Hip Hop Disconnect 

Hip-hop may be the universal language, but its artists need to find something to say

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Unique among art forms, hip-hop insists that for a story to matter, it must change us in some tangible and concrete way. Indicative of this attitude are the words Sole wrote to me in an e-mail, "[Anticon] will be making songs about all of these things [i.e., 9/11, the War on Terrorism, resistance], but being political is tacky, we speak our truths on the things that affect our lives, which now is politics, and a war on American minds." But as far as I'm concerned, hip-hop better speak up quick, and it better have something to say. Otherwise, I might have to swap my record collection for a ticket to Laos, where the true heads are.

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