Good at the core

I was informed of an article written in the Orlando Weekly and how inaccurate it was `"Westside story," Sept. 18` and I must say that I'm not sure what everyone's upset about.

I personally have been creating a "scene" of my own which incorporates, unifies and impresses unification among the subgenres of hip-hop, within hip-hop, and can attest to the disconnect between ideologies, but can also attest to the power of the source of where future artists find their muse. I have hosted a show on 91.5-FM WPRK on Friday mornings for the past year (the Substitutes and Big Butta Beats) and through my selection have amassed a collection of listeners ranging from all walks of life that listen to the show because of the content; what I call hip-hop. Hip-hop cannot exist in exclusivity and it still thrives because of its universal appeal.

I can say that as a member of the local music scene the only time I've encountered tension, division and the separatist movement is from within the scene as you have stated, and is the reason I agree with your write-up. While others may have gotten caught up in minor technicalities and miss the point of the piece, I can appreciate the core premise.

"O," via the Internet

East versus west

I was with a few artists the other day and we were looking at the Orlando Weekly because friends of ours — Mo4US and Chezpiece — were on the cover. I personally was really disappointed in the article. That article reminded of me when the media started adding fuel to fire between the East and West coasts. The article was poorly written. The lack of research was obvious from the start of the article.

The article mentioned the Hip Hop Diner. The event in May that resulted in two people getting shot (including an artist) was a shame and a blight on Orlando hip-hop. The Diner followed up that event with a "stop the violence rally" that was covered by all the local stations. Both events had artists from all over the city and the country performing together and networking.

What is amusing about people getting shot and a minority-owned business collapsing? The Diner was becoming a mecca for artists to perform and network. On any given day there were artists from all over the city freestyling, having meetings and networking! It's gone now and I don't see what is funny about that. It's not funny that local artists have to pay to open up for national acts in Orlando or that artists have to pay to get on the radio. Payola is payola no matter how it's disguised.

Artists in Orlando are more unified than ever. The talent in this city is overwhelming but the people that control the venues and control the airwaves have greed in their hearts. It's hard to see talented artists leaving the city.

Do your homework and cover the story from all angles. We won't let Orlando fall into a east side versus west side battle. We won't allow our city to be divided by backpackers versus the Dirty South. The only thing that matters in the end is if you are wack or you are not, if people listen to you or they don't. Artists like T-Rex, Clint Dawg, King, Skyy High, Phil 4 Real  and countless others will make sure that our culture and our city gets unified.

Rebel Black, via the Internet

Free boy

Biteboy really ought to change their name to Lynyrd Pydylla `"Our Dumb State: The Casey Anthony edition," Sept. 11`. Thanks for the continuing laugh-out-loud saga of Orlando's second-shittiest band!

via the Internet

Very meta

Funny how you're making fun of the media frenzy surrounding this case with none other than a media article about this case. `"Our Dumb State: The Casey Anthony edition," Sept. 11`. Hmm, I see your point.


Corrections department

Due to a reporting error, last week's cover story, "Westside story," incorrectly identified the owner of Culture Mart. Swamburger is the owner of the establishment; we regret the error.

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