Stuck on the Realness

by Leonard Pierce

What matters is not the enclosure of the work within a harmonious figure, but the centrifugal force produced by it — a plurality of language as a guarantee of a truth that is not merely partial.”  (Italo Calvino)

Hip-hop is dead.  So say half the Internet heads who think the radio don’t play the shit they used to love.  You’re the one who’s dead, say the other half, who are dedicated to convincing the haters that they’ve found today’s realness.  What do they have in common?  They’re all badge-sporting, truncheon-wielding members of the Credibility Cops.

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