ALL EYEZ ON US

IT'S TIME FOR THE HIP-HOP GENERATION TO GET REAL

Is the hip-hop generation all about violence and degradation? are we collectively doomed to go the way of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls? I hope not, because I'm a member of that generation. In the weeks to come, as we try to make sense of the death of two of the youngest, richest, best-known black men in America, we'll probably succumb to a natural temptation to divide the "good kids" from the "hip-hop kids." I'm not buying it. I grew up listening to hip-hop. In elementary school I tuned my radio to the techno-influenced chant Planet Rock and innocent party jams...

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