Tuesday 9 January 2007

Craft as well as confrontation

The world of gangsta rap seems highly sensationalist and tied to fashions of language and issues. A review of a retrospective anthology of Californian rap band N.W.A places the genre in a historical perspective. A review in the Los Angeles Times claims that there are qualities in their 1989 releases that outlive their relevance to the street. The quality they refer to is c___t:
we can more easily look past the controversy over the collection to see the extraordinary craft involved in the group's best recordings.
Now that nearly two decades have passed since "Compton," it's much easier to marvel at the solid craftsmanship involved in N.W.A's work
Craft as well as confrontation - BACKTRACKING - Los Angeles Times

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