums,Cory Gunz On Da Spot freestyles,Wu Tang documentary,History Channel’s Gangland series,Chris Bosh killing it(even if the Raptors aren’t),the thought that Detox or Cuban Links 2 were coming out soon.

    P.S. Hated:Canadian Parliament shut down
    Loved:America making a change.

  • iSHUE

    HAHAHAHA love the fact that u shouted out G-UNOT KILLA in your blog, he truly is hilarious.

    LOVED:
    808′s
    return of eminem
    the carter III
    tina fey

    HATED:
    pats losing
    losing my virginity to my mother

  • Mr 2.@3

    Loved: Yung Berg and Tyga Getting Their Chains Snatched!\
    The Carter lll (and the fact it went platinum in virtually two days)
    More Hip Hop Albums Going Platinum other than Weezy
    More Jordan Countdown Packs!
    Kanye made an album based on how he felt and didn’t give a fuck about what people thought

  • http://www.xxlmag.com 615banga

    Love

    Albums.
    Nas-Untitled
    Lil Wayne-Tha Carter 3
    The Game-LAX
    T.I.-Paper Trail
    Ludacris-Theatre Of The Mind
    David Banner-The Greatest Story Ever Told
    Bun B- 2 Trill
    Rick Ross-Trilla
    Young Jeezy-The Recession
    G-Unit- T.O.S.

    Hate

    Lil Wayne Auto-Tune

    Skinny Jeans

    Over-usage of the word “swag”

    Beef-

    50 kickin Buck out G-Unit

    John McCain

  • b-ease

    Loved
    The Mixtape About Nothing
    Charles Hamilton (megapause)
    Rick Ross getting exposed
    Young Buck saying “a nigga get confused”
    Jay getting his album pushed back/aborted
    The Nigger tape
    Wayne giving everyone the illusion that CD sales are still viable
    “Day and Nite”
    “Donk”

    Hated
    XXL’s new layout and rating system
    That David Banner song with Wayne
    The Nigger Album
    Kanye’s glasses
    Mickey Factz songs
    That David Banner song with Young Joc
    “Bust it Baby”
    “No Matter What”
    David Banner

  • b-ease

    How could I forget,

    Hate
    The word “swagger”. Seriously fellas, it sounds really gay.

  • http://xxl ryan

    i hated:
    all the millions that bought waynes album

    all the good rappers that dont get he record sales they deserve

    wayne period

    jay z claimin 2 have swagger n b better than biggie

    jim jones claimin 2 b the word swagger n good rapper

    all of the people hatin on g-unot killa

    50 cent still thinkin he is relevant

    game n lupe supposely retirin

    cam’ron album droppin next year

    the fact i havent slept with gabrille union or sarah palin yet

    wat i love: obama winnin but i still got 2 get mine

  • Trenton

    LOVED

    Sanna lathen
    Kim Kardas
    808′s Heartbreaks
    K st lounge Nw Washington Dc
    The Park On 14thSt Nw Washington Dc
    G-Unot-Killah
    Peyton Corinne
    Barack Obamma
    Virgina for voteing Democratic

    HATED
    Diddy blogs
    4 dollar gas prices
    Paul Peirce disrespecting the game
    Young Buck Crying like a Girl
    The Game for being so emotional
    The murder rate in East Baltimore
    The Wire Ending
    John McCaine
    George Bush
    Fat Females Who think there Cute

  • paychexx

    loved: underground hip hop

    hate: mainstream hip hop

    loved: hype up artists not selling records

    hate: real artists not selling records.

  • brand-new

    LOVED: obama winning,dark knight movie,t.i.’s paper trail,g-unit mixtapes
    HATED:dj khaled,tight jeans,george bush,the economy

  • yoprince

    loved obama winning.. hate ppl thinking american politics can solve real problems though

    loved tina fey as sarah palin

    love the return of the lakers

    hate the fake build-a-team celtics

    hate NEW nerdy rap

    hated most jay-z verses

    love the second verse on that brooklyn go hard

    love g unot killa.. hate the ppl who still don’t seem to get the joke

    love random rick ross freestyles

    love jadakiss coming back hard

    love kanye quit rapping.. love 808s n heartbreak

    love carter III, the recession, paper trail, nigger album

    hate 1-888-222-TIPS

    love max b tracks with dame grease

    love herradura silver (something i discovered this yr)

