Its a New Year and Dallas Penn doesn’t show up because he’s not effn with Rap Genius. Is it because they’re perpetual douche bags? Is it because they got a slap on the wrist from Google after they cooked their SEO books? Who the fux are these guys and why do they continue to piss the rap and tech and business world off? After getting through mad bullshit, we finally get some candid talk from these #Fuckybergs.
2012 was a great year for The Combat Jack Show. When Premium Pete’s assist yielded Bun B as our first guest last January, the pressure was on to deliver great guests, quality interviews and dope content. Week after week.
Week after week, we sent out tweets, dm’s, emails, texts and phone calls to cats we felt would keep the momentum going. Personally, I was looking to interview individuals that not only expanded the general boundaries of what we call Hip Hop culture, but also provide compelling stories. I wanted people that would mesh as well as clash with Dallas Penn and Pete, who was going to be the next #fuckyberg and who was #Newmanati. There were week’s when we had no one lined up, week’s cats we thought confirmed dropped out on the eleventh hour, week’s when cats just showed up and weeks when we would lock an “A” list talent on some timing, luck, hard work and magic shit.
Magic like when Cheat Code Just Blaze who was on a guest in December ’11 decided to join our team in April. Like when cats we fux with reached out and said they wanted to be on. Like how we hadn’t yet had a member of the Wu on and ended up connecting with the RZA. We and the RZA really connected b. I still can’t believe we did what we did this year. The magic never stopped.
It’s impossible to capture the very best of this year in one post, and with the limited time in which to compile a complete and comprehensive list, but Matt Raz and exec producer Chris Morrow did a helluva job pulling up some memorable moments. #Salute them. #Salute also to the team that made 2012 so special, Theotis Jones for the artwork and Showbills, SahBaun for his work on the website, executive producer Chris Morrow, Dwayne Crawford for production, Christina “Shoom” Issacs for additional production, Ken Gibbs, Jr. and his team on the incredible work on our videos, Alwayz Ambitious, Jerome and Renaldo, Alex Norman and PNC Radio, Peter Oasis, JasFly and Ny Delight. StandOut FT, Kelly, Akim, Chuma, Chi, Kai and Kara… if I forgot any one, please hit me and I’ll apologize and quickly add you to the list.
#Salutes to Dallas Penn, Premium Pete, Just Blaze, DJ Benhameen, A-King and Matt Raz. I have the best team money can’t buy.
And most importantly, #Salutes to you for creating this space ship. You could’ve been anywhere in the world but you’re here with us. Thank you.
Dream them dreams…
In part three of the Rap Genius episode Dallas gets to the bottom of why he thinks people have a problem with Rap Genius, and them getting funding to grow. Classic material. #Newmanati!!!
The battle continues, as the crew from Rap Genius defend their right to participate in hip hop, the culture they love and “define”.
After exchanging a few heated tweets with Dallas Penn, the crew from Rap Genius accepted an invitation to appear on The Combat Jack Show and explain their reason for creating the site that recently received a $15M infusion of VC funding and a nice write up in the NYT. Needless to say, this was one of those must have hip hop conversations.
Amidst the hype surrounding their reported $15 million dollars and numerous e beefs (including one with our very own Dallas Penn) the Rap Genius posse stopped by to clear the air and share what they’re really about. And whether they’re the fuckybergs the Internets think they are. DP stayed swinging though. Who won in the end? You be the judge.