I think the most anyone did back then was just take Dame Dash quotables and turn them into slideshows. It was probably easier to have an intern-turned-Executive Editor do that than pay anyone to actually write about the guy, which ya’know, would actually take effort (and arguably even intelligence).

I was actually happy that it got published after all that noise, because the time passing gave it context. It also might have gotten lost amidst the other important topics back then—like what Nicki Minaj was posting on Instagram and which rapper had a birthday that day.

I still have hope for Medium. Some writers are really thriving here. This one guy just sold his life rights (*see note on this*) to be turned into a TV show based on a story he wrote. But on the average day, it’s pretty hit or miss. I guess they’re working on it and hopefully it’ll keep growing. Who knows. The internet is a pretty tough nut to crack no matter how smart you are or how hard you try.

What can ya do?

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