Dear Hip-Hop Internets,

q-tip_263053.jpgI come to you as a fellow webmaster and music blogger with a great deal of respect and humility. I realize the viral nature of the web, and many of us, depending upon the content and target audience of our sites, follow the same leads, reiterate the same news items and post the same audio. It's the nature of the beast. But more than that, voice is key. Sometimes it's not always a matter of who has what first.

Things get so muddy and arbitrary that it's difficult to tell who deserves kudos for stumbling on that one item that spreads like the plague. But it's easy to get caught up in sourcing from a ubiquitous handful of sites that have earned a reputation for dropping the freshest content at a steady clip, mostly based on the number of comments and pageviews those sites yield. It's a peculiar dichotomy and an unavoidable reality. Why should we expand our collective scope when our old reliables always seem to come through?

That said, Q-Tip's "Fever" dropped two months ago. Stop writing about it like it's new.

nOva, SoulBounce Founder and Managing Editor


7 Responses

  1. I don't know why Tip has been always under the radar since his Vivrant Thing phase.

  2. I think it's because of his Vivrant Thing phase.

  3. The majority of these hip-hop music blogs are a bunch of lemmings. Research and fact checking be damned.

  4. You ain't lying Butta...

  5. "Fever" has been out since at least October by the way on the Open the Mixtape: Abstract Innovations mixtape.

  6. I first heard Fever last summer, towards the end.

  7. @ Benn and hottnikz: That's dope! It also strengthens my point, tho. I'm often late with stuff at times, but it's not the latest that's the issue. It's the fact that so many hopped on the bandwagon at the same time, which is tragic considering what a phenomenal artist Tip is.