    love banana kushy

    hate video blogs

    love chicks in skinny jeans

    love that beyonce video

  • Worley

    Loved

    Obama becoming president
    Serena and Venus doing it big
    The Nigger Tape
    Gas prices coming down
    Bush out of office
    OJ holding white men at gun point
    Pac Man being reinstated
    Jerry Jones giving n*ggas a chance (Free Mike Vick)
    Plax packing heat
    Negro Please Blog
    Foxy out of jail
    Kanyé spazzing on paparazzi
    Battle rappers snuffing each other
    Rappers getting their chains snatched
    Exposing XXL bloggers using alter egos (TPAR, G-UNOT Killa I see you)
    50 recording Young Buck

    Hated

    The whole tight rockster look
    Hipster rap
    Auto-tune
    SAW V
    Kanyé becoming Steve Urkel
    Airline baggage fees
    OJ groveling at his sentencing
    Plax shooting himself
    Prodigy, Remy and Brat going to jail
    NYPD cops still sodomizing people
    Rappers saying they’ve outgrown rap
    DMX meltdown
    Corrections Officer Rick Ross
    TI and Shawty LO Beef
    The Knicks/Marbury standoff
    Broke rappers and producers

  • markamilyon

    LOVED
    1. suge knight getting knocked out
    2. obama winning the election
    3.the cipher at da hip hop awards
    4. gas went down
    5. danity kane split
    6. the soulja boy/ice-t beef…lol
    7. t.i album
    8.the new blackberry
    9.the 6-ring jordans
    10. sarah palin impressions
    11. the olympics
    12. rick ross getting exposed
    HATED
    1. the economic crash
    2. rick ross lying
    3. young buck crying
    4. rappers blogging
    5. beyonce marrying jay-z
    6. Hancock
    7. soulja boy
    8. o.j. gettin locked up
    9. all the deaths RIP
    10.the word “SWAG”
    11.all the “a milli” remixes
    12. yung berg’s comment towards darkskinned girls.
    13. ringtone rappers
    14. how everyone album got pushed back/cancelled
    15. marco polo

  • yoprince

    got highed up, gotta do more..

    hated T.O.S.

    hated 50 releasing young buck phone convo

    hated whitey finally corralling OJ

    loved Grand Hustle

    hated FOX News

    hated Jesse Jackson

    loved wayne doin a mill first week

    hated ppl saying corey gunz murdered wayne on his own shit.. when wayne had all the lines anyone is going to remember

    loved corey gunz.. pause

    loved Trilla

    loved Nas Untitled

    hated Wayne haters

    hate bloggers making hating cool

    love bloggers

    love the comments section

  • 619

    Hate the fact that none of you know about Scarface’s album. You mafuckers been sleepin’ for the last week or what? All these garbage albums loved but no one recognizes the realest out, the commercial shit got you brainwashed.

    • BIGNAT

      HIS NEW ALBUM IS DAMN NEAR A CLASSIC I DON’T THINK IT’S BETTER THAN MADE BUT IT’S ON PAR WITH IT. THEY BOTH CAN HOLD WEIGHT WITH THE FIX AND LAST OF A DYING BREED

    • yoprince

      it’s not our fault ‘face chooses not to promote albums anymore, shit i’m still bumpin MADE.

  • HipHopFove15

    Hate
    Scarface retiring
    Mainstream hip hop
    Love lockdown
    The T-Pain bullshit voice thing
    The economy
    It getting almost too dry to smoke in my town
    The police (all year, every year)
    How good rappers still aint all on
    Lil Wayne gettin like 50 fuckin covers (was that this year?)
    Dudes dressin like they’re affectionate wit men, stop wit the tight clothes please
    Club rappers trying to actually rap

    Love
    Jadakiss killin it
    The Freshman XXL cover
    Ludacris
    Ludacris on the cover
    Drinking
    Marshall makin a comeback
    Paper Trail (minus whatever you like)

    Damn. 08 was worse than I thought.

