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08.26.02 01:00 PM

hip-hop's pervasiveness

Something like this had to happen sooner or later. Question is, is it a good or bad thing?

Lynette Hollaway, "Rhymers Taking Hip-Hop to Children's Bookshelves," The New York Times
There was a time when some popular hip-hop artists rhymed about settling scores with a Glock.

But now that the music has gone mainstream, LL Cool J, the man behind the 1990 hit single "Mama Said Knock You Out," and Doug E. Fresh, otherwise known as the human beat box, are hard at work at a different kind of rhyming. They are writing children's books...

...It remains to be seen whether the series will help children learn to read. The authors use slang and take license with the language in ways that may be difficult for children to comprehend.

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