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In America, money talks so if you want to be legitimized, you give money to cultural events. OK< so Pul Mellon didn't really need to be legitimized when he gave us all the Rembrandts, but times have changed. First we get the museum of the American Indian with it's big-time funding from the casino owning tribes (think Jack Abramoff's clients). Now, we get....

....drumroll please

Hip Hop at the Smithsonian! %$#% those honkey kulture vulture types, we be keepin' it real here.

At the Smithsonian, Hip-Hop Is History
Museum Launches Collection of Genre

By David Segal
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 1, 2006; Page C01

NEW YORK, Feb. 28 -- Just another day for the Smithsonian: The place unveils a new project and some guy at the news conference recalls his days forcing women into prostitution.

"I decided I really wanted to try this pimp thing, so I went into the street and started getting me some 'hos."

The dulcet musings of Ice-T, ladies and gentlemen, gangsta-rap pioneer, "Law and Order" regular and now -- ta da -- Smithsonian donor.."

That's Ice T freestylin a rap for us there about back in the day. He used to be a bad actor; now he's a bad actor on Law and Order "Perv Squad" or whatever the heck Law and Order he's on. He's perfect for Perv Squad

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