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January 09, 2005



Thank you for this Jason.
Great write-up and insight on this ongoing debate(??). I love the anology and everything.

I like your thought here:
"Maybe we old heads are like old addicts always chasing that first high knowing it's not out there but unable to give up the dream. We can always find $20 on the hype hoping it's going to be the one. Forever hoping that that next record is going to blow our minds like Public Enemy or Poor Righteous Teachers or Ice Cube or BDP."

I'm not going to lie, I'm like an old head and I want a record to knock me on my ass like Public Enemy's It Takes A Nation of Millions or Cannibal Ox's Cold Vein or DJ Shadow's The Entroducing.

But I feel Gregg Tate's pain. Hip-hop is not what it used to be -- at least for him.

For me, I still see and hear brillance in our music and culture. I will always love hip-hop, I'm just tired of defending it.

I'll try to formulate some sort of cognitive statement on my own blog. I have mixed feelings about Gregg Tate's article.

But reading your viewpoints has help me maintain some faith that hip-hop is not dead . . . it's just in another spirit.

Thanks Jason.

Good work, as usual.

I can't keep up with you guys (EJ, Hashim, Jay Smooth, Lynne, the whole blogsphere)



For me, I'm always hoping for 93 Til Infinity or Bizarre Ride II Tha Pharcyde or Ice Cube's Amerikka's Most Wanted or The Predator. I know nobody is going to hit me like those records did but I hold out hope.

I was in expectation for some brilliant work out of New York in a post 9/11 world the way that the LA Riots provided fodder for Cube or the way New York's Reagan Years motivated Chuck D but it just didn't come.

So we settle for weak rhyme slinging and solid production from Kanye West and the adept spitting of Jay-Z who we know could lace us with so much more but just doesn't.

It's not that old high but it's enough to blast us off for the day.

And have I killed the drug metaphor yet?


I read The Corner some years ago, and immediately thought of Alex Kotlowitz's There Are No Children Here. I grew up in a neighborhood much like that of described in both books, and had to stay firmly focused to leave.

Both books talk about despair, hopelessness and the cyclical nature of poverty. It's distressing that many non-whites have fanciful notions that 'race' is becoming a non-issue. Simon and Burns seem to imply that it remains the defining lightning rod in our society.

Your blog is an interesting read. You're irreverent and obviously well-rounded, I like your perspective.

I'm curious: what do you think of The Wire and how it's fared at the Emmys? I think the show is incredible, one of the best-written dramas on television. The Times and other critics have agreed. But it's been snubbed by the ATAS, probably because there are so many black faces. I read your bio, and see you are in the business, too. I'm a producer and writer in NYC, news and entertainment.

Check out my blog, Brotha2Brotha.

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