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Ten great rap blogs that aren’t on the Vibe list (in no particular order).
1. BLVD ST
The pinnacle of Country Rap tastemaking. Burn One mostly does nose down one sentence song posts but injects enough of his personality and taste to keep things interesting.
2. Nation Of Thizzlam
It was exciting to recently find out that this first wave hyphy blog still existed. I just had assumed it went the way of Gel And Weave or whatever but Pilly Wonk and company are still killing it on the micro local myspace rap tip.
3. Traps N Trunks In recent months TNT has emerged as the Nahright for reverse rapper racist region haters. No commentary, great taste.
Vibe’s long awaited and soon to be much debated Top 50 Rap Blogs list just leaked to the web. Cocaine Blunts (no comma, no bullshit) comes in much higher than I would have expected, which is flattering. But let’s talk about the rest of the list. Minus an obvious effort to preempt a hissy fit by putting Kanye’s design blog for aging homosexuals at #2, the top ten is pretty solid. After that it starts to lose me. But respect to the Vibe staff for opening up what could be an interesting conversation on what actually makes a rap blog great and hopefully getting us all a little bit of a traffic bump.
Full list and additional commentary after the jump.
The folks at the TROY blog have taken the time to scan the “Making of Illmatic” feature from this months XXL. I love it. It is a good feeling to actually approach hip hop journalism as a fan who can learn something and not as some sort of obnoxious meta critic. So cue meta criticism: quite frankly, XXL should be running this type of well researched article on a monthly basis. Maybe expand the Classic Material (does that still exist?) section. A lot of these print publications need to recognize that research and reporting is the one arena where they can still consistently do what the web can not. Few web outlets would have the resources or connections (or ahem talent?) to put something of this nature this together on a regular basis, but getting Pete Rock, Nas and MC Serch on the phone for a few words is really no sweat off the back of a publication of XXL’s stature. I’m just saying.
Some thoughts on the Nas article and links to the other XXL Making Ofs after the jump. (more…)