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Not Going on Hiatus, But Getting Close…

by Winston "Stone" Ford

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So if you’ve noticed, I haven’t been posting much on this blog, and personally I’m at the point where I was about the turn the lights off this thing for good, (a la shut down the studio, “Puffy Style”). It’s not that I don’t like the site, because I love The Couch Sessions but a lot of things have to be fixed before I move forward.

First off my job has taken up all of allowable free time. I’m occupied every day with the legal hustle, while most people I know in “the industry” are still in bed. And maybe this is a sign of me getting old, but after work I would rather come home and watch ESPN HD with a cold beer then try to venture out to U Street to catch a show. Not saying that your show sucks, but getting out there on a weeknight and then trying to make it to work at 8:30 AM just isn’t hittin’ it anymore. Come up to NYC or Philly on a Tuesday? Naw man, can’t do it. And I know a bunch of people have told me to quit my job and focus on the music thing, but seriously that ish is downright impossible considering my financial sitation. How else can I live the “rock star” lifestyle?

Also, there is a lot of stuff going on with the site on the back end that I can’t really talk about, but is surely taking its toll on how I run things around here. It’s not beef or anything like that, just technical stuff with my hosting company, Google, WordPress, and all of the above that is constraining this site from reaching the maximum amount of viewers. And no, the podcasts aren’t up yet. In turn, I’ve had to put all of my other ideas on hold (record company, the documentary thing, etc) until I get these issues with the site fixed.

And lastly, I can’t get down with this so-called hip-hop music these days. I’m listening to the new UGK album for review and although its a decent album, I just can’t get down with the cliched bitch talk, gun talk, pimp talk, etc. Granted, I’m reviewing Common’s Finding Forever, and I find it cliched for different reasons. All I’m trying to say is that there is a highly probable chance that I don’t like your favorite rapper (cough, Lil ‘Wayne) or your favorite hipster starlet (cough, M.I.A., cough) but the most popular blogs dry hump both. And since I much rather write about artists that most people never heard of, I will never the the shine that most bloggers get even though I’ve been in this game for almost 4 years. No disrespect to any other blogger, because trust me I read most every hip-hop blog you can name on a regular basis, but I’m trying to survive as a Black music blogger who tries to blog outside the realm of what is considered popular Black culture, and its not an easy thing.

So right now, I’m not going the shut anything down and I don’t know if I really want to go on a true hiatus. I’m still going to post, and I know Rome will hold things down. Basically, I see this site as Season 6 of 24: a venerable and popular show gets stale in its 6th season, and the producers have to go back to the drawing board to get things back on track for season 7. And that’s what I”m doing. Going back to the drawing board so I can ensure people that I’m putting out a quality product, on my terms and hopefully making money in the process.

Sorry for the rant, but let me assure you that big things are coming.


  • Jerome Baker III


    We ALL are at that point in our lives where professional duties are getting in the way of personal interest. Keep the dreams alive homie.

    I work 2 full times jobs, DJ, design sh-t, pushing my artist to the world, and hold down my girl and niece and nephews.


    So what the going has been and is getting tough. This is where you shine through all of that crap and get it poppin.

  • 2N2ME

    I have been waiting for someone to say it, be truth to thy self, this is NOT my HiP HoP, these 15 minute famers….pleaze. LIL Wayne??? Great rapper are you serious??? LOL thank you for saying it out loud. WHy are they sleepin on Lupe? He is the ONLY new one I like, he is what I THOUGHT Kanye was tryin to be, I will admit he had me fooled for a quick minute, until he started with the chest hairs and outdated Bootsey shades, I don’t follow it? Another suspect who has over stayed his welcome Pharell, liked the beats and samples the first 10,000 times I heard it, maybe if he left the singing and rapping alone and focus on rippin new sample with new beats less on the lip gloss and icecream shoe line. When did ORIGINALITY go out of style? Everyone isn’t a drone, some of us actually pick the music we choose to listen to!!! Thank God for MP3 players, radio is dead. Stone don’t leave we need a drummer marching to a different beat, in your case Blogger. :) *quietly steppin off my soapbox, back to the bubble in Upper Marlboro*

  • Danny!

    Being one of the artists — that no one else talks about, LOL — that you so prominently featured in your blog, I wanna say thank you and express my gratitude for the love over the past year. I hope you don’t turn the lights off for good but if you do, it’s been a great run and I respect your decision either way.

    On some real sh*t, I’ve been feeling the same way about stuff in my life and whether I should hang it up and focus on the “real” world. It’s a part of life, I suppose! Peace, and thanks for everything.

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