Will Leitch, best known to the world as the founder of Deadspin and hero of the sports blogosphere, has spend the last half year as a contributing editor to New York magazine (after which point, the number of Woody Allen references on Deadspin plummetted dramatically). He was in charge of covering the release of Q-Tip’s The Renaissance when it was released in November. While praising Q’s work with A Tribe Called Quest, Leitch lamented the fact that Q-Tip’s essentially been reduced to classic rock. While Leitch has a background in film and music criticism, he opened the article referring to the fact that Q-Tip wrote this season’s "Go NY Go" song for the Knicks, a video which now features several former or inactive New York Knicks.
But Q-Tip didn’t take kindly to the title of an old-timer, and didn’t like the credit Leitch gave to Kanye’s success. The result: a very Kanye-like comment on the article:
"damn mr. leitch!! why are u shitting on me and dick riding kanye. seems like its an assignment you didnt want to do so why do it? you should have done a DL4 assignment or better yet a ‘whatever happened to fallout shelters in a Mc Carthy era new york?’ piece!!! i’m good… you??? JADED!! yes this is qtip."
He followed that up by leaving another comment saying ""oh i forgot… ASSHOLE." and sending New York mag an email to confirm that he was, in fact, the real Q-Tip. Deadspin reported that Will responded by feeling "grouchy," which is probably his humble Midwestern way of saying "annoyed at idiotic, grammatically-challenged rappers." Of course Leitch has too much experience facing verbal abuse on the web (and off) to really do anything but shrug it off. Writing from a site that gets equally idiotic comments when we post something about hip-hop (and all music in general; we like it when you register first), we’d like to remind Leitch: not every commenter can be good as Deadspin’s.
As for Q-Tip’s Knicks song, there will always be only one "Go NY Go" in my heart: