Kooley High performs at King's Barcade in Raleigh, 10/16.

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. 

Drique London on stage at Southland Ballroom, Raleigh, 9/25. 

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. 

Nance performing amongst the crowd at Southland Ballroom in Raleigh, 9/25.

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