Top Urban Blogs

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There are a few list out there going around which try to rank the best urban blogs based on Alexa, Technorai, and a few other ill faded factors. So us here at the decided to really see who was on top and who was not. Thanks to Saba Kennedy-Washington who inspired this list.


So first check out that list in a post I found on They state that by using Alex, Technorati, Digg, and Momentum they can calculate the best blogs on the net. But I totally disagree with this list. There is much much more that goes into the value of a blog these days. So we decided to use the method that is used on They measure a url’s worth based on Domain age, Google Page Rank, number of Inbound Links, and Alexa ranking.

We also decided that a blogger must own all of their data. Thus any sites built on top of or we removed from this list. So check out April’s list of Top Urban bloggers. And if you think your blog is hot and you fully own it ,then hit the comments and let us know and we will consider your blog for ranking in our May edition.

  • TDT
    April 3, 2008

    hhhmmmm… nahright should be #1 for consistency, where is 2dopeboyz? & where is… i guess if its urban gossip sites this list makes sense…

    yall should do one for straight hip-hop… the smoking section is absent? and is that rap up the rap up high up on there.. that dudes blog stinks.

  • GreasyGuide
    April 3, 2008

    TDT –

    Remember we excluded blogs that are built on top of other networks. The Smoking Section is built ontop of and to us that data is owned by Rawkus and not the blogger/bloggers themselves. And going with our experience a blog is only worth while if the blogger can fully their content.

  • thestreets
    April 3, 2008

    one of the problems with using google pagerank is that any blog who has had problems with spam might be excluded.. at one point I had a PR of 3 but then I was inundated with spam and it dropped to like 0. i was told its cause google doesn’t like linkings from spam or something.. anyways i think its back up to like 2 now… still this is good idea! add me to the list next time around 😉

    my list:
    1. nahright for consistency
    2. 2dopeboyz for consistency (watch ur ass nahright, these dudes are hot on ur trail)
    3. illdoctrine for some politriks
    4. grandgood for that real hiphop
    5. of course…


  • Casual T
    April 3, 2008

    Honourable mention from the muthaland..

  • GreasyGuide
    April 3, 2008

    The Streets:

    If you are running wordpress you should install the Akismet plugin and that will cut down your site spam. I had the same problem and the spam was so heavy that it would crash my site. But switching over to and installing Akismet has solved that problem.

  • khal
    April 3, 2008

    shouldnt it go based on hits, content and overall depth? i mean, i disagreed with the original list b/c i dont think i consider sides like bossip a true hiphop blog – its more gossip than anything. when you think hiphop blog, you think of sites like nahright, 2dopeboyz, therapup, illroots and others – new music, new news, mixtapes, hiphop videos, etc.

    just my $0.02

  • greasycharlotte
    April 3, 2008

    What a concise and on point list! Can’t wait to see how this grows.

    Speaking of the Motherland, please include our friends over at – next time around!

  • MiRKED
    April 3, 2008

    who sets or how are those prices calculated?

  • GreasyGuide
    April 3, 2008

    Khal –

    Hits? Hits is an extremely web 1.0 measurement and considered extremely invalid in ranking a site.

    I’ve worked in the internet space for about 7 years working for,,, and AssociatedContent. So when we do site metrics we consider the following:

    Unique visitors – how many time 1 unique person visited your site.

    Repeat visitors – how many times a person returned to your site.

    Time Spent on Site – How long is a user spending on your site reading content.

    These are the top 3 metrics that are considered. If we really want to go deep into it we would need access to ComeScore, HitWise, or Nelison NetRatings to get an extremly accurate view of the urban blogosphere.

  • Key
    April 3, 2008

    Yo I stay at on their blog. Dudes do a podcast show with fire underground music and their blog is pretty hot. I like em because they put stuff out they are feeling and actuall SPEAK on it rather than just drop shit in a post and leave it.

  • GreasyGuide
    April 3, 2008

    MiRKED –

    We used to calculate this list. The site takes into consideration the estimate value of an url based on traffic, Alexa ranking, inbound links, advertising opps, Google Page Rank, and age of the domain name.

  • Yeti
    April 3, 2008

    Hey man I’m all for it! I don’t need to slam this even though you slammed our list. The problem is there still is not one set standard to measure how great a blog is or what it’s worth, etc. etc. It’s all subjective including the list we originally put out before you. We never claimed our list was the THE ONE to go by. No it’s just a tool. Just like yours. You are not the internet God. Someone can easily build off your list and say it’s better.

    So it’s easy to slam our list but it could just be as easy to slam yours. But I won’t go there. Instead this looks like another good tool to measure the success of urban blogs. We should be about improving and collaborating. Not always just slamming each others work.

    Peace fam
    Scott Yeti

  • GreasyGuide
    April 3, 2008

    Yeti –

    I stated that I disagree with the calculations on the list. I didn’t say your list sucked, or it was wack, I stated I disagree and explained why most of it is slightly off.

    I never said I was the internet God, however I have more experience then most in this space.

  • theanswer
    April 3, 2008

    dont forget to check out ALL FREE mixtape downloads w tons of Classic releases! You can upload your mixtapes also… ENJOY!

  • Sdot
    April 3, 2008

    Check out ‘The Hip-Hop Chronicle’.

    Just installed the alexa toolbar as we speak

  • Ras
    April 5, 2008

    Check out Its Hip Hop Online Radio integrated with Daily updates and a Social Community!

  • RealTalkNY
    April 5, 2008

    This list is trash. Rawkus bloggers do own their content and get more traffic than everyone on the list except for the top 2.

  • GreasyGuide
    April 5, 2008


    Well show us some proof. Your site is in the millions on Alexa, has only 86,000 inbound links, and is a .net. And by rules of the internet .net’s are never worth more then

    As for Rawkus, what are your terms of use with your bloggers? Do they have full 100% ownership for all the content written on the site? Can they go and start their own url and sell their own ads and build their own brand with out using the rawkus platform? Does Rawkus own a display only license for the content and give full rights and ownership to it’s bloggers? Do the Rawkus bloggers get 100% rev. made from the content they are producing?

  • alexa toolbar & widgets
    April 12, 2008

    If you depend on link or site selling as a form of monetization you will definitely want to increase your Alexa rank, because it will increase your bargaining power when it comes to ad pricing.

  • The Hip Hop Chronicle
    April 20, 2008

    Greasy guide, check out The Hip Hop Chronicle.

    Our inbound links may not be as much as the others but thats because we’ve been up for less than two months.

    The last time you may of checked, our alexa rating has increased and is more than the 30th place blog in April’s top urban blogs.

  • GreasyGuide
    April 20, 2008

    Everyone’s Alexa rating changed as of Thursday. Alexa recently expanded it’s algorithm outside of the just the toolbar panel. I will explain that in full detail when I post the new list.

  • The Hip Hop Chronicle
    April 21, 2008

    Ok. Just let us know if we made the cut.

    you can let us know at


  • Sdot
    May 16, 2008

    What’s good Greasy Guide, our contact email address has changed. We couldnt find your contact email so hopefully this will get to you.

    We understand that your compiling May’s top urban blogs, check out the site, its grow since the last time you may have saw it. We got interviews with Immortal Technique on the way, UK R&B Sensation Jay Sean and the legend Jazzie B from Soul 2 Soul


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    October 8, 2010

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  • Teylor
    October 30, 2010

    I would thank a nice article..

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