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Pretty good,but doesn't go far enough,
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This review is from: Westsiders: Stories of the Boys in the Hood (Paperback)
Reading this you find yourself caught between two stools: half the participants in this book you like ,they are witty and entertaining, the other half dumb, lazy, misogynist and content to play up to the role of "nigga" (and I don't mean that in a good way). The one attribute that they all share is a belief that somehow their skills with the mic will lift them out of poverty and this is in itself kind of sad (does the world want another 10,000 rappers?). There is no glamourising of South Central LA in this book; its a struggle to get by living in an area which most large employers wouldn't touch with a barge-pole, but the book doesn't adequately explore what alternatives are available to the residents apart from gangs and welfare (education,anyone), and South C seems to have an incomprehensible magnetic attraction as even college graduates seem to return. The book intends you to make up your own mind and in so slim a book that's hard to do; although it explains the history of South C it would require a much more lengthy tome to spell out "where do we go from here?"