He could have made it right with the book. But he hasn’t. He is a revisionist of history. He has lied.
Why shouldn’t rap be esoteric, able to take in current events, history and criticism? I guess it’s this old idea of containment – that rappers, because they’re black, can’t and shouldn’t aspire to look outside the ghetto for influence.
The new rage is to say that the government is the cause of all our problems, and if only we had no government, we’d have no problems. I can tell you, that contradicts evidence, history, and common sense.
If history and science have taught us anything, it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth.
History warns us that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.