#DearRappers: Haters gonna hate [Article]
Vancouver, BC – In light of the recently published list by the brand new blog, Stir The Pot Vancouver, on Vancouver’s 15 Worst Hip-Hop Videos of All Time, I thought it only appropriate to openly express my thoughts on the critic/rapper relationship.
Blogging and reviewing is a tricky game – artists love us when we love them but they hate us when we don’t. Truth is, writers can’t love everyone all the time and while some have learned to keep their negative opinions to themselves, some are out to speak their truth and sometimes, stir the pot. This round #DearRappers is dedicated to the topic of critics – check it below.
I’m all about unity in the Vancouver music scene – in a perfect world we would all support and lift each other up – that simply isn’t that case here in Vancity. Some of Vancouver’s most talented artists don’t get even close to the amount of love and support they deserve from their home city while mediocrity is vastly celebrated (as seen by Vancouver’s top promoters who put rappers on an opening spot purely based on the amount of tickets they can push, and not talent).
If you’re an artist you should expect critics to come out of the woodwork and give their two cents on whatever project you have vulnerably exposed to the entire internet but are some critics taking it too far? Example: Stir The Pot Vancouver’s debut article on Vancouver’s 15 Worst Hip-Hop Videos of All Time – a blog clearly created for the sole purpose of publishing that list.
I’m not saying my opinion is any different from the next critic’s opinion (what’s that saying? Opinions are like assholes – everybody has one) but the difference between me and some faceless hater who created a blog just to rip apart 15 of Vancouver’s grinding artists? Integrity.
First off, 15 of Vancouver’s worst hip-hop videos? Of all time? Just so it’s clear, we’re talking videos, right? Well, this critic happened to choose two videos done by one of Vancity’s top production teams, Self Hired. Are we talking quality of visuals or did this writer (and I use that term loosely) mean to say, 15 of Vancouver’s worst rappers? Which is it? Because while Tee Loc and Hoodrich may not be critically acclaimed, there’s no denying that Self Hired’s video production is practically second to none in Vancouver. Is it safe to assume that this article was written by a salty rapper who has it out for all 15 of these dudes? Perhaps. In my experience, nobody cares harder about local rappers than other local rappers.
Second, where’s your writer’s credit? Who wrote this ball-less list without taking responsibility for it? You scared, bro? I hope they enjoyed the 15 minute of nameless fame because while “kus” was clearly spelled ironically throughout the whole article, not to mention the poor grammar, a real Vancouver hip-hop head would have known that Red1 is not spelled Red One. Oh, and the misspelling of the only other rapper’s name they praised, that’s just an amateur writer’s mistake. Maybe they should consider something called research – we’re all doing it. Shout-out to Joose Justis though.
Most of the rappers on the list refused to engage on social media, while some went hard flexing their power to get back at whoever wrote this. End of the day, I hope this writer (and obvious rapper) put their video on the list because it certainly got two full days of Facebook attention and let’s face it, brought up old videos that most of Vancouver had long forgotten about. More YouTube hits for everyone!
So this message is to critics and emcees: can’t take the heat? Step out of the game. This isn’t for the faint of heart. That goes for rappers putting their material out for the world to judge and critics who don’t have enough integrity to put a name on their opinions. If you believe in yourself, your voice and your product, it shouldn’t matter what people say as long as your name is on it and it makes you proud.
Written by KassKills for HipHopCanada
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