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March 16, 2005

Is the Death of Hip-Hop Dead?

Sinsurr David eulogizes the eulogy. Gotta love any piece that quotes Tuff City's Aaron Fuchs.

The "Death" of Hip-Hop

Everyone loves a story. The problem is that every person’s story is its own truth, omitting and observing the facts as they see fit. Oftentimes hip-hop is forced into this literary structure, a dramatic arc from rise to fall to eventual death—and a shot at redemption. This classicist story is linear, a dialectic approach of dominant ideologies reacting to outdated modes of thought. Old school begot hip-pop begot gangsta begot native tongues begot bling-bling. It is a story of the rise, fall, and eventual death of rap music. (The story often concludes with redemption (i.e. the “underground,” where the old spirit is kept alive.) In actuality, hip-hop is a large and contradictory animal these days, and it defies such generalizations...

Posted by jsmooth995 at March 16, 2005 1:56 PM

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