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  •  Oh I don't discount it at all. (0+ / 0-)

    I accept I'm a bit of a curmudgeon in that regard.

    “Birds…scream at the top of their lungs in horrified hellish rage every morning at daybreak to warn us all of the truth. They know the truth. Screaming bloody murder all over the world in our ears, but sadly we don’t speak bird.” Kurt Cobain

    by RadicalParrot on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 08:07:13 PM PDT

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    •  When u get a chance (3+ / 0-)

      Go listen and read the lyrics to

      Changes by 2pac

      Fight the power by public enemy

      Self destruction by KRS One

      Why by common

      The corner by common

      The Message by Grand Master flash

      Check out guys like NAS, talib Kweli

      Don't tell me you have never bopped your head to Rappers Delight by the Sugar Hill Gang.

    •  Have you ever actually (0+ / 0-)

      tried to understand hip-hop? Not commercial hip-hop which makes millions on suburban white kids who think playing it loud in their cars gives them "street cred"...

      Real hip-hop... the music and the culture that came out of the 'hood and gave a voice to the voiceless... the socially conscious music airing grievances with the ills of society... both within and without the 'hood...the hip-hop that has it's roots in Gil Scott Heron's Johannesburg and The Temptations Ball of Confusion and Marvin Gaye's What's Goin' On... rather than Pat Boone's stealing music from Little Richard and the skewed portrays of minstrel shows...

      Your and others' comments say to me you haven't... and while that is your prerogative... it is more than a little sad...

      Fear doesn't just breed incomprehension. It also breeds a spiteful, resentful hate of anyone and everyone who is in any way different from you.

      by awesumtenor on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 11:03:18 AM PDT

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