  • http://shazisrad.blogspot.com superxshaz

    “I hate rappers increasingly jocking rockers and sporting rock-ish wear when they couldn’t name 10 rock albums.” — YES YES YES ; it kills me when I see ghetto ass girls wearing Nirvana & RHCP tees & can’t name a damn song.

    loved :
    Obama & his family. PERIOD.
    Skins on BBC America [it's nowhere NEAR gossip girl despite the reviews].
    blogspot & bloggers in general.
    Nas putting Fox News on blast for their biased reporting.
    discovering the XXL blog :D

    hated :
    THAT DAMN SAT EXAM [I'm in my senior year of high school]
    the overusage of ‘swag’ ; i know everyone said it but good gravy if I hear that word in my school one more time…
    superhead coming out with a video every other day.
    loud ass girls in the back of the NYC buses & crowding the trains in groups cursing. [will it EVER end?]

    yeah ; that’s it. ;D

  • paychexx

    loved: jay z aint quit( old heads need hip hop too)
    loved: nas not backing down!( i know he change the name but he got his point across) superhero movies clipse new mixtape
    the nigger tape, killer mike’ album, papertrail,raw footage,crooked i weekly,

    hated:

    souljah boy,that get silly nigga, t-pain acting like he created auto-tune and nobody aint check this nigga, swag,tight jeans on niggas( that fag shit). the movie wanted( i thought it was stupid) i hate the facts that these so-called mcs wont end these wack ass niggas careers.

  • paychexx

    oh yeah i hate the term no homo and pause
    jadakiss said it best ” a real man shouldnt have to say no homo”

    nigga if you know you aint gay then you got to say that shit!

    • yoprince

      hate.. ppl getting their panties in a bunch about “no homo” and “pause”. it’s a joke!! a fucking play on words!!

      niggas aren’t really saying, “please don’t think i’m gay,” it’s just clever folks!

  • Chris Mac

    Everyone else is doin it so i thought i’d jump off the cliff today too….

    Loved;
    Lil wayne blowin the fcuk up.
    The numerous albums that came out this year that were actually GOOD for once.
    Bush gettin voted out.
    Andy Sambergs Mark Walhberg impression.
    Tina Feys Palin impression.
    SNL all together steppin it up.
    XXL’s new layout.
    G-unot killa(funny fuck,make my coffee way better dawg)
    Game and bow wow’s $100,000 madden game.
    Hip hop’s slow ressurection.(dun worry god’ll be here before we here some good rap again)

    Hated;
    Lil Wayne
    Soulja Boi
    Video beef’s
    XXL’s top ten freshmen issue(still aint bought it!)
    gas prices
    Weed prices
    The word “swag” where the fuck that shit come from.(i think it stands for Shitty Wannabe Actual Gangstas)
    Half the mofuckas that post comments on this site.
    mumbai situation.
    the worlds situation.
    Me for not havin shit to do and actually postin somthin in response.

  • tony grand$

    Loved:
    The Lakers look for the season
    Baron Davis comin back to LA lookin weak
    USC still dominatin
    SNL political parodies-(gettin all mavericky)
    Jesse Jackson witnessin what he couldn’t accomplish
    My Air Force 1′s
    The Blackberry hatred
    Righteous Kill
    Hancock
    Soul Men
    Kanye becomin a walkin nervous breakdown
    Akon talkin out his ass
    T-Pain mania
    The trailer for “Notorious”
    Heltah Skeltah, EPMD makin monster comebacks
    Evidence
    Marc Echo
    Rap & R&B cats that continue to put their foot in their mouth
    TMZ
    Ron Mex ethering Trick Trick
    My “I Voted” sticker
    OJ gettin called “arrogant” & “ignorant”
    Gym Class Hereos
    Judge Mathis
    My wife & kids (not the show)

    Hated:
    My baby moms
    My Timbs
    Sarah Palin
    Bow wow & Omarion
    R Kelly period
    Hip hop ‘n’ roll
    The Celtics
    Gaudy fake gold ropes
    Those glasses with blinds instead of lenses
    Bitches with fake hair
    Pants that promote yeast infection on male genitilia
    Ppl who take G-UNOT KILLA seriously
    90% of the LAPD
    Blatant racism
    The lack of viable West Coast hip hop
    TMZ
    Judge Judy
    The recession (no, the actual economic state, not Jeezy’s album)
    Ed Hardy
    Run’s House
    LL’s final album
    Anything auto-tuned that shouldn’t be

    I could type all night……

  • Chip

    …but they are still jocking him, you’re a hater if you disagree. look at game jim jones weezy etc

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

    Loved: XXL.com writers and bloggers continuing to push the envelope and inviting response from readers.

    Hated: Having to repost comments 8 times these days because they don’t show up or somebody is sleep at the wheel.