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There was a decision in the early 1990s that Message Rap wasn’t going to get a big backing anymore. Literally. You know what proved that to me more than anything else? I recently became friends with Speech from Arrested Development. If you think about their story, their album [3 Years, 5 Months, And 2 Days In The Life Of…] had like four platinum singles on it. In a situation like that, when you go back to make your second album, you should be able to write your own ticket. That was commercially viable music - very pro-Black, very spiritual, very political music. When they went back to make their next album, they were basically told, “That’s not what we’re doing anymore.” They never fell off. They never flopped. They were a huge success. They were just done because it was decided that that’s not where the industry is going. The way these kids rap is like the NBA or something. You turn on the NBA and dudes are hitting 3s behind the backboard. [Talent] is through the roof now, but you can only rap about four subjects. If you say anything that’s political, they treat you like you’re rude for that. Like it’s bad manners or poor taste for an entertainer to say something about politics.