I've got a whole city to hold down

May 28, 2004

Finally, somebody who gets it

Chicagomuzikblog vets remember Clarence Page condescending to us about his condescending column on the evil that is hip hop.

In contrast, wouldn't an opinionated writer who appreciates the gravity of conscious rap be a breath of fresh air? Indeed.

An excerpt, from Crispin Sartwell's 4/10 Creators Syndicate column "Politics, Leadership, Hip Hop": "If you want to know where tomorrow's leaders are coming from and how they think, if you want to know who's out here forming the political consciousness on our streets and in our schools, you had better face the music."

And there's more where that came from: "All that's really left of American public discourse occurs at the fringes," Sartwell wrote in a previous piece titled "Hip Hop Drops the 411"; "graffiti, independent films, blogs. And that's why I've replaced CNN with underground hip hop."