Everybody’s nobody, word to XV.

We “grind,” “hustle” and “aspire” to be something that ultimately is a carbon copy of an existing format, all while deriding the very thing we try “not to be.” We strive to “stand out,” become “individualists” and other such irreverent bullshit in a society reared on conforms, yet end up acting, sounding and essentially becoming the very thing we supposedly “ride” against.

Master puppeteers who dangle just out of reach of the cameras manufacture the “gangsters” now. They are no longer bred, cultivated or sown from the seeds of despair, of oppression, repression and depression found in the despondent streets of urban decay. Today’s thug is as gully as what a hotlink, viral video or cheaply constructed musical massacre says they are. Threats and barbs are traded freely, weakening and ultimately invalidating the price of unconventionality. Nobody fears repercussion because let’s face it, a FlipCam and 140 characters will make anybody seem like they’re the front-runner of the Shower Posse.

Nobody ever acknowledges what happened to the leader of the Shower Posse, though…

We dick ride, cock hop and knob shine the latest Johnny Come-Lately who can put together a couple words, quickly decreeing that they’ll be the “next up,” and will turn against him even quicker because they’ve outgrown that box of “critical acclaim” fake fans love to place them in. They foolishly attempt to please everyone out of naïveté, unaware that it is impossible to do so until the dregs come out to play. You ever wonder why a rapper (or anybody) “changes” and stops giving three shits about you? Take a look in the reflecting pool and see the culprit.

Quit trying to convince the world that you’re a part of the “greater good” with gaudy prose, pseudo-intellectual Twitter “wisdom” and garish shock tactics for the 85% who are suckers for that shit. The loudest ones in the room are always the meekest. Get it? Forget it.

I’m talking too much. Or maybe, I’m not talking enough.

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  • @paulthebeatsmth

    Is it even necessary for me to comment ? Well written. I need to read more articles like this. Keep going.

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      • Ziggy

        Super ifonmrative writing; keep it up.

    • Luke

      agreed so many shity bloggers on this site this was refreshing

  • Sadr22

    Simply restating the same shit that’s been said before, only with more self-ritousness. We, as the consumers, have the right to follow and dismiss who the fuck we want and the artist has the right to be a fag or a gangster or whatever the fuck he’s claiming to be. Let these fuck faces follow blindly so that others (including you) can have something to clown those idiots with.

    • JayHova

      …actually, it’s “self-righteousness” but point taken.

  • Don mcCaine

    We THEY dick ride, cock hop and knob shine the latest Johnny Come-Lately who can put together a couple words, quickly decreeing that they’ll be the “next up,” and will turn against him even quicker because they’ve outgrown that box of “critical acclaim” fake fans love to place them in.”

    ^ fixed & co-shizzle

    * daps Meka *


    lol @ XXL. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Where would you be without the hypocrisy? Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Better yet go ahead. It’s not like anyone will realize it. “The dumb are mostly intrigued by the drum”

    • Harris

      agreed. an article like this on XXL? LOL.

    • B Eazy

      XXL is no different from any of us in that there are many sides to us. Just because you write for and get paid by a corporate entity doesn’t mean you don’t have the right to call things as you see it. In fact I think it provides BALANCE.

      If you are a criminal does that mean you are banned from ever doing a good deed? Was Pac fake because he talked about money, clothes and hoes as well as upliftment and empowerment?

      Not to mention, we all on this site. If you find it to be so wack and a domain solely for inauthentic sellout culture, who are you exactly?

      I’m just sayin…

  • Tha Malcontent

    you did your thing with this one my dude..

  • SkumBuket

    No, you haven’t said enough.. continue on. This is what I come here to read. Well done, Meka. This is the type of thinking we need to express publicly.

  • alex

    i believe it’s ‘more quickly’ not ‘quicker’
    quicker is an adjective…
    just saying
    it’s like well vs. good

  • mk

    bravo some one finally gets it


    This was ill.

    I feel like someone specific inspired this. Care to fill us in?

