The tendency for hip-hop enthusiasts to measure the genre against an imaginary golden age evidences a curious brand of nostalgia: a mixture of homesickness, loss, and longing that coheres in the angst of a generation. Meanwhile rappers and politicians blame each other for the demise of disadvantaged communities, as they overlook how each discourse harkens back to a time of prosperity that never existed.
Michael Ralph; Hip-Hop. Social Text 1 September 2009; 27 (3 (100)): 141–146. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01642472-2009-025
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