I honestly don't think that they're going to find a good choice for a hip hop reviewer on the site. A lot of the hip hop heads on here are either narrow minded and fixed on one idea of what hip hop should be, or they're inexperienced trend jumpers who hate being called that.
And I mean this is my favorite faction of people on the site, I'm just being honest. It's hard to find a happy medium and still come out with someone who can write a decent review and be critical/knowledgeable all at the same time
Or they're the best like me but the owner of the site hates them
Quoting a post from a while back here, but I kind of agree with this. If it's someone that everyone who already
talks about hip-hop here already
knows, then you're just going to have that same group of kids discussing the album in the review thread (as opposed to the album thread) because you're all already friends. Plus you'll have a few other kids interested enough in the record at hand to discuss it as well. I'm not really sure that promotes aggressive change like the site would need in this field. It's hard to find a person to do this because it's a significant commitment, both mentally and time-wise, and I think to be very effective, Drew would probably have to go pick someone off another site (or someone who runs their own blog) who already posts news and reviews regularly. That's kind of a whole different process to go through and it's a lot more intensive than reading a few reviews that are sent to his inbox. The person would need a voice that tells people they know what they're talking about, but isn't so exclusive that it would turn off people who have absolutely no background with the genre. The downside to that is I'm not sure how the already tight-knit faction of people on here discussing hip-hop would respond to someone brand-new and unknown coming onto the site to review the genre. At first it seems like a lose/lose situation so I understand your attitude toward it, but I think it's fair to say that all change at one point seemed impossible to get going.
Also, to respond to another post you made where you mentioned me and how I mainly review pop-punk and you said I had a bad attitude toward hip-hop...not all of that is necessarily untrue but I'm just not invested enough to treat hip-hop like I do other genres. That isn't something exclusionary and I'll explain what I mean. You know this well: Becoming extremely familiar with a genre, to the point that you feel comfortable writing about it and comparing current music to other current music as well as older music, is not something that happens overnight. You have to be an active listener and analyst of that genre for a great deal of time to become effective. I have a few areas where I feel comfortable doing this, whereas in hip-hop I am just a casual listener who mainly takes recommendations instead of seeking out new things. I don't have a bad attitude toward the genre (although in your eyes this mindset might seem like a bad attitude), I just don't have the time to become an active listener of all types of music. Considering I don't get paid to be a music critic, I feel this is a fair justification of my habits. I write about what I feel like writing about when I feel like writing about it. When I was in that Facebook group with Jake, I would listen to most every song or artist he recommended but often I wouldn't even contribute to the discussion. It's just not my area. I may check out a new record and like it a lot (I really enjoyed the Kendrick Lamar record although that feels like an obvious choice to bring up - again, I am a casual listener and only the things that generate the most buzz will usually nab my attention) and just not actively discuss it because I feel out of place doing so. This isn't something that I feel I need to "work on" either - it's just how I am.