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Rappers Quibble, Info Wins

May 14, 2010

Which, I guess, is something that happens on a fairly regularly basis. Most recently, Jay Electronica and Kay Slay got into it about some North-vs.-South nonsense. To be honest, I’m not even sure what Jay and Slay said about each other–like, who cares? But I read Info’s post about it cuz, in case nobody’s told you, she’s GOAT status. As always, she provides a concise, level-head, and insightful commentary:

Note: this is a conversation that happens in every group of hip hop fans, it’s joked about in private at every record label, grumbled about at every radio mixers meeting, and divides the know-it-all’s in every blog comment section. But the most common misconception is that the debate is about North and South. Those words are just catch-alls. Like the way “urban” was/is. But when painting with too wide a brush there is misdirected splatter. Do you think RZA was talking about Andre 3000? Or was he thinking about Dem Franchise Boyz? Does Jay Electronica think all New York hip hop fans don’t respect T.I. or Bun B? Does Kay Slay like every Southern song that’s hot in the clubs? Probably not. When someone makes a generalization, I save myself the stress by taking it with a grain of salt.

She goes on to write:

Note: Clearly, there is mutual respect all around here. So this will probably get smoothed over by saying it was really just a  “vocabulary rap” vs. “traptivity rap” debate. But you know I’ve always been against that debate too. High art, low art, alternative, mass, mental, physical, backpack, club….the generalizations obscure the basic question: is it good at what it’s supposed to do?

I repeat: ‘But you know I’ve always been against that debate too. High art, low art, alternative, mass, mental, physical, backpack, club….the generalizations obscure the basic question: is it good at what it’s supposed to do?’

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