The fight for hip-hop shill supremacy

When it was leaked, the other day, that Russell Simmons would be holding a press conference to announce his role as editor in chief of a media entity, I thought he might be starting a new magazine.

It didn’t make sense why Russell Simmons, or anyone else, for that matter, would be starting a new magazine, when all of the old magazines are laying people off left and right, or going out of business altogether, but I figured it might be a front for T.I. interests.

I remember, a couple of years ago, when his benefactors had him out on a media blitz to discredit the film Blood Diamond, which I guess (I’ve never seen it) suggests that Africa is being raped for its valuable natural resources by a secret cabal of uber wealthy Jews. Who knew? Also, there were those commercials he did about stamping out antisemitism in the black community.

Which is obviously an important issue. If only there were such commercials back in the 1930s, we could have prevented the Holocaust, Tom Cruise-style. Never mind that black people didn’t have anything to do with the Holocaust, or anything else bad that ever happened to the Jews, and, when you hear about antisemitism in the black community, it’s usually BS from what Norman Finkelstein likes to call the Holocaust industry.

But I digress.

Anyhoo, I’ve long had my suspicions about these magazines. I remember reading, a while back, that Jesse Jackson, of all people, was somehow involved in that magazine Radar that keeps going out of business and then coming back every six months or so, thanks to a fresh infusion of new venture capital, despite the fact that there was never much of a business case for it in the first place. But I wouldn’t be surprised if its real purpose doesn’t have anything to do with trying to turn a profit.

And then there’s Elliott Wilson’s new site, to be launched at some point or another (when they get done working on the logo), Rap Radar, which I revealed, a while back, is secretly owned Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg, not to be confused with Hot 97 DJ and high-ranking official in the international zionist conspiracy (helping run interference in the hip-hop community, along with Russell Simmons), Peter Rosenberg. Or are they the same person? Has anyone ever seen the two of them in the same room together? And I remember Peter Rosenberg once had Elliott Wilson on an episode of his Juan Epstein podcast…

The plot thickens…

I was checking Elliott Wilson’s Twitter the other day, because what else am I gonna do, and I saw he was pissed. Another press release had hit the Internets, stating that Russell Simmons is installing himself as editor in chief of Global Grind, which he’s already an “investor” in, and which I guess is repositioning itself as a sort of hip-hop Huffington Post. This, despite the fact that I thought that’s what Global Grind alway was, minus any kind of thought as far as curating the content it aggregates from various blogs and what have you. Or, is that gonna be Blood Diamond Rush’s new role?

At any rate, Elliott Wilson was none too pleased. Check the following series of outbursts from his Twitter:

-@GlobalGrind Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!! Pardon me. I had to laugh at that. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!

-Russell Rush > Russell Simmons

-@GlobalGrind A good lap dance grind > Global Grind. Haaa!!! I’m just playin’. I’m about peace and unity. I was born the day before MLK. Ha!

-Respect your elders I know but c’mon there are exceptions:

-Fuck outta here!…

-Who’s the managing editor Andre Harrell?

-Can Kimora Lee get the cover of a website? Guess she won’t have to cut the check for this one.

-I’m gonna go on the roof of the RR Mansion and start throwin’ typewriters down on niggas heads. Oh you wanna be a journalist? Catch!

Wow, just wow.

I’m pretty sure I know what this is about: Elliott thinks Russell Simmons stole his idea. Part of the new, Russell Simmons-helmed Global Grind is a section where celebrities get their own blogs, a la the real Huffington Post, and I happen to know that Elliott Wilson had that idea… at least a good week before Rush did.

This weekend, I was listening to Elliott’s new podcast (proposed alternate title: Is That His Mom?), and he described how he’s gonna have the exact same thing on his site. He even referenced the Huffington Post, though it was more in reference to the payment scheme he’s planning to use, i.e. not paying anyone anything at all, other than the satisfaction of knowing your writing was published on a (marginally) famous person’s site, and also, most likely, the ability to run interference for your tall Israeli benefactors, like when Jermaine Dupri was sent over to the Huffington Post to try to discredit iTunes. Don’t be surprised if you see a lot more of those kinds of shenanigans in 2009.

What do you fruits think? Is celebrity journalism the next wave in hip-hop journalism? Should XXL try to poach Toccara from Global Grind? Should Elliott Wilson be worried, or should he consider increasing dosage of his blood pressure medication? Or would that hinder (even further) his ability to pop a rod? Speak on it.

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  • geico lizard

    Even if blacks hated jews or thought they were shady and cant be trusted, so what do jews care. How many jews work for black people anyway, we have no power over them why do they care if we like them or not. Russell should focus on not getting clowned by another woman like kimora lee pimped his ass.

  • dameSTATUS

    At a certain point Bol, ya gotta just get out there and live ya life (no TI pubes).. I mean how much real life (for you: MGD, PBR and Gas STation microwavable foodsnacks) can you be living when you are always on “the” facebook and “the” twitter?

    You see how it bit Wale in the ass (no never-will-blow DC artist), right?

  • geico lizard

    Toccaras chest > your girls chest

  • Worley

    Bring Toccara over but she can only post pictures.

    • tony grand$

      ^Yeah, as long as they’re pictures of her breast. Face not mandatory.

    • BIGNAT

      worley i was thinking the same thing hahahha


    GLOBAL GRIND is a weak under performing entity and Russell is trying to save it from the grave where it belongs. There is no concern or feeling for black music or the hip-hop culture on that site it is just like MTV9 meets the dollar store version of the huffington post. His Tall Israeli friends and his brother Run probably want there investment money back. That Russ is loosing over their so Russell threw a bitch fit like he always does and fired the person in charge. Now he plains on leveraging his C-List celebrity status and sweeten the deal by bringing in some D-Listers to write blogs (Cause let’s face it folks no real celebrity is blogging for real they hire people to do that right Kanye). Now Elliot Wilson can just stay mad because his site wasn’t about to do much more than the Russell Simons Shit bag of a site in the first place. All it was going to do is cover gossip,scandal and beef wait isn’t that what Benzino is doing in that abortion of a publication he is putting out or was that XXL?

    Anyhoo let them all BURN

  • jackpot

    I doubt it. Them celebs are too busy to consistently write entries. Plus, you know damn well Toccarra is no light bulb, so we ain’t about to “poach” her. Poking could be arranged, though.

  • roof

    bol this is such a nerdy post. did you realize that the baby killed with Eddy Curry’s babies mom was actually his, but it took a few days to get out because it was obviously a child who he was denying to his current significant other? the man’s life has become a greek tragedy, a medly of emotions we cant even begin to fathom. you touched on it when it initially happened but this looks to discredit your claim that it was a warning to Eddy because his claimed child was unharmed(physically that is). does someone owe chicago gangs an apology?

    this stuff is way more important than what ol dick in the bootie russel, and the human equivalent of the paper bag test, elliott wilson, are up to.

    please get back to doing what you do best, which is writing great posts about stuff people actually want to read and supressing all known footage of you on the Parker Report.

  • http://xxl All Dae

    Bols reading to deep into this. dameSTATUS is right real life is not on these nets. If i get my info from magazines or the net I have to take it with a grain of salt.

    I doubt T.I.s are using journalism to pump their agenda. The reason being there’s bigger fish to fry like rapping Africa of dimonds and other natural resourses. Kinda like how the U.S. is doing in Iraq. Notice cause of the U.S. blocking Iran, Israel start wars with little to no repercussion.

    That wrote Russle may be a distraction, for us to focus on a Saigon/Joe beef and who wrote about it first or now who a famous blogger. Russle and Elliot arguing is business not a cover up initiated by some jews. It’s a fight to have the best website and magazine and make the most money out of it.

  • http://xxl All Dae

    This is a deep topic and I can write my own blog just touching on the points from Bol’s blog. This is more like a roundtable discussion. In fact a follow up blog may be required to cover this topic completly.

  • giantstepp

    This is a got damn waste of space Bol! It’s the end of the month and you must be trying to make your XXL monthly quota! Ron Mex stay beating your ass with this blog shit. The sad thing is, you are actually a beast with the blogs when you want to be. One of the best around but you get lazy at times. Get up off your ass Bol and handle your blog business!!

  • ThatKidKen

    What year does Elliott think it is? I mean there’s not many original idea’s period and especially on the internet. Basically Elliott’s idea is what? A bit of an expansion on a hip hop blog. Well shiiet Bol, you should should be heated at Elliott for biting you.o Of course there’s a lot of money to be made on the net, but of course your going to have competition. Try launching it first. What it this, The Source website. If Russ beats you to the punch just see what people don’t like about his site and correct course. Elli needs to calm down. This is business and just because it’s on the internet doesn’t make it any different.

  • tony grand$

    Let’s face it, the ‘net has revolutionized humanity, much less the multimedia world. Anything entertainment related MUST come through the maze of cables, wires & diodes to succeed.

    Record labels, magazines, music, are all contingent to the fluctuations of the world wide web. Knowing as much, anybody with eyes set on a net-oriented idea has gotta know that there’s 100 hundred thousand cats with a similar idea. What I don’t get is how these same guys run to some blog, podcast, etc, runnin their mouths about the move-makin takin place, then act like 9 year olds when somebody catches wind of it, & tailors the idea to suit their needs.

    You go to where the WORLD is to tell your grand scheme, but complain when someone hears it? Gtfoh!

    The ‘net is the new hustle, those who doubt that should pick up their rotary phones & dial up somebody who knows what’s really good.

    Lol @ Global Grind. On that episode of Run’s House, Rush bugged the piss outta Rev Run to invest, & Run was apprehensive, but finally folded. Should prayed on that one, juice.

    • $ykotic

      “And the man Tony grand$ came to regulate…”

      • tony grand$


  • Incilin

    Elliot ought to be worried. But then again, he gave away his own strategy on his podcast (he also said it in a interview he did on that show with three hosts and one guest with Lenny S) so maybe it don’t mean much in his scheme. Or else, why would he give that info out for free?

    And yes, celebrity journalism is the next wave in hip-hop journalism. But none of those dudes can write, which means ghostwriting for celebrities is the next thing in hip hop journalism. Wait, does hip hop journalism even exist anymore?

  • roof

    “As we learned on December 7th, 1941, you can’t trust the Japanese any further than you can throw them.”

    thats more like it bol, that bitch sounds like nas’s dream girl.


    You should’ve ended the post with a patented “Nullus” after that last sentence. Caught you slippin’, Bol…….

  • ty from linden blvd

    russell simmons>>>elliot wilson

    come to think of it,yn’s 15 minutes is up,guess he didn’t get the memo

    nigga talked all that smack out the source but xxl was shit while he was there,and he left it in shit when his cornball ass got fired.

    it’s funny cause if he were to read this post he would prolly be like”who the fuck is this guy?”

    but i bet russell prolly read his tweet and was like

    “who the fuck is this guy?”