Two albums leaked yesterday. One of them I wouldn’t bump even if a stripper was willing to fuck me for free for the entire duration while the other I went into with all types of bias, although it truly did live up to the hype so I got lucky there (luckier than with that stripper). Point being, for the majority of yesterday I saw people hating all over the first album while not a word was being spoke of the second. Now maybe that says more about the people I follow on Twitter than it does anything else, but it seems like people enjoy hating on garbage more than they enjoy giving props to an artist who has made yet another classic.
In these days of not only instant releases by way of leaked songs on the net (I’m talking about artist leaks, full album leaks are something I know nothing about…) not only do we get hit with new music out of nowhere but by the time we’ve downloaded it, hundreds of thousands of people who really think their opinion matters are expressing their self-proclaimed expert analysis of anything and everything, rather than actually listening to it all the way through, or at least letting it sink in for a few days (word to my labeling Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang a “classic” after 1 day).
What’s worse, is that with any release it seems, people only wanna express their opinion if it’s negative. I see way more hatred of any given artist/song/album/mixtape/video/sex tape than I do praise. It’s like if you enjoyed the release then you are just kicking back bumping it but if you didn’t like it you feel like you gotta tell everyone how terrible it was, instead of just dragging it to the recycle bin and forgetting it ever existed. What exactly is our obsession with that which we hate while ignoring what truly deserves recognition and promo?
The fact is that the Facebook generation really feels important, like everyone really wants to know what they ate for lunch or who they saw that day, it’s the reason why comment sections on every news article reach the hundreds so quickly because whether it’s furiously typing up your own tough-guy shit talking rant or responding with even more toughness at someone you’ll never actually meet, we all seem to feel the need to express hate with regard to anything we even remotely dislike. Imagine if we spent the amount of time promoting something we like that we instead spend on telling everyone how wack Lil Kim’s new mixtape is, then your favorite rapper who you always feel never gets enough support, would actually get support, because instead of someone scrolling through your clowning of a claim that Kim got over 100K purchases in an hour, that person would see you suggesting an artist or album that you may become the next fan of.
So stop wasting your time hating on some corny nerd bow-tie rap like whatever light-show bullshit leaked yesterday and instead focus on the fact that in 2011 the Wu-Tang is still winning, 18 years after their debut, something that no one else in hip hop can claim. Sure some artists are still dropping albums but #nobodycares, where as Raekwon is on joints with Justin Bieber, Kanye West and Lloyd Banks (who appears on his album too). You got Black Thought on this album, as well as 3 solid verses from Ghostface and 2 incredible verses from Method Man. Your man Nas even came back into the Wu mix to drop some bars, so get that Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang when it drops on March 8th and support good hip hop instead of hating on wack shit.