Yes the sign is corrent, the Hip Hop Ave forums are now closed.
Four years ago we were a bunch of high school kids who started a forum about hip hop because we had some spare time on our hands. Nobody saw the first rap battle coming but it was fun, surprisingly good and ended up defining the forum.
What started as mostly our friends using the boards to hang out turned into a serious rap battle forum with some really chill new members. Just about everyone we met ended up being good friends and we had a blast.
In recent years the quality of hip hop has started to slide and some of our old friends agreed that the quality of new comers interested in hip hop was also on the decline. There was still the odd gem who was talented and made a good addition to the community but the vast majority of newbies all across different rap boards were either 13 or typed like they were.
Slowly, running the forums became less and less fun and the admins became noticabley absent. In short, this stopped being fun. There were fewer and fewer people who I enjoyed talking too and even fewer who could hold up a decent conversation.
So why close our doors now?
A few days ago we started getting some serious errors on the boards and I kicked into regular repair mode. After spending some time working it out I got even worse errors and we got a serious crash. It was actually going OK until I made the mistake of getting our hosting "professionals" to help and they crashed the boards.
At this point I decided that as the only original admin left, it's a good time to cut the cord. The forums were a great expereince and this site was a huge stepping stone for me--it got me started in internet marketing and for that it's invaluable. The buy hip hop beats page and this one will stay up.
Huge thank yous to everyone who contributed over the four year history. Amsid, KING, 21, Duty, Crazco and many more. This shut down would have happened a long time ago without the mod team so big thanks to them.
If anyone wants to get in touch, send me an email: hiphopave.net[at]gmail[dot]com
Update: There are plenty of skepticism and copyright infringement going strong at http://hiphopave.co.uk/forums/