I subscribe to MTV’s RSS feed – mainly to find stories of undertalented, overhyped artists to laugh about.
Lately, though, I’ve found an interesting pattern: it seems that hip-hop stars are using MTV as a sounding board against their rivals. And MTV obliges every time. Take, for instance, the following headlines from the last 30 days:
“Jay-Z Talks About Glastonbury Triumph, Amy Winehouse’s Dis Of Kanye West”
“Is 50 Cent Dissing T.I. On G-Unit’s ‘You So Tough’? ‘It’s Absolutely For The Public To Decide,’ MC Says”
“50 Cent Says ‘I Don’t View Young Buck As My Enemy,’ Claims He’s Not Going To War With Former G-Unit Member”
“Young Jeezy Puts On For T.I., Nas, Swizz Beatz At Vibe Party” (I have no idea what this means, but it sounds bad.)
“Bow Wow’s Just Teasing Omarion In ‘Lookin’ Boy,’ But He’s Serious About Soulja Boy Tell’em Collabo”
“GZA Disses 50 Cent In New ‘Paper Plate’ Track, Implies G-Unit’s Music Is ‘Disposable'”
“50 Cent Sues Taco Bell” (This one’s not really a good example; just a funny headline. I mean, who sues Taco Bell?)
“Trick Daddy Denies Beef With Rick Ross, Says He’s Not Responsible For Prison-Guard Rumors”
Doesn’t that sound like a bunch of WWE wrestlers threatening each other, creating hype for their next match? Given that I treat hip-hop with the same respect that I do professional wrestling, I shouldn’t be surprised. But it all does seem a bit…childish.