Rahiel Tesfamariam

*Worldstarhiphop.com has gone too far with its depictions of violence among young, black people, according to a Washington Post writer, who expressed her grievance via “Death of World Star Hip Hop (D.O.WSHH),” an op-ed piece written for the Post.

Although she recognized WSHH’s right to free speech, shelabeled the site as “one of the most culturally damaging media platforms in existence today,” Rahiel Tesfamariam cited Jay Z’s shut down of auto-tune with his 2009 hit “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-tune)” as motivation for “brand damaging from hip-hop artists and community activists” in regards to inflicting damage upon World Star.

Tesfamariam is the latest public figure to offer criticism of World Star, AllHipHop.com reports as it referenced a petition started last year by the members of the Zulu Nation to persuade World Star to remove “Hip Hop” from its name. For Zulu Nation Minister of Information Quadeer “MC Spice” Shakur, the web site misrepresents the foundations and true principles of Hip Hop.

“WorldStarHipHop has no respect, as far as I’m concerned, for our people and our music,” Shakur told AllHipHop last March. “If it was in fact just a site for what we call ‘entertainment’ then let it be known at the bottom of your page. Put some kind of disclaimer that you are not in fact involved in or a part of real Hip Hop culture.”

Shakur’s views were echoed by Grandmaster Melle Mel, who also expressed how WSHH was not a true representation of the culture.

“WorldStarHipHop has no more to do with Hip Hop than FedEx has to do with the federal government,” the hip-hop legend shared with AllHipHop.

Despite the critics, World Star continues to be a popular destination as it featured music videos from well-known and upcoming artists in addition to the violent content.

In HuffPost Live’s Google+ discussion “Do ‘Hood Sites’ Normalize Black Stereotypes?,” Mandon Lovett, an independent filmmaker, stood by WSHH’s tag of being the “CNN of the Ghetto” by pointing out that the site is simply highlighting the violence that’s happening in urban America.

Lovett’s fellow HuffPost Live panelist, Rhymefest, added to the WSHH support when he noted how WSHH was no different than other video streaming sites that post the same kind of content.

“We’re not here talking about YouTube,” the Chicago rapper said. “We’re not here talking about Vimeo. We’re not sitting here talking about all of these sites that do the same thing that World Star does.”
Aware of World Star’s supporters, Tesfamariam stated in her column “To defend World Star Hip Hop is to defend the normalization of violent stereotypes and exploitation of pain, anger and brokenness.”

To see HuffPost Live’s “Do ‘Hood Sites’ Normalize Black Stereotypes?” discussion, click on the video below: