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I'm on record as thinking Kanye is--lyrically and vocally--a really unimaginative MC. I realize that MCing isn't very important to a lot of people who listen to hip-hop. But it is to me. (I'm still mad at Primo for lacing Group Home.) It's hard for me to listen to a mediocre rapper. It's especially hard for me to listen to a mediocre rapper going on about how white women give better head. 

My own feelings aside, I don't know how I could play that around any of my white female friends, while actually adhering to my own definition of "friend." Perhaps there's something deeper here that I'm missing. I'd love to hear it.

Hip-hop has always drawn on the energy of post-adolescent masculinity. That's fine. But we need to be clear that we are now talking about men well into their 30s, speaking like 14-year-old boys. Maybe that's as it should be. Maybe Kanye is speaking to his audience. I've clearly missed a few memos.
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