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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Crack Rocks = Hip Hop Classics???

So, I was just thinking about hip hop classics a la Ready to Die, Illmatic, Reasonable Doubt, Cuban Linx and something just occured to me. Almost every hip hop classic (barring Tribe/De La classics) has some references to slingin' crack, blow, coke or heroine. I'm not going to go into the history of rap and its allusions to the dope game because I don't have the time to scan the lyrics of all the hip hop/rap albums in the world. I mean this isn't some shit I'm pullin out my ass though (pause). But what the fuck is so fascinating about some two bit numb nuts selling a rock to a cock smokin fiend. It's so fascinating that rappers have been dwelling on it for about 2 and half decades (if not longer). I know some of these rappers were on the fiend end instead of the dealer side which is probably why their descriptions are so detailed but that's another blog but why is it as a collective, we still get excited as shit when someone rattles off a couple of similes about flipping birds, keys, cakes or pies??? I mean maybe I'm wrong. It's just a fleeting thought. What y'all think?

1 comment:

Brian said...

You know "cocaine rap" is what the street cats love to hear. A lot of it is fantasy, but at the end of the day its a guilty pleasure. I may not be able to hug a block, nor want to, but I love the vivid street tales just like a game of Grand Theft Auto. Sometimes you want to cheer for the bad guy as far as rhymes, but in real life. Your ass is going to jail...