Super Empty is a long-form blog about hip-hop in North Carolina. It was inspired by the current standard for music blogs today (with the exception of some great sites, like DJ Booth): a couple quick paragraphs of mindless slop underneath a photo from a quick Google image search and followed by a few social media links. And then another, then another. Dozens of pointless tweets a day going out into the universe, all saying essentially the same thing: "This song came out today." That may be the way that music blogs have to operate from a business perspective, but you know what they say: If you're not getting paid, you can do what you want. So at Super Empty, I don't get paid, and I also get to do what I want — write long-form reviews and opinion columns about North Carolina hip-hop and take pictures to go with them.
Super Empty does not ordain to be an authority of any sort, but it is one of the few places to find thoughtfully considered prose about hip-hop in North Carolina — others being INDY Week writer Eric Tullis and the otr culture blog. My hope is to ultimately expand the scope of Super Empty — not geographically, but culturally — encompassing not just live shows and studio sessions but also the clothing makers, the designers, the videographers and more who bring life to the hip-hop scene.
Until then, check out a few select posts to get a taste for what the blog is all about:
• Kooley Is Back (And Better Than Ever) On Heights EP, Oct. 31, 2015
• Nance at Southland: The Triangle's Next Wave Comes Alive in Raleigh, Oct. 9, 2015
• Let's Be Honest: The Carolina Music Awards For Hip-Hop Are Bullshit, Aug. 18, 2015
Even though the site is mostly longer posts, the Twitter account is frequently active with news and releases from NC hip-hop artists. Follow us at @superemptyblog.