May 24, 09
Read in March, 2009
The chapter I'm in the middle of is Tupac's "good reads" page. Dyson is pretty much listing all the books Tupac loved, and its impressive. I'm less impressed when Dyson glorifies Tupac, but his arguments about how putting down Tupac for his violence, mysoginy, and self-destruction are disingenuous at best and probably racist, are great. We have never expected our poets or novelists to be great people (and they haven't been), so why do we expect more from our rappers. And it is far beyond time for the literate among us to admit the linguistic genius in so much hip hop.