04/29/2014 04:58 pm ET

Mo' Money, Mo' Problems: How Hip-Hop Failed Black America, Part II

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What do people think of when they think about hip-hop? I don’t mean the technique of the music so much as its meaning. Technique is a limited part of any art form, really: how well Rapper X raps is important but not central. How devious or wonderful Producer X’s beats are can get you on your feet more quickly, but hip-hop isn’t an abstract sonic art form.

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