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14 February, 2012@9:36 pm
49 comments

Dear heads,

So, I have been in deep thought about what direction to take HipHopSite.Com in the future. I have to be honest, my heart is not in the site anymore. Mostly because I don’t like the direction that hip-hop music has taken. Don’t get me wrong, the underground has always produced great music, but after 17 years of running HipHopSite.Com, it’s hard for me to get excited about this stuff anymore. Let’s face it, I’m jaded.

I’ve been wanting to take some time off from HHS to produce and start a label, but the time I put into the site each day is not allowing that to happen. My first inkling was to throw in the towel and retire HipHopSite for good. Hang up my mic, so to speak.

But I still enjoy reviewing albums; it’s innate in me to listen to a record and critique it. So then I thought I could just run those reviews on DJPizzo.Com, but that would probably confuse people. Someone suggested to me that I should sell it, and the another person suggested I hand it over to the community. I like the second idea better.

So now the question is how to do this. One way is to simply open the site up and let all of you take control of it. This could get messy with double posts, old posts, piracy, etc, but then again, if we had someone moderating the site, it wouldn’t be a problem at all. Sites like Reddit and Wikipedia have proven this. In short, we could probably get it under control pretty quickly.

With that off my chest, I’d like to hear your thoughts. I hate to see sites disappear completely, and I would hate to have the legacy of HHS thrown away just because I’m tired of doing it. I know you guys love the site and visit it every day, so perhaps there’s a way to keep this thing alive that involves all of you. Feel free to chime in with your ideas in the comments section or email me directly at mistapizzo@gmail.com.

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49 Responses to "The Future (?) Of HipHopSite.Com"
  • Sanchez says:

    What am I supposed to do every morning at work, I need HHS. Pizzo thanks, community or selling HHS in the end the runs been great. Don’t know where I’m going to go to now for the underground, suggestions

  • OHHH SHOT says:

    Whatever happens, can you please ensure the last post on this great site isn’t a lame track by ‘Willie Evans Jr.’

    Cheers

  • Kevin says:

    Pizzo, I thank you sincerely for all your work. I started reading back in ’98 around the time Hiero and Gangstarr were going to drop those long-anticipated albums, and I always looked forward to the weekly and, later, more frequent updates. Listen, I understand dropping the daily updates and interviews and so forth–though we might not like going to other sites, we can find a lot of that information elsewhere without too much hassle. But, if you still have the heart, do a review a week and make sure all the old reviews and old “best of” lists are archived somewhere easy. The reviews are what have made you stand out all these years. Your writing was always on point, and you weren’t scared to like something that “real” heads were prone to shit on (e.g. Drake, later Jay-Z) or criticize stuff that they would geek out to (e.g. some of the older Doom stuff, or the early Anticon, or later Souls of Mischief stuff). You didn’t let expectations or image get in the way of having an honest reaction to the music. That is something I struggled with in my own Hip Hop community, so I really appreciate the ethic you brought to your reviews. Best of luck to you in your next endeavor. Next time I’m in Vegas, I’ll try to come out to catch one of your sets.

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