Published Jan 24, 2011WorldStarHipHop was an urban blog dedicated to gossip, music videos and album leaks, but the website disappeared earlier today (January 24) with little explanation. Some media outlets have reported that the site was seized by Homeland Security for copyright violation, but 50 Cent is claiming that he was directly responsible for the shutdown.
As AllHipHop.com points out, WorldStarHipHop was the subject of a lawsuit with 50 in November 2009, when the rapper claimed that his image and content were used on the website without permission. Today, 50 Cent was in full bragging mode when he announced to his millions of Twitter followers that he was behind the takedown, tweeting, "I put worldstar to bed, you don't believe try me I will shut your sh*t down. Lol... I have lawyers on retainers and I have to pay them so much money anyway, so we'll go back and forth to court until (they) can't afford a Subway sandwich."
The rapper born Curtis Jackson also hinted that more websites might be on the chopping block, tweeting, "I predict 2 more web sites will shut down this week. Take a guess who they are. I'm sick of the hate I'm to strong."
50 also announced the launch of his own video site called BooBooTV, writing, "Me and @FloydMayweather don't thing worldstar was good representation of black people as a hole. We will present better."
The official WorldStarHipHop Twitter expressed different sentiments, saying, "WE WILL BE BACK!!! CAN'T SHUT US DOWN #WORLDSTAR... Smh I fucks wit @50cent but niggaz clownin yall he aint done shit."
Atlanta rapper Big Boi also weighed in on the situation via his Twitter, suggesting that the WorldStar closure may have been politically motivated, as the blog had recently focused on more controversial news topics.
"Damn they shut down worldstarhiphop, just when they started reporting on current events. That's fucked up," Big Boi wrote, adding, "Just when they started reporting events such as , dead birds , and stories the mainstream media wasnt covering... They put news where it could be reached by the youth... There are millions of sites that infringe on copyrights, trust me I know."
As of press time, the URL at WorldStarHipHop is still dead.
UPDATE: The FADER points to an interview with Hot 97's Angie Martinez where 50 Cent admits he was half-joking, saying, "I might know somebody who could do it but i didn't do that. Why would I do a think like that? Because I can?" Instead, the site was reportedly taken down because of a faulty server. Sure enough, it's back up again today (January 25).