Laptops Lappin’

Damn, I remember when Joe Budden was the only* rapper online, ’putin on message boards and such, and people used to make fun of him. I interviewed Benzino one time for a Web site and he told me to get out the house, get off the computer and see what the world had to offer. It was supposed to be a diss. Ha! Now look. Rappers are all over the Internet. Before, most rappers would be considered geeks for even knowing what a computer was, let alone the Web, but now they’re all blogging (Kanye is the best worst-offender, if that’s really him posting), video blogging (Diddy, N.O.R.E.) and updating us constantly on their whereabouts. DIDDY BLOG, DIDDY BLOG!!

Now there’s Twitter, where you can only post 140 characters at a time, so it’s like mini text messages—essentially community instant message sessions. Cam’ron, Styles P, Jadakiss, Consequence, Rhymefest, Diddy (by the way, when did it become okay for us to call him this??), Q-Tip and Questlove are all users of the micro-blogging site that’s the It-thing of the moment. While Rhymefest loves to interact with his “followers,” pose questions and use it as somewhat of a forum, Jadakiss just wants y’all to buy his album. Sometimes, you can really get to know an artist’s personality through their random twitter posts.

Thanx for all the love, All Star Wknd was crazy! Check out that mixtape i did with Green Lantern called Kiss My Ass!! Ahhhhh Haaaa!!!

Shaq (he counts as a rapper!)
Just leavn lebrons party, i have no voice, can u hear this , ………………. C i told u , no voice, lol

@Missinfo minya this twitter shit retarded

Whether it’s actually them or just someone typing for them, it’s their words meant for you to see, as opposed to something like MySpace, which is more detached. All this visibility from artists has created a culture of access, which I think is a great thing for fans—being able to communicate with artists—as long as both parties know how to use it without being offensive. Which is asking too much. As a result, fans are more in touch with their favorite artists than ever. Maybe too much. Years ago, the most an average fan could do to get in touch with a Cam’ron or a Diddy was through a fan letter. Remember fan clubs??

As for beef, it’s no surprise that rappers are using the Web to their advantage in that department. Just last year, Photoshop was the weapon of choice and now we’ve graduated to Web skits (see: 50 Cent’s “Pimpin Curly” and “Officer Ricky” episodes). Jadakiss put it nicely in a recent interview: “When I was going through it with 50, I’m glad he didn’t have ’cause that’s like a crazy outlet. He don’t even gotta do no music, he can just do wild skits and put new stuff on there and new paperwork and everything and that’s drawing in so much traffic and attention that it’s almost like slaughter.” So is this a good thing, rappers on the Internet? —clovito

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  • Pierzy

    I think the ‘Net has been a great thing because now you have access to the music (and artists) that you may not have had before. If you didn’t live in a major city, it was a chore to try to pick up a mixtape. Now, you just go online as soon as it drops and the artists have *almost* instant feedback to their music.

    • mo

      The net kills any and all hype for an album before it drops. And it waters everything down. The release of an album use to be an event, now its like hurry up and drop it before it leaks. Plus it makes everyone believe they can rap so you have to skim through alot more garbage these days. niggas are getting hyped off a couple you tube hits shit is wack.

      • Curtis75Black

        Very good point Mo !! The other side of the coin is that we don’t have to rely on the label to hear the the Hot shit from our favorite artist. You know ahead of time if the cd is gonna be substance or garbage. The event is still there, but not on the grandscale it used to be in the 90′s where you were surprised to see a Naughty By Nature video.

        • mo

          little things like waiting to see a video of your favorite artist or to hear a new joint from them on the radio was the type of buzz you cannot buy these days. Nothing is a surprise in music anymore and everybody takes everything for granted when it comes to hip hop/rap. The net has watered down everything. The net also allows all wack shit to get a pass these days. Rap was better in the 90′s because you had to have TALENT in order for your music to be put out there. The grind was tougher to get music out in the 90′s which forced rappers to come with quality shit everytime.

    • Dub Sac

      That is the upside. I live in a shit-hole in Texas, and I’d can’t find anything at the stores here. Which means when I want to grab Blu or Black Milk, I gotta go to the net. It’d be a shame to have to pass on what little quality music is coming out just cause I’m in a small town.

  • Bobo D

    True, but it also makes the music more disposable. The same artist will make a mixtape week after week and not even let the listners digest it before coming with a new one.

    But I guess there would’nt be good without bad, so bless Al Gore for inventing the internet!

  • Curtis75Black

    It is what it is. We have access to videos that won’t be shown on BET and interviews that will not be produced by Entertainment tonight, plus the Beef aspect of the internet is where it thrives more because of the bias of radio and shady djs – we don’t have to wait for 99 Jamz to rock that Budden diss or 50 diss. The middle man is gone. !! The blogging is whatever, if you want to read what Kanye is spittin’ – good for you.

  • DJ Daddy Mack

    My fav. rapper never replies to me. Rhymefest told me to unfollow him. I’m considering it.


    • tony grand$

      I think it takes hip hop, as a whole, to a global grind (no pun intended).

      Instead of just music, it’s now a viable interaction, a community, basically leveling the playing field making all involved feel like a part of the culture.

      It’s a good look.

      • capcobra

        champ what up…i agree that it does level the playing field..but too many players on the field messes up the game and confuses the fans.

        • tony grand$

          Wuddup cap

          I feel that, but on a general level, I wouldn’t consider everybody a fan. For the actual fans, I think it adds a more entertaining aspect, gives the haters a chance to yell “FAIL”! Lol, or celebrate the unsung.

          For example, it’s hard to find a lot of Little Brother out here, but once I started jumping through the ‘Nets, I got shit that was never released.

