Capitol G 5pts I'm so glad I found this website. I'm from the "Golden Age of Hip HIP" and I agree with the ideas expressed about the "new age" rappers obsession with "all things bling." Originally, MCs were merely hype men for the DJs (the DJs were the important ones) who spun and promoted records of the artist they liked, or were paid by their labels (see: "payola" ref. omitted) to get their artist some buzz and shine. Rapping is just one componet of hip hop culture and in order to be recognized as a true "culture" there has to be other componets (i.e. a language, art, dress, code of conduct, etc.) Rappin evolved into a method of communication whereas, the youth could address the ills and injustice of the ghetto world in which they lived and the poor and disinfranchised people could voice their opinions and build consensus about the common problems that exist in every ghetto nationwide. It was empowering to hear Chuck D yell, "FIGHT THE POWER," and it scared the hell out of whitey when he came to the realization that on any given day, at any given moment, one million Black men could assemble in any city in the United States, peacefully, with the single minded ambition to forward the Black nationalist agenda and also, each man would have at least $1.00 in his pocket, proving their economic power as well. Rap has since devolved into some type of dumbed down clown show where materialism and self hatred seem to be the over arching themes that drive "nursery rhyme" rappers to perpetuate a slave mentality that will ultimately distroy the nucleus of the Black Amerikkan family it's self. Wall Street has stolen another of the Black man's original creations (HIp Hop culture) the other one(s) that come to mind are rock and roll and jazz.