Hip-Hop Reacts to WorldStarHipHop Founder Lee “Q” O’Denat’s Death
The death of WorldStarHipHop founder Lee "Q" O'Denat hit the hip-hop world hard. Whether you viewed Q in a positive or negative light, he was undoubtedly one of the pioneers of hip-hop coverage in the digital age. Q founded WorldStarHipHop in 2005, and the site left an indelible mark over the last decade.
Q and WorldStarHipHop were controversial to say the least. Artists could get widespread exposure by having their mixtapes, songs and music videos posted there. However, much of the traffic and appeal came from WorldStarHipHop's more crude post and viral videos. Q liked to refer to his creation as the "CNN of the ghetto."
The site was often criticized for being exploitative, particularly when it came to posting videos of fights. In fact, WorldStarHipHop became so synonymous with brawls that it became a common phrase to yell when filming any altercation.
The promotion and proliferation of certain content made WorldStarHipHop a lightning rod, but there was no denying its popularity. Even though its more controversial videos brought in many visitors, the site never stopped hosting hip-hop content. Artists regularly gauged the popularity of their new releases by the numbers it did on the site. And to this day, WorlStarHipHop's YouTube channel remains a major hub for exclusive audio and video premieres.
The death of Q struck a chord with many of the biggest names in hip-hop. XXL has compiled a few of the reactions from the rap world, including the likes of DJ Khaled, T.I. and LL Cool J. Check them out below.