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Middle class English gentleman x Jay-Z

Despite all the coverage in the media and plethora of material provided during this "All hail Jay-Hova" period we are living in, you haven't seen much Jay-Z related content on here. Why would you want to? You see it everywhere else. He doesn't bring out any emotion in me so I don't feel the need if I'm honest.

However this made me angry (can't embed) to start with

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/puffbox/tagpuff/8265613.stm

I was actually going to blog a whole rant about this middle-class ignoramus, but I can't say I blame him for his opinion on Hip-hop "becoming boring" or deeming it "violent & sexist" because in many cases it is. On top of that the music promoted for the longest while has been based on the negative aspects. It was also good that, indidrectly, he gave Jay-Z space to clear up misunderstanding about the negative subject matter in order for him to bring some reality and reasoning behind the situation.

I know from how the media deal with controversial lyrics in other genres such as Reggae that they don't understand metaphores in music. How could he hear a Beatles influence on BP3? I know ol' Andy didn't take Mozart or Tchaikovsky off the Grammaphone or BBC radio 4 on the wireless to listen to this reformed hoody from a broken home in the slums of New York rap in slang; that would be offensive to his ears. Researchers need to be sacked!

I actually grew to enjoy the interview. In fact, I would like to see more rappers being asked about things out of their comfort zone of selling music. It's a shame I don't believe many would be able to handle it quite as well. I mean could you imagine Rick "Everyday I'm cuffin 'em... I mean hustlin" Ross answering a question on decriminalising drugs? He wanted to be a drug lord so bad he lied. Decriminalising would make it worse for people who idolise and want to be liars like Ross.

Am I the only one who chuckles when I see Jay-Z interviewed by people who aren't familiar with urban music? The man who once rapped Money, Cash, Hoes and frequently uses n*gga in his lyrics on a political program speaking "properly". Would have been great to see the likes of DMX on there! First Dizzee, now Jay-Z, UK Pecknarm rep Giggs up next? Jay-Z did well though.

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