If you’ve watched any video that could be described as ratchet or a hot mess in the last couple of years, chances are pretty good that you saw it on WorldStarHipHop.com. The site has become synonymous with videos featuring big booties, fights, and just plain ignorance.
Vibe.com has posted a thorough article about the website and it’s founder, Lee “Q” O’Denat, and his history as a G-Unit satellite affiliate, his current beef with 50 Cent, his ties to Kat Stacks, and much more.
On Kat Stacks:
He has signed her to World Star as a celebrity/rapper/villain, and she isn’t earning anything behind bars. But this afternoon was a bust. After Q, a cameraman, the lawyer, Kat’s mother and Kat’s son drove out to the courthouse at the Bureau of Prisons Federal Correctional Complex in Oakdale, they learned she wouldn’t be freed for a few more weeks.
Q has polished off a plate of chicken tenders when Kat calls from prison. They exchange pleasantries. “Four months without d*ck?” says Q. “Your p*ssy is gonna be like your a**. Gotta make sure your first dude isn’t a dirtbag—he’s gonna love you.”
On Being Asked To Take Down An Embarassing Video
Q rarely misses an opportunity to squeeze a buck from his brand and beyond. One girl begged him to take down a clip in which she stripped naked while rapping along to Nicki Minaj’s verse from “Monster.” Like many humiliating moments inspired by alcohol and caught on camera, the clip ended up on WorldStarHipHop.com. She was desperate to get the footage off the Web, so she contacted Q and tearfully begged him to remove the clip. “She had been disowned, kicked out of her house,” Q remembers, sounding sympathetic. Eventually he relented and took down the video, but only after she coughed up $500. “She had to pay up!” he cackles, rubbing his thumb and forefinger together.
Q’s Past Affiliation With G-Unit
Among humans, Q’s best ally turned out to be lifelong friend Yves Ceac, better known as DJ Whoo Kid. (He declined to comment for this story.) When the G-Unit juggernaut began picking up steam in 2001, Q founded NYCPhatMixtapes.com as Whoo Kid’s official Web site. He was living in public housing in central Pennsylvania but selling New York’s hottest hip-hop commodities: 50 Cent Is the Future, Guess Who’s Back? and other mixtapes featuring 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo. “I was just another part of the entourage,” says Q, of his relationship with G-Unit. “50 used to see me and say, ‘What’s up?’—he recognized my face—but he didn’t give a f*ck about me.”
50, who says he’s in litigation with World Star for incorporating his likeness into the original WSHH logo has been disturbed by the platform Q provided to 50’s opponents. “If there’s a dispute between me and another artist, there’s more online traffic. People trying to keep up with it. Almost like a soap opera,” says 50. “When that happens, he tries to cover the other side of it as much as possible so he can have exclusive content. Because he can’t have exclusive content with thisis50.com being in existence.”