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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Do you still love H.E.R.?

Anyone who shares the sentiments of Common's classic "I Used to Love H.E.R." will appreciate this piece from Dustin J. Seibert. I've often fretted over my love-hate relationship with undeniably addictive hip-hop beats and their often unapologetically ridiculous lyrics. I know you've heard it all before, but Seibert is refreshingly eloquent and real here.

(Apologies for the jacked-up cut-and-paste job. Here's the link to the full article, courtesy

I wish things could be like they were around 1996 when Nas, Biggie, OutKast, Jigga, Wu-Tang, The Pharcyde and Mobb Deep made me realize I wanted to spend the rest of my natural life with you. You were having your renaissance then; I introduced you to my family and friends, and I never kept you far from earshot.

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But then you got way too big for your baggy britches. Just over a decade ago, they lured you with money into a vapid, formulaic lifestyle, and you bit. You went from gritty rooftop videos in the boroughs to shiny suits and fishbowl cams. Puffy and the Louisianians whispered sweet nothings into your ear, greased your palms, and suddenly what I had to say wasn't as important. It was like I couldn't afford you anymore.

And it's gotten progressively worse. The profligacy that the major record labels provided you made you stop picking up the phone when I call; it clouded your judgment and made you put those of us who truly love you on the backburner.

Who are these new cats you're hanging out with? Young Jeezy? OJ Da Juiceman? Gucci Mane? Honestly...aren't you a little old to be spending time with kids? You know I can't stand them, yet you bring them to our home at all hours of the night, laughing, smoking and scuffing up my floors. Dudes like them used to grasp at your ankles for relevance, but now they're big time. What part of the game is that?

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