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The untouched glee of a sincere fist-pump (0:17); a pubescent voice-crack reminds us he is small for a chiseler (0:29); the zealous purity of his kid-sized equations for spiritual conversion (0:36); "I want some religious ceremony cash!" (0:46); making it rain, shaking alive wrapped presents (0:50); a daring, transgressive leap over the limbo pole (1:30); that swagger (2:07): yes, Bobb'e J is not only the best rapper alive, he is the future of everything.


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Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. More

Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Bookforum, Slate, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe Ideas section and The Wire (for whom he writes a bi-monthly column). He is on the editorial board for the New Literary History of America.
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