Can Hip-Hop Be Saved?

K-OS says rap music is in danger of becoming routine, pedestrian, and, worst of all, boring. “Familiarity makes people feel secure, and that’s why you get the same kind of music over and over,” the rapper told the Boston Globe, whose stunning new album, ‘Exit,’ challenges rap’s current bang-bang, bling-bling status quo. “That’s the problem, and you have to delete the whole mentality where people feel they need to project a certain persona to feel secure. I say, why have any kind of persona? What would it mean not to have any kind of pose or to not tap into what’s familiar? Why not go into a new category and not be afraid of whether or not black people will like you, or if you get played on MTV or Hot 97?”

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