OK, thanks for the lookback. I remember back in the early 80's when a new artistic form arrived from Newark, NJ. Rapping before then was a kind of informal forum for concerns and greivances. If this is part of the crystallization of the early Rap and Hip-Hop, then I can see what the first rappers were trying to do. And sure, the bigger the money, the bigger the bullies who want a piece. The "Gangsta Mystique" provides a fantasy role for a lot of youth and I hope that they regard it as such and no more.