View Full Version : The End of World Star?

01-24-2011, 06:47 PM
Today I look at the apparent (now known to be a server problem) shutdown of WorldStar and the reaction of the hip hop community to it.


So just like OnSMASH.com was taken over by the feds on Thanksgiving, next up is WorldStar Hip Hop, apparently removed with the assistance of Homeland Security and 50 Cent (according to him, and heís been known to talk a lot of shit). While the rumors are still flying and no one quite knows what has happened as of yet (as if it really matters, domain names are cheap) whatís clear is that everyone has an opinion on the subject already. Whether you loved or hated the videos on WorldStar itís clear that everyone was well aware of a site that included all types of fuckery from rappers, random mafuckas on the street, and a whole slew of hoes, proud to be hoes at that. But what does the closing of this site mean for hip hop and should we really all be so happy such a ďhorribleĒ site is now gone?

With anything and everything you have to take the good and the bad. The internet itself gave us the ability to communicate with people all over the world in an instant but that also meant that everything from viruses to website scams to child pr0n were readily accessible to anyone who was looking for trouble. Smartphones are now in the hands of damn near every american (unless you still struggling) and even though that only furthers our ability to communicate in an instant, it also means that people who shouldnít be texting and driving are doing so, which has made Congress feel the need to infringe on my goddamn liberties. Hip hop is no different.

World Star Hip Hop was nothing short of entertaining. Whether it was a dude beating his nephewís ass for faking some gangsta shit online, a video hoe trying to get her come up, or some good olí fashioned head-in-the-club, there was never a shortage of videos perfect for killing an hour here or there. Now while some may have found those videos offensive, or destructive to the image of black people, WorldStar was also a place for young artists to make a name for themselves. Freestyle videos were always popping up, and even bigger name acts were premiering videos there instead of expecting MTV to pay attention to real hip hop (not to mention people like Camíron would often times release videos that werenít exactly MTV appropriate). So even though all the Kat Stacks fuckery type shit is now hidden again instead of out in the open where we canít deny its existence in the world, these hungry rappers have lost yet another outlet to get their music out there. It may not be OnSMASH, but even WorldStar had some good to offer the hip hop community.

Now all of this is still pure speculation, whether 50 Cent had anything to do with this (update: he didnít (http://www.missinfo.tv/index.php/50-cent-vs-worldstarhiphop-50-admits-he-didnt-shut-wshh-down-but-is-suing-them/)), or if itís even a permanent shutdown, the fact is that WorldStar was a valuable source of information and new music for the hip hop community as well as a place to have a few good laughs in the middle of a rough day. If you supported OnSMASH because of its importance to the hip hop community, then this is no different, theyíre attacking hip hop yet again and just because it isnít the nicest of websites or the best display of what hip hop has to offer, itís still important to the culture and itís still yet another sign that hip hop is always the target of the powers that be. Free speech is at risk here, and itís always the most ridiculous speech that needs to be protected the most, so just like I said with regard to OnSMASH, FREE WORLDSTAR!

01-24-2011, 06:49 PM
its a server error, will be back up tomorrow...don't believe the hype

01-24-2011, 07:00 PM
lol wow

you practically wrote a term paper about world star

apart from it being a "coon" show like Hollow Dartz said or the comments regarding it's destructive, negative videos that depict black culture, there is also some legal issues regarding the uploaded videos where people haven't given their consent to be filmed.

at some point in the future they will be in the courts for this.

01-24-2011, 07:07 PM
wooooooooooow rip to the greatest rap video site everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

01-24-2011, 08:18 PM
what does the closing of this site mean for hip hop
nothing at all

by the way, its back up. was making this article worth it?

Mr. R&B
01-25-2011, 11:01 AM
I've never once logged on to that website.

So whether or not it shuts down is of no consequence to me.

01-25-2011, 01:35 PM