Ghost Sites of the Web

Web 1.0 history, forgotten web celebrities, old web sites, commentary, and news by Steve Baldwin. Published erratically since 1996.

May 05, 2008 Has a Serious Case of Rigor Mortis Has a Serious Case of Rigor MortisRemember Back in the late 1990's, it was the place to go to get the inside scoop on all the mad goings on in the world of hip-hop, hip-hop zines, urban TV and radio, and (especially) "urban" web sites such as and Its owner/webmaster, John Lee, AKA "Crispus Attucks," served up the snarky content with humor, a barbed wit, and hilarious graphics (which usually consisted of a pompous subject's head lopped off, decontextualized, and left hanging, like a de-stringed puppet, in whitespace).

In its day,'s self-appointed task of unmasking inner-city entrepreneurs seeking to cash in on the Web 1.0 boom accomplished with delicious, hip hopping hilarity, and rap impressario Russell Simmons was reportedly one of the site's biggest fans. Sadly, the site stopped updating in July of 2003, and today it's a frozen, albeit well-preserved cyber-corpse.

Too bad, becuase there are plenty of fast-talking Web 2.0 hucksters out there who deserve their share of unmasking. - we need you more than ever today!

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