    • Don mcCaine

      IMO, Wiz was the next big thing, Taylor gang or Die, then when he’s prepping his major release, he’s sold out and dead, now it’s Odd Future, Golf Wang or whatever they say.

      when “on to the next one” goes terribly wrong…

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  • El Tico Loco

    Good read after having my ip address blocked since 3rd quarter.

    • Don mcCaine


      • El Tico Loco

        Idk just testing to see if I was still blocked lol


    cheers meca great piece of writing, articulate, insightful, and inspiring, anything one would want in a blog. #THANKYOUBASEDGOD

  • Don mcCaine

    so I’ma throw it out there…

    in ’09 cats was swearing Drake was the future. Then when dude was putting his project out, he was deemed Cottonelle soft, so it was all about Wiz. Wiz this, Wiz that. Niggas was spamming #tgod everywhere. Now that he’s put out some pillow music, it’s all about Odd Future. Do y’all even see how much of followers you are? I’ve been on the web since ’08, wasn’t nobody talking about Odd Future until that Fallon show.

    I’ve seen all types of hate for ol’ heads and suburban fans from a whole lot of commenters who NEVER speak of music beyond the POPULAR TOPIC (and I have seen a LOT of you chop it like you know Hip Hop music). Even Gucci was defended. KRIT is one of the BEST leaders for y’all new heads and y’all don’t even think he deserved the freshmen cover! Y’all are the ones who said don’t hate on Lil’ B! So why do y’all hate on Fred Da Godson grinding for his?. He’s been doing the same thing as Lil’ B!

    So let’s keep it 100, are y’all buying Big Sean, CyHi, Odd Future’s projects? or are y’all gonna spam the comment sections when the PRESS is dropped? I even bought Nicki’s album, that’s why I speak on it! DID YOU?

    The fake rappers, the labels, or the technology didn’t kill the game, THE FAKE ASS FAN DID. If y’all REALLY want to take this game over, y’all BETTER support Wiz. His numbers will determine who y’all REALLY ARE, FANBASE.

    Feel free to sh^t on my comment, but what you DO, will speak volumes more than what you SAY.


  • Akid Zerai

    From the Title and Picture I was expecting something different and after reading this, it still was fitting but in order to truly make any type of “change” today we need to be the “change” we want. All of us are trapped as “sheep” because so many of us are afraid of being “shepherds”. I for one was but I’m making the necessary “changes”. We need more than ever to wear the sheeps clothing not be the sheep and once we are in a position to voice our opinions on a massive scale, we can provide the positivity we yearn for. We need people who are willing to be “for the people” to be in charge of today’s new e-world instead of those who are “for the capital” …

    just sayin

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  • Don mcCaine

    “but what you DO, will speak volumes more than what you SAY.”

    ^ think I’m lying?


    I checked it and the newer comments IMMEDIATELY went to the home page. Dudes can’t express themselves w/o the fuckery.

    I know Bol stay getting posts deleted, but this time I think the fandom caused it. As usual, there were no song links or anything, just “you don’t know sh^t” comments, and Bol’s deletions don’t last up to 74+ comments…

  • caino

    Why wont XXL let me comment anymore???

    Anyhow, damn where did Bol’s essay ( l mean post) on Odd Future end up?? Deleted again was it (what happened to freedom of speech l thought this was America!!) (in my best randy marsh impression)

    Anyho, like Don says, where are the real fans ?? instead of saying this ‘rapper’ is shit , please give examples to explain your opinion. Shit seems so fickle nowadays , do u support your favourite rapper??

    To me the next up n coming rapper/group is Pac Div, l love verything about them since hearing that ‘running for mayor’ tune, l liked there style subject matter etc and thought them different. l will but their album.

    Peeps need to take more responsibility.


  • Hunnit Thousand Million

    Well said, Meka!

    But the question you gotta ask is, has it ever been different?

    Years ago there were plenty of pop acts and one hit wonders. Who remembers C&C Music Factory?


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