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Run-DMC: Fresh Rap Realism

Richard Grabel, Musician, August 1984

RAP CONTINUES to have plenty to say, and with good reason. The unemployment, underemployment and general hardship that afflict ghetto kids aren't ending under the reign of Reaganomics. The question is how to say what needs to be said in a way that sounds fresh — a current rap buzzword, the ingredient everyone is looking for.

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