Just a little addendum to the last post. It's the same problem we face with politics and everything else that matters, so much of our public discourse on hip-hop culture takes place within soundbyte-driven media where it's almost impossible to talk real talk about complex issues..
A little rant about the rhetorical okeydoke Russell Simmons keeps parroting about "the poets who speak the truth you don't want to hear." In fairness I gotta say that if you really listen to everything Russell says on the topic, he's actually offering a nuanced position, not far from what I'm saying. But this 10% of his rap is so blatantly corny I'm afraid it drowns out everything else.