Is World Star down with 5-0?
You can hardly swing a dead cat on the Internets today without hitting a story about World Star Hip Hop. Vlad TV has a clip from World Star, in which it's suggested that Q, the guy who runs World Star, is a snitch. And in my infamous hip-hop advertising email group, there's another discussion about whether or not they'll be able to make very much money.
Even on my own site, I did a post the other day about how World Star has been coming up with a lot of good cam hoo-er clips. This past weekend, I got an email from them about a video of a photo shoot Ice T's lovely wife Coco did with Smooth magazine, which is somehow still in business, despite the fact that King had to wave bye bye. Let me guess: they spend less money on editorial. I wonder if they've received any kind of boost, now that they've got that much less competition.
So, I checked World Star, to see if this video was worth posting on my site - you know a brother's gotta keep high standards. And I noticed the view count was way higher than any of the other clips that day. It was orders of magnitude higher than similar cam hoo-er clips, including a clip of this woman Elke the Stallion that I liked even better, though I know some beg to differ.
Elke the Stallion is just a huge woman. It could just be because she's got the camera on the ground looking up at her, but it looks like she could play in the NFL. And while I'll maintain that I've never seen a woman in person that I thought was too skinny (certainly not an ethnic woman), I'll admit to having a certain fascination with extremes. All I'm saying is: if you're gonna get one of these women with huge asses, you might as well get one roughly twice the size of a normal human being.
But I digress. Now, where was I? Oh yeah, WSHH.
People stay giving World Star shit, but like I said, I'm finding valuable clips there day in and day out. Alas, I think that's people's problem with World Star. If you couldn't find such great videos of cam hoo-ers, people getting the shit kicked out of them, shit they obviously don't own the copyright to, so on and so forth, people wouldn't give a rat's ass about World Star Hip Hop. They could just as easily go to YouTube or some shit. And so, people are pissed that World Star is making a mint (or are they?) doing shit you're not supposed to do.
I'll spare you any further discussion of my hip-hop advertising group, at least today, since I already once did a post for this site on a discussion we had about whether World Star can make any money. And lord knows I've had enough problems with eskay this week. I wouldn't want to incite him any further, what with the amount of damage that's already been done to our relationship, for no apparent reason. The two of us need to patch things up. No fishsticks.
(You'll recall that, in my other post about the ads on World Star, eskay went on another one of his patented bitchfits, about how the people who run World Star are stealing bandwith or some shit, and I thought it was ironic that someone who's essentially a bootlegger was trying to make an ethics case against someone else. But like I said, I don't really want to get into that today.)
However, I will point out that one of the guys in the group, Hashim, who once famously ordered a shedload of pizzas to the XXL offices, posted a link to a site that shows that, according to multiple ranking sites, World Star now has almost twice the traffic of AllHipHop. And its traffic is growing at a higher rate. As Paris Hilton would say. that's huge. And keep in mind World Star has only been around for a couple of years now, compared to AllHipHop, which has been around since I was like four.
In that sense, it's hardly any wonder that Vlad TV would want to take shots at World Star. The two of them are basically in the same business. World Star deserves some credit for being the first out of the gate, but I do think Vlad TV is taking it to the next level as far as original content and... um, journalism. But I doubt it has anywhere near the traffic of a World Star. And I don't care enough about you personally to check.
Today, Vlad is running that clip from the O'Reilly Factor in which it's revealed that Q has been snitching. I guess Bill-O, who probably stays checking hip-hop sites for any more news about his wife, found a clip on World Star in which a child appears to be in danger. And you know Bill-O can't have that. But there isn't a whole lot he can do about it, since he has no idea who the people in the video are. But as the lovely Amanda Carpenter points out, Q has cooperated with the government in the past to help bust people featured in the videos on his site.
The whole thing is obviously a charade. Bill knows good and well Q has no idea who the vast majority of the people featured in the videos on his site are, or how to contact them. The dead giveaway is when Bill-O says he doesn't want to give out the URL of the site, but it's on the screen right there in the clip they used. You wonder if the whole point of the segment is to out Q as a snitch. I wouldn't put it past Bill-O to engage in such shenanigans. He's obviously well versed in hip-hop, just like his wife.
What this will mean for World Star remains to be seen. With all of this publicity for the site, eventually someone's gonna find out how they get their bandwidth. Or has the government granted them some sort of immunity from prosecution of haX0ring crimes, in exchange for Q turning people in?
Then there's the whole snitching thing. Will artists not want their videos posted on the site, because it's run by a snitch? Let's say T.I. somehow gets out by the end of the summer, and he's got a big comeback video. You see the trouble he went through to distance himself from Alfamega. Then again, Alfamega was part of T.I.'s crew, wheras World Star is just a site that posts videos. I'd be more concerned if I was one of these people who send World Star videos of themselves doing shit that's obviously illegal.