Rapper 50 Cent also sued World Star Hip Hop in 2009 for using his image on their site without his permission.
World Star’s no-frills home page is a succinct look at its ethos.
At the top is a single-row box marked TRENDING NOW; on Tuesday, this included clips about Emmett Till’s accuser, Big Sean’s philanthropy, and one titled “Dad Beats Up Kid For Asking His 9-Year-Old Daughter To Twerk!
(His business partner was DJ Whoo Kid, made famous by his work on dozens of mixtapes with 50 Cent and G-Unit.) His first stab at making World Star stick saw the site focus on mixtape downloads, in the vein of Dat Piff or Live Mixtapes.
But when he rebooted the site with a focus on video streaming, Q struck gold; the streaming explosion brought on by smartphones lined up to make him one of the new digital economy’s pioneers.
2, 2012, the five-minute clip was, for many outside of Chicago (and many who were in Chicago, but over the age of 18), the introduction to Chief Keef, who would become a national star within the year.
Drill music became a point of mainstream curiosity, and then morphed into one of hip-hop's dominant styles, but few were covering it before World Star had the hard evidence of just how excited Keef made Windy City teenagers.
Bill O'Reilly attacked World Star Hip Hop and its president after watching a video of a kid talking about his plans to kill then-president George W. O'Reilly said, "I believe the Secret Service should arrest the parents of this kid and the purveyor of the website (Q)", calling it a "crime" that this was allowed up after the video was banned on other sites. WSHH names the video "Disgraceful: College Fight In NYC Breaks Out Between A Guy, His Girl & Another Girl In Class! Hitting Her With Body Shots)." Shortly after the video was posted Scott was given copyright to the video by Mr. He filed for a takedown notice so that WSHH would take down the video.
a video surfaced of a fight between a man (Scott) and his current and former girlfriend. He explained that WS did not have his permission to put up the video of the fight.
The site's popularity has created a sort of voyeuristic feedback loop, in which disassociated bystanders immediately videotape violent incidents and act as if they're already watching a video on the Internet." David Zurawik of The Baltimore Sun said that "Now in its sixth year, World Star is seen by many critics as yet another example of the coarsening of American culture and life—another low on a downward continuum that extends from the Jerry Springer-style trash-talk shows of the 1980s and 1990s through to the and Radar Online websites of today." Some media observers argued that, in the words of Zurawik, "because of its African-American identity, it has the potential to be used by some viewers to create or fuel stereotypes of urban America as an out-of-control, chaotic space dominated by young, violent, African-American men." Nsenga Burton, the editor at large of The Root and an associate professor at Goucher College, described the site as "basically shock video.
They comb the pop cultural landscape for videos that are shocking on multiple levels and feed into peoples' voyeuristic tendencies." One 2012 video, showing an Elyria, Ohio (Greater Cleveland) woman, Tashay D. Edwards became so well known that it trended on Twitter along with the name "World Star Hip Hop".
Though it was often dismissed as a repository for lowest-common-denominator entertainment (including fights where people got seriously injured, or where the participants were children), the aggregation site became a hub for a generation of kids in and around hip-hop culture.