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Spin: “The Death and Resurrection Of Conscious Rap, Pt. 2.”

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The second part (here’s part one) focuses on conscious rap going kinda corporate, Lauryn Hill and to a lesser extent Dave Chappelle’s “failures,” Outkast and the Southern rap explosion, why Little Brother are slept-on anti-industry innovators, and why everything interesting in rap right now is because of Kanye West.

Lauryn Hill’s superstar rise certainly made all the hip-hop doomsday predictions look pretty silly, but her fame was also a reminder that conscious rap hitting the charts was problematic. Even before The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill arrived, the industry was pulling Hill in many directions. “To Zion,” a celebration of her first son, chronicles the industry types and friends who advised her to abort her child for the sake of her career. With the album’s release and the success of “Doo Wop (That Thing),” Hill was expected to generate lots of money and become some sort of voice of the people — and that’s pretty horrifying…

Written by Brandon

June 3rd, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Posted in Spin, Spin column

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