10/11/2006 Add a comment

Uh, what the heck is Kelefa Sanneh talking about in this NYTimes review of Diddy's new album? He says Diddy is an "nth-rate rapper but a first-rate hustler," and he describes it as a "garish, puzzling album."

So then, how do we jump to the conclusion that "if Diddy has stuck around, it’s because the genre needs him"?

What? What has anyone who enjoys hip-hop "needed" about Diddy? The constant grandstanding? The complete lack of talent? Even wikipedia notes that he has "watered-down" hip-hop by sampling famous songs with mediocre rapping accompaniment. And from the list of incidents, you'd think he'd be in jail. But instead he's one of the wealthiest men in the music industry.

So why, exactly does the genre need Diddy? Anyone? Does hip-hop need "first-rate hustlers"? ben