Another week, another accomplishment for yours truly.
Last week, you'll recall, I was crowned, in a poll, the leading black public intellectual. This week, people keep hitting me up to inform me that I've been crowned the best hip-hop blogger evar, or something along those lines, in a feature called the 2008 Blog World Cup in the current issue of Hip Hop Connection.
This weekend, I hit up several bookstores to see if I could confirm this (as if I needed to). But either none of them carry Hip Hop Connection, which is based out of the UK, or they've yet to receive this month's issue. I know I've seen Hip Hop Connection at the Barnes and Noble near my house before, but it's not in an area that's particularly hip-hop. So they might have stopped carrying it.
Meanwhile, why in the fuck would there be a bookstore in the ghetto? Crap.
Anyhoo, from what I understand, this is kind of a big deal. It's sort of a sequel to a feature they did back in the '90s, pitting actual rap magazines against one another - which was won by Ego Trip, the magazine run by my old boss, Elliott "TC" Wilson.
Speaking of which, if you haven't already, or if you wouldn't normally cop an issue of XXL magazine, you might want to hop on that. Whoever it is that's in charge there (I sorta kinda work there, and I couldn't tell you if they have actual offices, or if it's a Boiler Room situation) has seen fit to give me my own column in the print magazine, to go along with the column I've been writing for their website for going on three years now(!).
I'm not gonna lie. I've written two columns for the magazine so far, and neither is an amazing feat of journalistic excellence. They're both about as half-assed as the shit I write for the Internets - both by design, and due to a general lack of ability/interest. You fruits ought to find them amusing, though. In the first one, for example, I managed to get Eli Porter mentioned in XXL (as he should be). You'll have to wait a few months to find out what the second one is about.