Did you see that Twitter showdown between Eskay of Nah Right and Noz of Cocaine Blunts? It was so good it didn’t even need salt. I watched it unfold, white cheddar popcorn and Coke Zero in hand. White cheddar popcorn is the best. Try it sometime.
Anyway, the way those two blog titans went at each other’s throat you’d think one stole lunch from the other in high school. It was the blog beef equivalent of Jay-Z vs. Nas. If you missed the war of words, here’s a sample:
I don’t know what started this particular beef. But it resurrected one undue criticism often leveled against Eskay–that he posts more music than words. Isn’t that implying that there’s only one acceptable form of music blogging?
Nah Right critics also seem to suggest that the site is somehow aiding the death of hip-hop. Unless Eskay and his co-conspirators are walking around injecting people with brain worms, there’s no reason for this beef to exist. The lane is wide enough for different brands of blogs to cruise in–underground and mainstream, music-focused and news-focused. And, yes, even the ones that favor cruise control.
No two magazines are exactly the same. Some offer expository prose on current events, while others report the events with the sole purpose of keeping readers informed. Time and Reader’s Digest don’t serve the same purpose. Yes, it’s perfectly okay for blogs to be as diverse as the dinosaurs they’re seeking to replace.
Noz’s rich analysis and Eskay’s so-called string of links are equally valuable to the game. You need both. I have a great deal of respect for both bloggers. Noz’s deep knowledge of hip-hop and keen sense of observation help foster smart discussion. Nah Right’s confluence of timely content and capsule posts influenced many by foreshadowing a web world dominated by same (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, etc).
The bottom line: I respect both, but for completely different reasons. Nothing stops them from doing the same with each other. People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Do it for the kids. Shine and let shine.