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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Reaction to recent Jay-Z article in Vanity Fair

A recent Vanity Fair article highlighted Jay-Z's background as a crack dealer before he achieved success as a rapper and producer.

The article isn't all that interesting, but the reader comments which follow it are.

The magazine itself tilts left but much of its readership evidently has different sensibilities. Many of the commenters point out that rapping takes little talent and that drug dealers should be in jail.

It's a little reminiscent of the NY Post's comments section, which would be filled with similar sentiments after any article about street crime in New York City. The Post eventually stopped allowing comments, since they didn't want to be associated with such viewpoints.

You can make up your own mind about who deals more in unvarnished truth, the anonymous commenters or the media.

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