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[ad]Okay. Here are some hard facts: most rappers are black. Most black people voted Obama. Most black people recognize more clearly with Democratic than Republican values – the history attached to them is less gnarly.

Rap, as a movement, originated in the inner city hoods where, well, murder, etc. were part and parcel of daily life. Add to the fact that rappers have conventionally rattled off their “pimpin” potenial, and how they dealt drugs, and you have a class of people who aren’t very mainstream.

In other words, rappers, and rap in turn, cannot be coservative by nature.

But as rap has gained legitimacy and become (one of) the most popular music genres today, it has been embraced by everyone across the board: young white college kids, middle aged black mid-level managers, your octogenererian grandpa, and even conservative preachers.

So you have rhymes about God and Jesus, purity rings, chastity, etcetra, by conservatives – none of which, fortunately, has escaped to the mainstream (but its only a matter of time).

But I ask you, readers, does this dilute rap? Does this take away from rap’s underground credentials. Its a fact of life that whatever is underground will soon escape to the mainstream. But rap, as a musical movement, is so closely related to the nature of life in the hoods that conservative rhymes about suburban homes take so much away from its essence.

Agreed? Or Disagreed?


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