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Hip-Hop: now the New York Times gets busy

Props to fachtna (and Donny) for pointing us towards this piece. Kelefa Sanneh stitches the whole story together, from Don Imus to Russell Simmons, in a level-headed fashion and makes some very salient points about how this particular hullabaloo plays …

Wed, Apr 25, 2007, 12:54

   

Props to fachtna (and Donny) for pointing us towards this piece.

Kelefa Sanneh stitches the whole story together, from Don Imus to Russell Simmons, in a level-headed fashion and makes some very salient points about how this particular hullabaloo plays out in the bigger hip-hop scheme of things.

The strangest thing about the last few weeks was the fact that hardly any current hip-hop artists were discussed. (All these years later, we’re still talking about Snoop Dogg?) Maybe that’s because hip-hop isn’t in an especially filthy mood right now. It sounds more light-hearted and clean-cut than it has in years. Hip-hop radio is full of cheerful dance tracks like Huey’s “Pop, Lock & Drop It,” Crime Mob’s “Rock Yo Hips,” Mims’s “This Is Why I’m Hot” and Swizz Beatz’s “It’s Me, Snitches.” (The title and song were censored to exclude one of the three inflammatory words — proof that this snipping business can be tricky.)