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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....

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

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/28/AR2006022801754.html

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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Hip Hop is not the same as gangsta rap. Hip Hop is a lot of different things. Ice T and his ilk who commercialize on the gold chain pimp stuff are cashing in on America's fears of gangs. People like him are primarily actors, who sometimes sing, but with very little actual talent. They are making money on a phoney hyped up "hip hop" image. But I think true hip hop is a cultural movement which stands mostly for peace and tolerance but also for speaking your mind and speaking the truth. The hip hop dancers that I know are young kids who are very idealistic, not amoral gangster pimps. Sounds like an interesting Smithsonian exhibit. Better than dinosaur bones?
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Hip Hop is not the same as gangsta rap. Hip Hop is a lot of different things. Ice T and his ilk who commercialize on the gold chain pimp stuff are cashing in on America's fears of gangs. People like him are primarily actors, who sometimes sing, but with very little actual talent. They are making money on a phoney hyped up "hip hop" image. But I think true hip hop is a cultural movement which stands mostly for peace and tolerance but also for speaking your mind and speaking the truth. The hip hop dancers that I know are young kids who are very idealistic, not amoral gangster pimps. Sounds like an interesting Smithsonian exhibit. Better than dinosaur bones?

Lol... the hip hop movement stands for peace and tolerance??? Hip hop dancers are idealistic??? Give us a break here... and the dinosaur bones are a better exhibit.
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Give me Africa Bambaata and Grandmaster Flash any day over Ice T.


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Now, we get....

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


Well, whether you agree with the ideas expressed or not the Smithsonian is merely doing its thing, which is documenting Americana. The hip-hop phase is as much a part of America as the Spirit of St. Louis and Archie Bunker's chair and so belongs among them.

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At the risk of being gunned down in a drive by, I don't get the hip hop movement, like I don't get grafitti art (also known as vandalism).
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Well, whether you agree with the ideas expressed or not the Smithsonian is merely doing its thing, which is documenting Americana. The hip-hop phase is as much a part of America as the Spirit of St. Louis and Archie Bunker's chair and so belongs among them.

herb


You raise a good point, herb. In fact, I am on my way out the door to go see the much anticipated Dada exhibit at the national Gallery of Art, wherein we see how Marcel Duchamp hung a toilet on a wall and proclaimed it to be art. If hiphop is culture, Duchamp was right.

Andy Warhol too.
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wherein we see how Marcel Duchamp hung a toilet on a wall and proclaimed it to be art. If hiphop is culture, Duchamp was right.


I might just agree with you about the culture part. I never got the whole thing myself but apparantly enough people did and it is Americana.

As for the art thing, I never understood why Duchamp hanging a toilet is art and makes him an artist while the guy in the baggy jeans doing it is plumbing and makes him a plumber. Guess I'm just a philistine at heart.

herb
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