Obama and Hip-hop: Better than “Beef”?

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For a long time, hip hop debates have tended toward the tawdry and tabloidesque–i.e., Is Kanye Gay?; Is Alicia Keys creepin' with Swizz Beats?; Joe Budden vs. Saigon, T.I. vs. Mysonne, Charli Baltimore vs. Lil' Kim, Lil Kim vs. Faith Evans, 50 Cent vs Everybody; Is LL Cool J Gay?; Stop Snitching: pro or con?; Are Video Vixens Hip-Hop's 5th Element?; Is Busta Rhymes Gay?, etc. While we're still waiting for XXL, the Source, and/or Vibe to finally solve the murder of Biggie Smalls and Tupac, an issue of actual substance has finally emerged — in cyberspace.

The Question: is Barack Obama a “hip-hop president?”

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