Today In Hip-Hop: RIP Pimp C (12/29/1973 – 12/4/2007)

Robert Johnson meeting the devil at the crossroads, selling his soul so he could master blues guitar. Keith Richards sneering at a 1967 jury and saying, “We are not old men, we are not worried about petty morals.” Nas watching a flick, illin’ and rooting for the villain. The iconography of the anti-hero has long held a prime spot in the history of American music. Gangsta rap has, of course, exploited this phenomenon more thoroughly than any other musical genre. And no gangsta rapper ever has quite realized the anti-hero iconography ...

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