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We’ve Earned the Right to ‘Hate’

Oh boo-hoo, look at the big mean website making fun of Kanye West and T-Pain! You know what? I took a little vacation from this site and just sat back and watched the discourse unfold. It was pretty funny! You'd think with all the fervor and vocab people devoted to telling us how wrong and mean we are that they would also be running one of the fastest growing Black music sites on the Internets. Got to put all that energy towards something, right? 

I'll admit, it may seem like we're picking on certain folks, but you must understand that we do not execute this site in the spirit of negativity. Frustration, yes. But never out of pure hate. We're way too talented for that. It's just that none of us ever imagined we'd live though a period in music when not only the artists were delusional, imperious, and uninspired, but when the audience and supporting media outlets (including independently-owned and operated blogs) would so readily sip from the same big, communal punch bowl and practically bend over backwards to massage the delusional, imperious, and uninspired cajones of said artists.
Please don't think that because our site looks good and is well-formatted and follows, to some degree, a style guide that it's not simply a place where five people come to talk about music. This is the same thing that happens when friends get on the phone, or meet for drinks, or when they play cards and run into each other at the barber. We talk about culture, new songs, classics, and all the things we love and hate about this wonderful thing we refer to as "Black music." It won't always be pretty. And it is important for us to have this be our outlet, to be able to come to a place where like-minded individuals can also say "You know what? I'm fed up with that garbage, too."
On one hand, you got folks that get it: We don't do this to make friends. We don't do this to be on someone's red carpet, or to be invited to Diddy's White Party. We do this because there is a very specific class of music lovers out there that are just as disenchanted with the turn music has taken, and many of them didn't have anywhere to go to discover and vent at the same time. 
On the other hand, you have people that believe that just because it's on the Internet and operated with some basic level of professionalism, that it doesn't have to be honest. SoulBounce is not CNN. It is not Billboard. It does not have to be fair and balanced. It doesn't even have to be friendly. For us to sacrifice one smidgen of our personal beliefs, sensibilities and opinions would be to strip this site of the thing that makes it so valuable. It was not designed to make everyone happy. The quality of our readership has always been more important than the quantity. You have your options, to put it nicely.
So, in moving forward, I would like to thank everyone that visits and recommends us everyday, even the trolls that continue to participate in these discussions per their own accord. You love it here. You love the struggle and you love the passion, which is why you wallow in it daily. 
We cannot continue to grow without you.

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15 Responses

  1. Make it plain then Nova!!

  2. Amen! That is all.

  3. slow down Nova you killin' em.

  4. Nova, you don't have to explain yourself to anybody.
    I've only been coming to this site for a short while, but it quickly became one of my favorites. I only have a few blogs that I frequent and Soulbounce is one of them.
    I don't agree with every opinion you have on an artist, but I appreciate how you balance your commentary and you provide facts and insights into music that I would have never thought about or known.
    Keep doing what you do Soulbounce!!!

  5. Sorry for the triple post. My computer is having issues today.

  6. Did you say "uninspired cajones?"
    Marry me.
    Why not? THAT's still legal.

  7. Here, here. Bravo. Applause, applause. Oscars all around.
    This is a very inspiring piece of writing. Though I made a joke at the beginning of this response, in no way is the post itself a joke. That's real talk Nova. I enjoy the breath of fresh air this page brings to everyone that reads it. It's one of the major things that inspired me to start one too. Kudos! Sooner or later the Musical Lemmings will come around. Til then continue how you see fit...

  8. I completely agree with Nova's sentiments. I enjoy this Web site because I can hear from artists that the mainstream may not be talking about. I read the complaints about the "Kanye bashing" on some of the previous posts and I don't believe that just because an artist claims that they are going to a higher level artistically and going outside the box means that's what they're doing. Once you get to a certain level of fame don't crap out some sorry songs and expect some of your fans who loved your better stuff in the past to just go along with it

  9. I LOVE this website!!!!! That why it's called freedom of speech. Continue to provide us with EXCELLENT work

  10. Tell em why u mad Nova. If they don't like go hang out on a Kanye fan site.

  11. I'm just saying...if you can express your opinion, why can't we? I'm sorry, but this whole post comes across as arrogant and pointless.

  12. @WTF: Opposing points of view are always welcome, since they add texture to our discussions. We do not expect our visitors to be yes-men. No one is telling you what you can and cannot do, I am simply pointing out our intent.
    In response to the question "if you can express your opinion, why can't we?", you are suggesting that you, as a visitor, are equal to the folks behind the site. I'd be willing to give you the benefit of the doubt if you weren't constantly dragging down the discourse. And as I have stated in recent past, never overestimate the utility of your feedback. If it is a pissing contest you seek, you will most certainly fail many times over if your quarrel is with me.
    Marinate.

  13. as nova suggested, i think the problem is that people think that just because a site allows comments or otherwise provides a forum, that it is a democracy. i respect the folks in charge. i think y'all do an outstanding job of bringing content here every day, and managing the discussions. if i happen to disagree with something posted here, ok i might speak on it and i might not. no one is going to die either way. it's a simple thing to get over. the trick is being mature and not freaking out because somebody said something you don't like. i don't want to overstep my boundaries, but if you don't like how it's going over here, i'm sure a clown like Gyant over at SOHH would love to have your hits and comments. (i'm sorry if anyone is offended by that, i just think he's an asshole. now HE'S a hater if anybody needs an example). i'm just saying--a lot of us learned to agree to disagree a long time ago. i hate that this kind of thing keeps negating all the great discussions here.

  14. I come to this site everyday because you guys have great taste in music and i have turned at least 10 people in to readers of the site. I do think you guys tend to hate on a few people, but that's your choice and right to do so. and im glad you guys actually allow people to post their opinions on your opinion, a disscusion is always better then preaching to the choir. I'll keep coming to the site even if you started hating on puppies

  15. "We're way too talented for that. It's just that none of us ever imagined we'd live though a period in music when not only the artists were delusional, imperious, and uninspired, but when the audience and supporting media outlets (including independently-owned and operated blogs) would so readily sip from the same big, communal punch bowl and practically bend over backwards to massage the delusional, imperious, and uninspired cajones of said artists"
    That's been the ENTIRE HISTORY of the music industry. It didn't just start now. It's ALWAYS been this way. The major difference is a lack of focus when it comes to artist developments. Thirty-plus years ago, artists didn't really hit their stride until album number 3. Now you need to go platnium with your first SINGLE or they'll drop you. Things haven't changed overall. It's just harder for us music aficionados to dig for the good stuff.
    Having said that, I am a fan on Mr. West, but I don't expect everyone in the world to like him. I just want the reasons for not liking him to be valid ones. That's all.
    So far, you've done a good job of that....for the most part (haha).



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