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XXXTentacion's true legacy: Fixing hip-hop media

Internets, It's tragic anytime someone dies, especially when they're young and have some sort of mark

Life in a Shanty Town

June 22 · Issue #61 · View online
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It’s tragic anytime someone dies, especially when they’re young and have some sort of marketable skill. But if XXXTentacion’s death results in Peter Rosenberg being run out of hip-hop on a rail, at least it will have served some sort of purpose—I mean, aside from being excellent fodder for “content.”
The other day, someone popped a cap in XXXTentacion’s ass outside a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, FL, leading to many important conversations on social media. Some argued that he deserved to die anyway, because he once allegedly put a shoe on his pregnant ex-girlfriend, while others argued that it’s inappropriate to criticize someone who recently died, regardless of what they did. Maya Angelou, for example, if she’d died when she was 20, would be remembered as a filthy hoo-er.
One thing the dumbass who pointed that out (“Classic Man” singer Jidenna) failed to consider is that a woman can’t continue to sell her body past a certain point even if she wanted to, whereas a man can go upside a woman’s head—and also impregnate her—at any age.
But I digress.
When it was announced, Monday afternoon, that XXXTentacion had been assassinated, Peter Rosenberg was live on air with some sports talk radio show. He must have received a push notification on his phone. Apologizing for interrupting the show to discuss something that didn’t have shit to do with sports, he announced that the rapper had been killed. The two CACs who host the show, who’d never heard of him, asked, Who is XXXTentacion? To which Rosenberg replied, “Well, he’s no angel…”
Joe Budden, who must listen to sports talk radio, was deeply upset to hear to hear Rosenberg discuss XXXTentacion—who’d probably been dead for all of 15 minutes at that point—using the exact same language the New York Times used to discuss the Mike Brown shooting. (Meanwhile, the kid who was putting bombs on random black people’s front porches during this year’s South by Southwest was described as a “godly nerd.”)
On an episode of his popular podcast, Budden took Rosenberg to task for his use of coded, racially insensitive language, and for his seeming lack of concern for the family and friends of XXXTentacion, who, for all he knew, could have been tuned in to NY-area sports talk radio. Budden argued that in the hip-hop community, which consists of a disproportionate number of moral degenerates, it’s not customary to criticize the actions of someone who recently died.
Later on Twitter, Rosenberg assured his many followers that he wasn’t concerned that Budden and “other clowns” don’t think he’s of the culture because of what he said about XXXTentacion, since this is not the first time he’s been “attacked” for telling the truth—which may have been a reference to the time he was widely criticized for claiming to have done more for hip-hop than Chuck D, and then lying and claiming he didn’t say that, after having the offending video pulled from YouTube.
If Rosenberg wasn’t let go from Hot 97 for what he said about Chuck D, or Nicki Minaj, or Combat Jack, so on and so forth, it’s not likely that he’ll suffer any consequences for what he said about XXXTentacion. Fortunately, it seems like he’s on his way out of hip-hop anyway. He’s been reduced to sidekick status on what was once his own radio show. And he doesn’t seem to have much of a future in television.
Whereas Charlamagne Tha God and Desus & Mero are both headed to premium cable, Rosenberg has a show on Complex’s YouTube channel, i.e. the same place where Budden once had a show. Budden says he was paid peanuts at Complex, while being forced to shill for brands. I don’t think he cared for DJ Akademiks either. He shit-talks his former cohost in the same video where he goes at Rosenberg.
The other day, while researching an unrelated matter, I stumbled upon a video of Rosenberg at Hot 97. I noticed that he was wearing makeup, I guess from his Complex show. He looked like a gay magician. If this hip-hop media thing doesn’t work out, he might consider learning a few tricks.
Take it easy on yourself,

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