          It’s always been too many players in this game, so I automatically tune them dudes out anyway.

        • capcobra

          champ what’s the big deal about lil brother?…i’m in charlotte right now..carolina don’t fuck with them or petey pablo…i always trip off how they so under or over rated but back at they homebase nobody fucks with them..only in

        • tony grand$

          Damn, that must suck for them lol. I know cats out here in Cali ain’t really fooling with them, but I dig them dudes. That’s why I jumped on the Net.

          Anybody out here he does know about the music though knows about Phonte. He stays fucking with Evidence.

  • amar

    kanye, diddy and soulja boy (ur a fool for forgetting soulja boy) def got that shit down. Diddy actually referenced his blog in the new making the band – it’s obviously bigger than his shit show now. Kanye’s blog was one of the first of its kind for a celebrity (whether he does it or NOT<–likely) and soulja boy is the bill gates of rapper vlogging.

    what i really have a hard time coming to grips with is seeing rappers type like normal people. The LOLs especially. I mean come on, the 7 foot intimidating nba monster shaq…LOLing? That shit is weird ahhahahaha

  • http://xxl All Dae

    The internet has helped hip hop. Get music immediatly, talk online with yr favorite rapper even the video disses are better than just a song. now I have a song and skit. You can post yr joints. You have access to beats galore and the networking forget it…
    The internet brought a natural change and only the strong survive and adapt. It’s still a tool and shouldn’t replace real interactions or live shows.

  • Incilin

    Na, it’s a bad thing. There’s more dystopian aspects to the web than people realize. Before photoshop and skits, rappers used to make diss songs. Remember diss songs?

    Speaking of interaction, on All Star weekend Just Blaze (also on Twitter) was talking about how he’d sue the NBA since they played the Pump it Up instrumental without filing the right paper work. To which I tweeted: “So what your saying is, Joe continues to make you more money than Saigon ever did.” His response; “4 thumbs down.”

    • DJ Daddy Mack



    Rick Ross needs to have Joe Budden write his diss tracks and Cam’ron do the video’s. I live in the south and i aint never heard no one call 50 cents Curly. thats the best he can do Curly. CURTISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

  • EmCDL

    I think the internet/hip hop combo is good…and bad. Its good in a way that you can get in contact with your favorite artists (mixtapes, give feedback) and if your an artist coming up yourself (and have good material not just bull ish), its a good way to promote yourself. The bad thing about it is that most of these cats that think they have what it takes…usually don’t. They hear a Lil Wayne track or Game track, find out that its so easy to promote online, and try to put themselves on without even learning how to rap or sing in the first place, hence hot garbage flooding the nets. And it can get annoying when you get a friend request from someone on Twitter or myspace or whatever, and you go listen to there music…and its hot garbage. Not hating, just speaking truth. Everybody in such a rush in getting something out and not perfecting their craft that they just put out whatever they spit up…and it wasn’t like that in the 90s; you actually had to have talent to get signed to a deal, raw talent at that. So yeah its a love/hate thing with the internet IMO…

    • tony grand$

      Wuddup emCDL….

      Aight, I’m gonna give an example of how it can be good & bad.

      Hate to do it but, y’all remember that dude GULLEE BOY? My dude spammed the kcuf out of the site. Now, I really doubt that myspace alone would have gotten him all that *ahem* attention he got here lol.

      He got some exposure for free (good), but got chased out of here something awful (mos defly bad). On a grassroots level, he had the right Soulja Boyesque mindframe, by attempting to take full advantage, but the outcome was duck sauce.

      Somebody said this was the wrong site for his music, & directed him to a southern based site, so he might’ve went there & blew (no homo).
      That’s just an everyman analogy, but if it weren’t for the Net, he wouldn’t have gotten that far.

      • $ykotic

        Good example grand$!

        Felt bad for shorty.

        But how else would he learn that it takes more than spamming comment sites to get a buzz?

        The ‘net can be good for music if used correctly.

        Or it can go the way of WSHH(which by the way is a horror show).

        That site is about to get the Ebola virus if they don’t clean that place up.

        • tony grand$

          $yk, my dude! What it is?

          I got another example of how the net can actually be beneficial if one has the necessary patience for the hustle, which I most certainly do not.

          I used to rap, was getting a lttle underground buzz out here in L.A. This was like 10 years ago, but I fucked around with a few groups here & there, & one night a couple weeks back, on some super sober, 330 am shit I decided to google “tony grands”. 4 base things came up. My blog, my XXL comments, some music I did with this group out here called “Kali’s Finest” & a myspace page my homeboy put up that I NEVER EVEN knew about for a group he (we) had called “Angelenos”.

          That shit was a trip. Just the fact that the music was out there, & attainable showed me that if I was really trying to do it, who knows? I’m a nobody, but I sure as shit was “somebody” on that search engine.

          All it takes is word of mouth, activity & technology. Nowadays, talent is optional. I say to the next generation, fuck it, have @ it, just do it right.

        • EmCDL

          Yo Tony Grand

          Yeah that dude Gullee Boy was straight raping this site to promote his music…and it wasn’t all that great either. Hope he found some closure.

          I didnt know you were in cali dawg I’m out here myself; been out here for about a year from VA

        • tony grand$

          Angel City, baby! Born & raised! 323 all day every!

          Nah, Cali sucks now. Fuck Arnold Schwarzeneggar! He got us in a bad way out here. That Ludwig von Wienerschnitzel ass jerk thought because he ran Hollywood with a few jack off movies he was going to turn the whole state into a tinseltown. FOH, that nigga is a Kanye West type asshole.

        • EmCDL

          LMAO! And its expensive as shit out here too but I’ve been here for a year so far so I can’t complain….could be worst…could be in Afghanistan…

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