Guest Star: "It's a Sell-Out Queens Move To Live In Brooklyn But I Had To Do It"
Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 12:45AM
[Hennessy's Wild Rabbit represents that voice inside of us, pushing us onward and upward to bigger and greater things, but sometimes that voice can be bit hard to find. In the latest part of his "Wild Rabbit" series, veteran hip-hop editor Elliott Wilson considers the difficulty of finding one's own voice. Even for him, a man known for his hip-hop opinions and unforgettable laugh, it wasn't easy. As a young'n Wilson tried to rap, but just couldn't accomplish those necessary complex internal rhymes. He then saw magazines as the best route for him to document the culture that inspired him so greatly. Wilson advises that the only way for a young writer to find his voice is to keep writing; eventually you're going to reach real opinions on a topic that's important to you. Take a trip down the rabbit hole.]
It's a sell-out Queens move to live in Brooklyn but I had to do it. I'm not that far away from Manhattan, I live right near the [Barclays Center] arena and I'm glad that the [Nets] has come to Brooklyn. I live like a block away, I'm super excited.
I'll deal with the traffic that comes with it and take my commute every day. Even though I'm a kid from Queens, I'm not super Brooklyn all day. It's still New York pride, you know what I mean? To be part of something that's being created. I'm about to go into the city, about to try and take over the day.
I tried to learn how to rap when I was younger and be influenced and write rhymes, but it was like everything I wrote was like, 'In the place to be as you could see.' I couldn't really write complex rhymes but I had started to see magazines that were devoted to just rap music and hip-hop.
And I was like, 'Those are the kinds of places I want to be. I want to be able to write about this music. This music isn't getting the respect it deserves. I feel like the people writing about the music don't understand the music'
Looking back at it now, I didn't realize a lot of it had to do with my age and my age was close to the artists that were actually creating the music. I just felt like I had insight about it and I wanted to let people know how great this music was and how influenced I was by it.
I think the only way you find your voice in hip-hop journalism is just to keep writing and inevitably you're going to get to how you really feel about something and that's the hard part because sometimes people try to sugarcoat it, analyze something without saying how they really feel about it. Or then you have some people who have all opinions but no way to express it in a really constructive way.
All these different avenues that I do, whether it's online or magazine and different avenues I try to explore, I want to try and make an impact. That's always been my desire and that's always been my drive.
Elliott Wilson is most known for leaving his imprint in the hip-hop game with the touch of a pen. He founded Ego Trip magazine in the 1990's and later became an editor at The Source. He would then go on to helm the position of editor in chief for XXL. Since parting ways with XXL, Wilson has remained as an active online hip-hop journalist and personality.
Make sure to check back next Wednesday, October 3rd for the final installment of Elliott Wilson's Hennessy Wild Rabbit journey.
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Check out Episode 2: "Finding Your Voice" below: