From URB.COM — Hip-hop hopefuls used to pass through the pages of The Source, XXL and maybe even this magazine on their way to big budget videos and bright lights. Today, rappers go nowhere unless Eskay says so. His chronically updated NahRight.com is the site for hip-hop news, videos and empefrees. This shift in the powers of hip-hop media can really be summarized in lines from two Brooklyn MCs. Biggie once said “And she loves to show me off of course/Smiles every time my face up in The Source.” Today, Brooklynite Skyzoo—who built his buzz on the web—says, “So ya’ll can go and type what ya’ll like/Comments is comments, I rather go and surf through Nah Right.”
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