(courtesy of Mr. Whippy who posted it at MediaSquatters sans links)
I'm not being accusatory here, but it always saddens me how quick supposedly intelligent liberals are to make patronising and dismissive generalisations about hiphop. As you say, the dominant musical idiom of the last 20 years. What happened to youth fashion cults? There used to be a pronounced sea-change every ten years, from rockers, to hippies, to punks, to, sigh, goths and new romantics. Now there are simply variations on old themes. My theory is that its just too scary to stand out these days.
"And our ship left dock With Herbie Hancock"
The Last Poets