[JPL] another musical style in trouble?
Bobby.Jackson at ideastream.org
Mon Mar 5 16:43:41 EST 2007
This is a fabulous film! Did you see it?
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Beyond Beats & Rhymes
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background. As he discovered how stereotypical rap videos had become, Hurt,
a former college quarterback turned activist, decided to make a film about
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According to an AP article in today's Seattle Times, "rap music is
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has titled his latest album "Hip-Hop is Dead" and although music sales
are down overall, rap sales slid 21% from 2005 to 2006.
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