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“Hateration” “Criticism” “Airing Out”

“Hateration” “Criticism” “Airing Out”

Birds of a Different Feather.

The word ‘hate” is a part of hip-hop lexicon. It is used ad nauseam. It is used out of context and inappropriately. As best I can tell, it was Mary J. Blige who coined the phrase “Hateration”—the act of hating without provocation. “Hate” is to this hip-hop generation what envy and jealousy is to the rest of the world.

It is a human emotion to be jealous and envious of another person’s accomplishments. Most of us, at one time or another has felt “hate” towards someone. But most of us grew out of that weak emotion and realized that we were jealous for our own selfish reasons. Every now and again, “hate” rears its ugly head and we have to suppress it.

There is a distinct difference between “hate” and “criticism.” Criticism, in most cases, is an intelligent deconstruction of a person, place or thing. Often referred to as “constructive criticism”—its use is to better that person. Conversely, “hate” is criticism aimed at dismantling the mental processes of a person. It is spewed maliciously with the intent of psychologically breaking down one’s pride, self-esteem, ego and well-being. “Hate’s” intent is to embarrass and harass—to destroy and kill. “Hate” is the “crabs-in-a-barrel” mentality on the oral/spoken tip.

“Hate” is like pointing your finger at someone and not realizing that three of your fingers are pointing back at you! “Hate” is the “pot-calling-the-kettle-black.” “Hate” is unabashedly dissecting why a person succeeds and you are still stuck in a cesspool of self-pity.

Like, how do you “hate” on someone of your own profession (like other rappers) who’ve done waaaaay far more to further their careers than you have? That’s “hate!” What I’m demonstrating by writing this blog is called “criticism.” Do you see and understand the difference? There is no malicious intent other than to get to the bottom of “hate.” I’ve written very few blogs where I’ve outright “hated” on someone. When I wrote that blog about the two lesbian females trying to get pregnant—some might call that “hate”—but nonetheless, it was not hate, but rather a satirical look at a very silly and almost inhuman way to treat the person donating sperm. Saying that these two lesbians shouldn’t be allowed to have children—now that’s hate!

Whenever you speak critically about someone ask yourself, “Am I trying to better this person or am I trying to kill their dream?” “Am I trying to uplift or tear down?” These questions will determine if you’re a “hater” or a “constructive criticizer.”

What’s not “hate?” When a (famous) person does some bonehead thing (like grab a mic from another person and takes over their acceptance speech) and bloggers like me “go in” on them. Do not mistake this for “hate!” This is called “Airing out.” This is a literary ass-whipping brought on by that person’s arrogance and stupidity! Its purpose, like any childhood ass-whipping, is to humble, teach, stand as a warning for bad behavior, embarrass and to let that person know that he/she is not above public scrutiny. Some people need to be “aired out!”

In this hip-hop world, we bloggers have our place. We are supposed to be the brains who can articulate and critically and acutely break down the good stuff and “air-out” the redundantly wack stuff. We are supposed to be opinionated and have the literary chops to back up our claims. Even a blogger like Byron Crawford (Bol) of XXL, who is considered by many to be a huge “hater”—he is not a hater, but rather and probably the best at articulating hip-hop’s faux pass (missteps). It is our duty as bloggers to “criticize,” “air-out”—and, if need be—“hate!” We alone can do these things as entertainment or making a name for ourselves in this vast arena of Internet hip-hop blogs. Our outlandishness has no boundaries!

But you, who love to “hate” for “hate’s” sake—what gives? What does it do for your psyche to leave a negative and disparaging comment on someone’s blog? Does it make you feel good when you boldly and obviously “hate?” Do you think your “opinion” is so great that your “Hateration” will change the life of the person you just hated on? Does it make you feel good to send negativity into cyberspace?

At-the-end-of-the-day, we welcome “haters,” because they are a barometer for our movements. The “hater” can tell us much—like how effective we are in our presentation and how far our movement has spread. If you’re a DJ from New York and a nigga from Arizona “hates” on you—his “hating” can be a geographical clue as to how big you and your movement are. So we thank the “hater” for his census and auditing work. It’s just a shame that the “hater” position is a non-paying job with no benefits.

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Comment by Khalil Amani on March 10, 2010 at 3:57pm
always feel free to quote me or reprint my blogs! :) Alhumudulilah!!!!!
Comment by DJ AK on March 10, 2010 at 3:06pm
I could not agree more. I may have to borrow this from you and quote you in a facebook note directed towards my own congregation of haters! AMEN... ALHUMDULILAH... however you wanna say it, this is RIGHT ON THE MONEY!!
Comment by Q.B. Of Da' Midwest on March 8, 2010 at 2:32am

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