Dear Rappers: Please Stop Writing Corny Songs About Technology

March 30, 2015 12:39 PM

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Dear Rappers: Please Stop Writing Corny Songs About Technology

In 1979, when the Sugarhill Gang’s Big Bank Hank bragged, in the iconic hip-hop song “Rapper’s Delight,” that he had “a color TV, so I can see / the Knicks play basketball,” it was the start of a 35-year love affair between rappers and technology.

Ever since, hip-hop artists have periodically dipped into the lexicon of gadget blogs to write their lyrics. Rapping about the latest technology on the market is a smart move commercially; it indicates that you can afford these things, and that, presumably, you know how to use them. It’s a signifier...

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