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March 29, 2004

Rhyme 'n' registration

Piggybacking somewhat on our Clarence Page discussion, a survey of reaction to Saturday's Chicago Hip-Hop Summit at the UIC Pavilion:

The Daily Herald's Mark Guarino says "the summit centered on a panel of artists and executives including Simmons, Ludacris, Damon Dash, Kanye West, Common, Twista and others, taking questions from the audience ranging from the importance of getting involved in the political process to the cultural damage created by negative images in hip-hop videos."

In the Sun-Times, David Jakubiak reports that "not all of the people at the summit believed it was constructive. B-Leaver and Talib Mustafa, both local hip-hop heads, were both disappointed with the event. 'I feel this was nothing more than a publicity stunt. I don't feel they addressed the issues. They didn't tell people who to vote for, they didn't tell people why they need to vote,' said B-Leaver. ... Ludacris claimed the goal of the event was not to tell people who to vote for ... [b]ut Mustafa was frustrated that some of the rappers on the panel were the artists who promote 'negative' images of the black community."

Update: From the Trib, here's Matthew Lurie's take.