Hip-hop 2007: File under “Obits”?

On the eve of a transparently orchestrated retail showdown this coming Tuesday that pits a new release from Kanye West against a new release from 50 Cent, the mainstream media as of late have upped the volume on the chorus to that old classic, “Hip-hop is dying.” To wit:

I’ve yet to see any major publication refute these claims, but I’ll keep my eyes open for one.

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