Rap Music Apologetics: A Case for the Michael Boltons of this World

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Blake Pynnonen is a writer, student, and educator, living and working in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He writes for GRE Question of the Day . He has previously taught English in Korea, where, on the plane ride over, he started learning the language.


  1. Great piece on rap music, thanks so much for writing this.

    I’d argue that as the industry becomes much more stratified and complicated, some hip-hop and rap has achieved classic status and thus lost a lot of its subversive power. I think about artists like Common, who built a career out of subversive and anti-authoritarian kinds of material. Now, he’s more a relic of people who fetishize “true hip hop” and tend to be middle-class. Not to say he isn’t amazing (and I could draw the rap/hip-hop distinction but it seems unnecessary) but that he’s simply fallen in with an old guard. In that void, newer rap has come about to represent that subversion. Just a thought.

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