Thursday, November 03, 2005

Gangsta Rap is Republican

Following hard on the (stiletto) heels of Lakshmi Chaudhry’s thesis that “Raunch is Republican,” Brian Cook of inthesetimes opines that "Gangsta Rap is Republican."

Cook cites 50 Cent's reaction to Kanye West's criticism of Dubya's handling of the New Orleans disaster:

“I think people responded to [Hurricane Katrina] the best way they can,” 50 told “What Kanye West was saying, I don’t know where that came from.” Instead, 50 said, “The New Orleans disaster was meant to happen. It was an act of God.”

Cook concludes: "Maybe Chuck D can sit 50 down on his knee, and tell him about one of the greatest MCs ever: W.E.B. DuBois."

On the upside, even if Chuck's brand of polemical, politicized rap took a direct hit from the "guns, hos and money"-fixated Republican rappers, a few vital signs persist.

On the downside, Hot 97 ( WQHT, at 97.1 FM), the most listened to hip-hop/rap station in NYC, pulled the plug on underground hip-hop artist Boots Riley of The Coup's "World Can't Wait, Drive Out the Bush Regime" promo for the 11/2 Union Square demonstration against the war in Iraq and the Bush Administration’s policies. Listen to Boots droppin' some real political science here.

Suffice to say, Boots has his critics Stateside:

Michelle Malkin of Capitalism Magazine reckons Boots should be hangin' with bin Laden:

I'm sick of America getting a bad rap from miserable "artists" like Boots Riley. He belongs in a capitalism-free cave in Tora Bora, spewing his "poetry" around an al Qaeda campfire. But I'm even sicker of Riley's cultural defenders in the elite media. Sept. 11 brought home the lesson that vile ideas have bloody consequences -- no matter how "daggone funky" they may sound to mush-headed music critics. We continue to ignore the intellectual enablers of anti-Americanism at our peril.

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