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We Are 22nd!

Clipse -- "Kinda Like a Big Deal" (Featuring Kanye West)

I spotted this via Animal New York and ByronCrawford:

Shady's Back: Eminem Covers June Issue Of Vibe Magazine

This is kinda like a big deal for me . . . Ladies and Gentlemen, Beats and Rants landed at No. 22 on Vibe magazine's list of the 50 Hottest Rap Blogs

*Cheers!* and *Clapping!*

I'm totally in shock and humbled by this recognition. I didn't expect to make this list because I consider myself a small fish in a big pond of hip-hop bloggers. So, I'm deeply honored by this acknowledgment.

I consider Beats and Rants more than just a rap blog, since I like to cover an array of different types of music, artists and genres. But to be recognized by Vibe is a great honor for me. And at No. 22!?  That's real big. It's not the Pulitzer Prize, but it's all good nonetheless.

I don't know what the Vibe editors' criteria was for picking rap blogs for this list. All I can say is that they have great taste. Ha!

However, like all cumulated lists -- they are very subjective and never ever definitive. So, of course, this tally has some glaring omissions. Here are some of my favorite rap blogs that should have graced the list: 

Ill Roots, Government Names, Kevin Nottingham, Wake Your Daughter Up and

So, in conclusion, Vibe's "50 Hottest Rap Blogs" list has some omissions but at least they took the time to devise such a list -- no matter how contorted or invalid the list is to some bloggers.

Don't hate . . . congratulate!

Hopefully, Vibe will do another concise roundup next year.

Props to the almighty Eskay of Nah Right for reaching the No. 1 spot. I have been a supporter of his blog since day one.

Although I didn't reached the summit of Vibe's 50 Hottest Rap Blogs list, I figure I reintroduce myself to my new readers by answering the same questions that Maurice Garland (No. 42), Dallas Penn (No. 36) and DJ Vlad (No. 24) answered on

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