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Re: “Go Less Dumb

Hello, Eric K. Arnold im Jasmine from Oakland California i am 15 years old and i saw your article about this hyphy movement and I thought that i should write a comment in response to the article. I think that the hypy movement it just a dance but it may tend to get out of hand sometimes. The dance is a cultural dance that people in the bay dance to but it is not a "culture of death dance". People in oakland dance this way because it is a way to have fun.Im not saying that the dance does not result to death when sometimes it does. When you talk about culture of death that exist in America today...people symbolize the death of their loved ones though music because it is a way of showing that the person that they are talking about who died is remembered (to show respect/love). E40,Mistah F.A.B,keak da sneak,EA-Ski,Too $hort Etc. They do talk about drugs,violence,"Going Dumb",Thizzing but the reality is that some people do do those things when they are dancing to the music that is put out. I simply agree with Sheerly Avni when she said,"Rap music might be a reflection of the reality for todays youth". How can muhammad say that the music has made it worse but there has been violence,drugs,High unemployment,High poverty,liquor stores on every corner,standard education,drugs readily available, and guns easily accessible for many years now.Then he turns around and says,"That the music did not create the situation" his words are a paradox.Please...!He better address it with the hypy movement artist. They are changing things but the world does not stay the same so muhammad better get over it.

Posted by Anonymous on 02/22/2007 at 2:07 PM

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