If It’s Hot, It’s Hot. No?

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I don’t want to go off too far on this tangent, but my question to Pete would be: at what point does an artist’s level of musical talent supersede any of their other social foibles? If you accept this as possible, do you feel comfortable making that tradeoff of principles? That is, artists like Pharrell or Dilla quite often spout misogynistic, socially-irresponsible lyrics, so why does their artistic talent give them a free pass on the social stuff? Or does it?

Looked at from reverse, it’s hard to find a “knowledge and respect” for music in Run-DMC’s work, they were just straight spittin some hot shit, but they’re icons and some of the best emcees ever. The same is true of many artists from that era.

My point is, isn’t there a space in the pantheons of hip-hop respectability for artists that are just having fun, spitting that hot shit, and whatever sounds cool? I enjoy artists like Madlib or Dilla who are virtuosos and crate diggers, but isn’t there a place for just clownin’ shit, where we don’t ask the artist to take some pop-quiz on 1970’s soul record labels, or how many whiskers were on Curtis Mayfield’s goatee? (answer: 439).

So when Polow Da Don freaks Switch’s “I Call Your Name” on “Throw Some D’s” does he also have to show that he knows the lyrics to every other song they’ve recorded? If it’s hot it’s hot, no?

I really don’t mean to come off as confrontational, I’m purposely trying to be provocative here. Let me know what you think.

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