Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sign Of Courtesy: Rapper Dice Raw After Car Accident

Hip-hop artist Dice Raw, a frequent The Roots collaborator and friend, is recovering from injuries due to a car accident last Wednesday (January 5). According to the Philadelphia native, Dice was turning on to Philadelphia North and a young woman ran a red light and totaled his new Jaguar XK convertible. Although the artist has been recuperating for almost a week, he says that “I’ve been thinking about all the handicap people who are less fortunate theneverybody that walks around and does whatever they want whenever they want. I’m definitely going to be figuring out how to get more involved and give my time to handicap organizations to raise awareness.”

Artists, such as Dice Raw often portray the common “street image” because of their tough childhoods, growing up in rough neighborhoods and getting heavily involved with drugs at a young age. However, there are actual warmhearted people under all the tattoos, violence, and sex and drug lyrics. Dice Raw sends out the message that there are others less fortunate than you. Most individuals have two working arms, legs, ears and eyes and a fully functional brain and there are some that don’t have that ability. This statement reveals an artist with true soul.
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Katherine Bosler probably hates the way you
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1 comment:

  1. You do a good job summarizing the article and basically conclude with, "Aww. What a nice guy, despite his tough looks." And while I understand your appreciation of his thoughtfulness, you still need to go one step further and answer the last questions, "Now what? Why should other people care? What are the consequences of his actions?" That is, what is the bigger issue you're addressing here? Why should other drivers take his words and actions to heart? What does it help and how does it make an impact on our larger driving culture. Back when you considered comparing him to another rapper, it seemed like you were gonna make a piece comparing two common reactions to accidents. Just focusing on Dice Raw could have worked too, but we're still left wondering about the bigger picture.

    Also, you say "Artists, such as Dice Raw often portray the common “street image” because of their tough childhoods, growing up in rough neighborhoods and getting heavily involved with drugs at a young age. However, there are actual warmhearted people under all the tattoos, violence, and sex and drug lyrics." This can come off as an uninformed generalism or stereotype unless you can name a few rappers with similar backgrounds, provide specifics on Dice Raw's own hard-bitten biography, or point to the warm-heartedness of other rappers. Otherwise it sounds like "Oh, those gangster rap guys, they're all from the ghetto, but they're good people, you know?" I know that's not what you meant, but specifics and links help show us your connections and trail of thought rather than leaving your meaning shrouded in generality.

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