The narrative that is found in hip hop is something that I think all proletarians can appreciate and find resonance with, even if the image of the street hustler or an up and coming gangsta is far from your present reality. The idea that one can only beat the material conditions that are imposed upon our lives by taking risks, breaking the law, through the action of close and trusted friends (thus making the police, feds, and snitches #1 enemies), and not hesitating to use violence to achieve such ends, is a fine narrative indeed. Sure the substance is problematic: black market capitalism, prole on prole violence, the rampant sexism in most hip hop - but there's still so much there that is worthwhile. It's problematic to smooth over the rough edges, kind of like when I skip the first verse of DMX's "Where the Hood At?," ..."got no love for homo thugs...," but still in my opinion hip hop is the most class conscious form of music, because there is a constant reminder of the rappers relationship to the commodity; their position in class society.
I was planning to write up a huge review of all the hip hop albums I was listening to, and putting forward my idea that overtly political hip hop is pretty bad and general just like thug shit hip hop is way better, but then I got drunk and fuck it.
Stuff to download: Young Jeezy (The Recession), Maino (If Tomorrow Comes), Thug Life (Thug Life aka 2pac and The Outlawz), Slim Thug (Mix Tape), K'Naan (Troubador).
Don't waster your time on: Dead Prez (Mix Tape #3). Seriously.
Hip hop adds to my self-valorization, which is always a plus.