Hello fellow rap nerds, it's Trey Stone. You may know me...well you might not know me, but if you do at all it's probably from the assorted way too long comments I've made variously at Status Ain't Hood, Brandon Soderberg's No Trivia, DocZeus's Not a Blogger, Straight Bangin', Passion of the Weiss and maybe even the occasional post over at OhWord. I debated it for a while and figured that while due to more pressing real-life matters my updating here might be sporadic sometimes, I might as well have an outlet for my ranting and raving on hip hop, music in general, maybe some politics and anything else that pops into my mind rather than dumping comments all over the place. So consider this an experiment. At the worst, it'll just be a dead site, and at best I'll eventually get hired for some random second-rate online review site no one reads. Who knows?
As far as the blog's title, it's partially tongue-in-cheek. I do tend toward select mainstream rap (the good: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, T.I., producers like Timbaland and The Neptunes; the bad: Rick Ross, Plies, Flo Rida, 50 Cent, The Game, etc. etc...you know the deal) but I'm not opposed to music that's labeled real hip hop on principle. I just think a bunch of it's kinda boring and dry, you know? But then we'll see how my tastes further evolve through the bloggerating.
As for the other title...I originally had this called "Chronicles of a Late '80s Baby" but then I realized that Sickamore over at XXLmag.com back in the day (AKA 1-2 years ago) had an almost identical title for his blog over there. Call it subconscious memory of good ideas. Still, I think it's an apt title, so I just changed it to "ramblings," which I think is more appropriate for my writing style.
So again, welcome, and while my tastes may differ with several of the blog sites I mentioned they've all got some talented writers so check 'em out, which I'm sure if you're reading this you already have. And if you're one of 'em put me on your blogroll prettyplease. Or OK, you can wait to see if I post anything you think is worth a shit first. I'm cool with that.
Oh and the format might change soon. I'm still figuring this blog deal out.