Wednesday, November 18, 2009


So as you know by now, Hip Hop Is Read has been included in XXL's coveted Top 100 list. I'm honored to be a part (not apart - there's a difference, dum dums) of this and I'll be quick to scoop up a copy or two at newsstands, just like I did when Vibe gave me the same honor. It woulda been nice to have seen Rock the Dub in here, but you already know that...

Anyways, by now you've probably looked over the full list (immaculately compiled by ANIMAL), but you probably haven't seen the blurbs they included about each website! Here's what XXL wrote about Hip Hop Is Read:
Ever wonder where rap’s hottest producers get their samples from? This gem of a site is like a virtual dig spot, offering compiled playlists of hip-hops’s original source material, minus all the digital dust, of course.
I guess that's my niche, ain't it? Samples, samples, samples! Well, we've got more samples (a decades' worth, to be exact *hint, hint*) coming your way, so stay tuned...

Thanks again, XXL!

READ: XXL’s Official 100 Best Hip-Hop Web Sites, Pt. 1 (#-K)


  1. You do kick the ass! thanks for all your time spent

  2. Congrats on the XXL spot... One of the few deserving Hip-Hop blogs on that list. Sample game proper indeed! Keep up the great work.

  3. Congrats man... much better than my "underground rap shit"... lol

  4. those comments on the XXL pot today seemed very last minute-y. even if those are what's going to print, why give one site a sentence and another 3?

  5. Congratulations Ivan! You have an amazing blog and it is great to see you getting some shine from some great publications. You deserve it!

  6. so happy for you, Ivan! all of this is just a sign of more recognition to come - and you're definitely worthy.