even if it was a bit garbled and
not entirely accurate. here's the text:
The Great Wall between artist and fan has been
graffed on, urinated on, and ultimately knocked the hell
down thanks to the internet. Artists see the internet as
an antiseptic means of communicating with their fans on
their own terms -- i.e. without having to face them.
Unfortunately, the meeting of the fragile egos of both
artist and message board poster alike does not always
yield productive results. On the contrary, it usually
gets mad ugly. The demands of webfanatics inevitably
prove to be too great for the artist, and the 'net
result is a whole lot of miscommunication, severed
relationships, and caught feelings all around. The GB's
find this very entertaining and have thus created an
award dedicated to the sensitive artist on the web, the
Most Defensive Award.
The inaugural Mos Deffy goes to Questlove of The
Roots and Okayplayer. The Roots' drummer has a long
history of being the starting catcher for the All
Feelings Team, hyperly defending everything from
Phrenology, to crossover attempts, to his love for
Northern State. Nevermind that most of the people on the
Okayplayer boards are suckups who would willingly accept
a 26 minute psychedelic instrumental Roots jam in the
ass if that's what he wanted to put out. No, it's the
critical fans that get his 'fro wound up.
So, he finally decided that the four people on there
who had critical opinions and dared to post them were
just too much for him to bear. He employed a famous
message board tactic, and all-time favorite of the GB's,
the Farewell Post. When asked if he wouldn't be posting
anymore, Brother Questionmark Asylum responded in the
all the time i tell cats--if you hate it here so
more than that...i kinda have an
actual life--like socially. i'll still be around, but
come on--even y'all can admit that the psychological
effects of every move i do getting talked about can be a
pain in the ass.
and i just don't think mothfuckers round here know
what constructive critisism is. either you get cats that
blame you for being given a short show time or if they
provide you with bad speakers. or if you don't happen to
do the song they would like to hear--then all of a
sudden your show sucks.
or since you didn't follow up your last shit with
more of the same shit then all of a sudden you fell off.
i can take and appreciate an explanation---but then
every 2 seconds a mofo is ambulance chasing every post
you on to make sure you know you suck....
or why work with this group?
i'm really in a new phase (see the believer) now. i
havn't abandoned the place....but there is a world out
there and i refuse to make priority being on this site 5
hours a day...specially if i have to provide the news
round here (i can see it now...."song titles for tipping
point", "why can't they just name this album something
regular like CLONES or THE BLACK ALBUM)
funny shit was i didn't even think y'all knew i aint
posted on a regular basis in 2 weeks.
This is what it looks like when Questdove cries. An
unfortunate result of this is that resident Okayhater
fwmj has also dropped his own Farewell Post. Citing
irreconcilable differences with the okay's, your boy
said it best:
there is absolutely no logical reason for a grown
man, 10 years my senior, to leave his own website
because of a few people (and apparently, namely me since
y'all keep tryin to make me famous) with unrelenting
opinions about his most recent work, some of his more
questionable business moves, backdoor hating on his
ex-co-conspiritors, peers, and contemporaries, and
backpeddling on previously held and quite sound ideals.
i don't come here now and didn't come here in '99 to
ham it up with ?uest. being starstruck is not me. i came
here to talk about music from time to time with folks i
might grow to respect. but i realise there are many more
people, mostly johnny-come-lately Roots fans (or
johnny-come-lately rap fans in general), that are here
to ham it up with ?uest/kiss ?uest and Co's ass than
there are of me.
p.s. holla at them emails if you want a real ass
opinion by someone that has nothing to gain by kissing
your ass and not that of a 'Yes Man/Rider'.
people should pay me to be a 'No Man'
Now, we all know how the Farewell Post goes. A poster
vows never to post again, only to lurk for a period
before finally giving in and posting. They always come
back. Although, there does seem to be something
different about this particular case. The departure of
fwmj leaves the Okayplayer boards in even worse shape
than before, if you can imagine such a thing. fwmj is
needed there, now more than ever. If he is serious about
jetting, he will find that he is welcome here at the GB.
Big ups to Questlove for taking home the first Mos
Deffy. You can put it next to your Grammy.
the good point was made early on, in the first
i think Kevin Smith has gotten a lot more heat on his
message boards (@ viewaskew.com), but he's always
managed to either have a sense of humor about it (and
fired back) or just ignored it.
it should be noted, though, that most of the content
in their forums (not necessarily to be taken as the work
of the GB people) revolves around lampooning HHI- and
anticon-types, which just easily could be done on HHI or
anticon-related sites. so, there's that.