Of Rappers and Radio Blowhards: Common Ground

Today, the New York Times asks: what's the difference between rappers and talk radio? David Segal—who admits being a huge fan of "gangsta rap"—compares Lil' Wayne to Michael Savage, Ludacris to Glenn Beck, and Jay-Z to Limbaugh.

David Segal, it's wonderful that other nillas at the Times besides Sia Michel and Jon Pareles and Jon Caramanica listen to Jay-Z, and for the most part, you're kind of right, but please, next time you do this, note the following five suggestions. I'm only trying to help:

1. I haven't heard it called "Gangsta Rap" since Tupac and Biggie were still alive. I doubt anyone mentioned has either. Please, unless you're being cute, keep all suffixed consonants intact, for the sake of your fellow white guys.

2. Ian Spiegelman's had better beefs than 50 Cent vs. Ja Rule, which is to say nothing of other rappers. Also, these guys are about as "gangsta" as Clark Hoyt, if that.

3. Rush Limbaugh peppers his show with self-adulating incantations that would seem right at home on a Snoop Dogg track, calling himself "Chief Waga-Waga El Rushbo of the El Conservo Tribe," "doctor of democracy," and "a weapon of mass instruction." Well...okay. You get that one. I'm pretty sure Snoop actually has called himself Chief Waga-Waga El Rushbo, and has possibly been ordained as such by an obscure, cannibus-harvesting tribe.

4. You only lent a paragraph to this assclown, this DJ Clayvis character, a conservative talk show host who's also a rapper who I think might secretly be Sage Francis. There's an entire story waiting to be done on him.

5. The difference between these guys? Ludarcis recorded "Southern Hospitality" and gives away cars. Glenn Beck recorded this and gave us The 9/12 Project.

Finally, you failed to bring the viral wonderfulness that is the internet into the equation. Let me assist: the remix culture where beats, music, and the untended moments of a broadcaster meet in the middle.