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1520 Sedgwick Avenue: October 16th, 2008 Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Posted by Andy Hutchins in 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Rockabye.
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It’s Blog Action Day. I post this for you to think.

Tupac Shakur left us too soon.

The greater issue, though, is how hip-hop is born and reflective of the crippling effects of poverty in America; no other form of music right now is as shaped by the struggles of the lower-class than hip-hop, and it’s become the musical lingua franca of the lower strata of society the world over, from Oakland to the Old World. There are rappers out there who cater to the hipsters, the upper-middle-class genre tourists who just like how it sounds, who get a vicarious thrill from a Ghostface rhyme about slinging yay. But we’ve never, as a nation or a country, figured out how to listen to those concerns as more than lyrics and understand that these aren’t stories of success, but of strife and its consequences.

I could deal with a little less gutter music if it meant fewer people were in the gutter.

Stop. Think. Help.

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