Members of the Internet community, including The Roots' drummer ?uestlove, came to the defense of classic hip-hop and remonstrated an NPR intern with nearly 81 comments last week over a music review he wrote.
Austin Cooper found quickly that the famous fans of Public Enemy’s 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back rushed to defend its status as a singular musical work after Cooper wrote in a review that he’d keep the album on a “metaphorical shelf.”
Cooper’s review was written as part of NPR’s “You Haven’t Heard?...” series, in which the organization’s “unimaginably young” music interns review classic albums with fresh ears.
Cooper writes in his review that he’s no expert within the hip-hop genre. He explains his less-than-affectionate feelings for Public Enemy’s album, drawing comparisons about the album’s style with the musical choices made by artists he enjoys.
Many of the commenters attacked Cooper’s personal hip-hop and rap selections, such as today’s popular music artist Drake. While Cooper argues in his piece that Drake’s music is “viscerally pleasing,” commenters bashed Drake’s style.
One of the most popular comments was written by ?uestlove, who chastised Cooper for not taking advantage of his generation’s “advantages in technology” by looking up greater context on the album.
However, another commenter, “Charlie Kaplan” wrote that he also had written a “You Haven’t Heard … !” piece as an NPR intern and that the segment’s bosses explicitly asks interns not to read any existing literature on the albums they review.
“That’s the single most important – and for my money, the best – element of this feature: it forces the NPR interns to react to a piece of art without being influenced by prevailing opinion,” he writes.
Many commenters debated the merits of NPR’s intern project, too.
Read the full review here, and let us know whether Cooper deserved the virtual tongue-lashings or if raw perspectives should be welcome to the cyberspace.
Penn Staters For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow
Georgetown University's CREEP
Georgetown University graduate student Robert Lucas set up <a href="https://www.propublica.org/documents/item/333071-creep-letter.html" target="_hplink">CREEP</a>, which is a reference to the Nixon/Watergate-era Committee to Re-Elect the President. <em>Roll Call</em> <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_131/Using-Super-PACs-to-Get-Rid-of-Super-PACs-214305-1.html?pos=opolh" target="_hplink">reports</a> Lucas has no plans to back a candidate or party, and has a goal of "raising voices, not dollars."
Utes Super PAC
University of Utah student Joshua Mines is not yet old enough to vote in a presidential election, but <a href="http://query.nictusa.com/pdf/135/12030800135/12030800135.pdf#navpanes=0" target="_hplink">he launched a super PAC</a>.
San Diegans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow
Established by Tyler Michael Bobik, a University of California-San Diego student.
Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Yesterday
Created by Stefani Jones, a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stefani-jones" target="_hplink">HuffPost blogger</a> and Duke University student.
Cats For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow
View the super PAC's <a href="http://catsforabettertomorrowtomorrow.com/" target="_hplink">Tumblr here</a> and track the group on <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/detail.php?cmte=C00519876&cycle=2012" target="_hplink">OpenSecrets.org.</a>
Stephen Colbert's Super PAC Super Fun Pack
<strong>The following images feature items included in the Super PAC Super Fun Pack, via the websites of the various super PACs.</strong>